Sampling the Waves Grand Rhapsody Piano

Mixing engineer and plugin developer Yoad Nevo reveals how the Fazioli grand piano in Metropolis’s Studio A was sampled to create the Waves Grand Rhapsody piano.

Watch the video and learn about the sampling process, the function of every mic chosen, how they were positioned, and which preamps and convertors were used to capture the sound.

From Waves….

Like a sleek Italian sports car, the Fazioli F228 model was engineered from the finest Italian parts and craftsmanship, taking its wood from the same red spruce forest where Antonio Stradivari cultivated his rare and celebrated violins. The deep bass, rich resonance and crystal clear tonal qualities produced by the wood have made the Fazioli a highly coveted instrument for the most discerning ears in music.

Recorded at Metropolis with 8 different pairs of state-of-the-art microphones and the highest-quality preamps and converters, Waves’ Grand Rhapsody virtual piano delivers the same majestic sound as the studios’ original Fazioli piano, with added features that only a plugin can provide.

From pop/rock songwriting to electronic production to intimate jazz and classical piano, Grand Rhapsody offers a wide range of tonality for musicians and producers. You can blend up to 3 mic pairs of your choice and choose their position; control how much of the pedal, key up and sympathetic resonance you mix into the overall sound; and apply Waves’ award-winning effects including EQ, compressor, limiter, delay, and reverb based on Waves’ state-of-the-art H-Reverb.

Whether you prefer to load one of the expertly programmed presets or create your own sounds from scratch, Grand Rhapsody furnishes you with all the warmth and richness you’d expect from one of the most luxurious pianos in the world – plus a little extra, from Waves.

Mics used to sample the original Fazioli:

B&K 4007
Shure SM57
Neumann U87
Royer R121
SE RN17
Neumann KM84
Coles 4038
AKG C451