The Piano section of the Piano 5 is where you would select your Piano sounds and edit them to suit your requirements. The Piano section has lots of controls to help you shape your Piano sounds. Some of these may seem subtle, but it is sometimes those small details that make all the difference when creating sounds, especially where Pianos are concerned.
Three different velocity curves allow you to decide how the piano will respond to your playing style. This is useful when jumping between acoustic, electric or digital pianos where their dynamic characteristics require a different touch in order to be played authentically.
Three Filter types, Soft, Mid and Bright can be selected which will change the Timbre/Tone of your pianos sounds. Ideal in a live situation where you need to quickly make an EQ change to compensate for the venue/stage acoustics. The Timbre function also includes the Dyno 1 and Dyno 2 EQ settings which work exclusively on the Electric Piano sounds to give them the classic ‘LA’ bell type sound.
Equally, the Acoustic pianos have their own exclusive settings - String Resonance and Soft Release.
String Resonance is the sympathetic vibration of the strings within the shell of the piano which can be heard when the dampers are lifted whilst playing. This String Resonance is a big part of the acoustic character of a piano sound and, on some of the larger pianos, can even sound like reverb sometimes.
Soft Release is a subtle feature but beneficial to piano players who require a slightly smoother release to the notes for certain pieces of music they are playing.
Other useful features are the ability to turn the Sustain Pedal and Volume Pedal on or off per Layer and Section which comes into its own when you are combining sounds together in Splits or Layers and only want particular elements of your overall sound to be controlled by the pedals.
Detune allows you to detune one Piano Layer against the other and sounds great when combining a couple of the Uprights to get that classic ‘honky-tonk’ sound.
And, all of these settings are independent per Layer, so you could combine two Pianos together and have totally different settings on Layer A to those on Layer B.