Introducing London Boyd: 1920's Upright, a new upright piano library from Sonixinema. This charming piano adorned the halls of some of London's finest establishments for the best part of a century. It's characterful and intimate timbre resonates with the history that precedes it, which is what inspired us to capture the sound in this one of a kind virtual instrument. With a wonderfully rich and earthy tone, each note contains unparalled expression which is perfect for creating a sophisticated and emotional sound within a few key strokes.
As a new addition to our popular Mini Tools range, London Boyd provides an incredible sound at a fraction of the cost. We truly believe that an instrument with this much history and musicality should be available to anyone, anywhere.
To get you started, we have created 16 presets which range from warm and intimate, to broken and quirky. These have been designed to provide instant inspiration and allow you to spend your time creating great music. In addition to this, we have provided a selection of effects such as delay, reverb, distortion and other sound shaping parametres to allow maximum control over the sound you want to create.
Recorded in an intimate live room in the heart of the English countryside, we focused on capturing London Boyd's naturally resonant character. Using high quality microphones such as AKG C414's and DPA 4060's, we wanted to record not only the piano's tonal qualities but also it's mechanical qualities. To achieve this, we placed the DPA 4060 microphones extremely close to the hammers and keys in order to recreate the feeling of sitting infront of a piano and hearing the delicate textures that truly bring it to life.