MakeMusic introduces a new virtual piano in partnership with Abbey
Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and
nuance of the CFX
Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with
definitive attack from the hammers
Player– delivers the unique experience of playing from the
piano bench in Studio One
MakeMusic, Inc. and Abbey Road Studios announced today the upcoming
release of a new virtual instrument, Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert
Grand, featuring the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in Abbey
Road Studios’ historic Studio One.
“In creating our new CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, we’ve partnered
with the very best,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of
instrumental sciences. “Abbey Road Studios is an undisputed world
leader, where brilliant engineers blend the latest technology with
legendary equipment and acoustics. This same ‘best of both worlds’
approach also drove the design of the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano.
The flagship concert grand of the Yamaha piano line, the CFX is a
stunning instrument that has elevated the art of piano making.”
“We’re delighted to have captured the fine details of this remarkable
piano in this spectacular studio. The result is an incredible new
virtual piano with a power, richness and clarity that is unmatched.”
Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete
The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed
to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale,
as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team
on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey
Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if
you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled
instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”
The CFX virtual instrument will be available as a download for $259.95,
and as a boxed (USB flash drive) version for $299.95. Product downloads
and additional information can be found at Garritan.com.
MakeMusic’s Garritan and Finale products are exclusively distributed
Music in North America, India, Australia and New Zealand and are
available through music resellers worldwide.
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About MakeMusic, Inc.
Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop
and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught,
learned, and performed. For 25 years, Finale® has been
the industry standard in music notation software, enabling musicians
worldwide to create, edit, audition, print, and publish musical scores.
MakeMusic’s SmartMusic® interactive music learning
software transforms the way students practice. With an online library of
thousands of band, orchestra, and vocal pieces, students practice with
background accompaniment and receive immediate feedback on their
performance. Teachers leverage SmartMusic to individualize instruction
and document the progress of every student. MakeMusic mobile apps
include Finale Songbook™ and SmartMusic on iPad®.
MakeMusic is also the creator of Garritan® sound
libraries, providing state-of-the-art virtual instruments with the
playback quality of a live performance, and MusicXML™, the
internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, distribute interactive
sheet music, and share music notation with a wide variety of software
programs. Additional information about this Minnesota company can be
found at www.makemusic.com.
About Abbey Road Studios
Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an
iconic symbol of British music. They have been home to countless
landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.
Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first
purpose built recording studios. The studios have a phenomenal 80 year
history working with many of the world’s most famous artists including
The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the
Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga. Also one of the world’s premiere locations
for movie scoring, since the 1980s films such as Raiders of the Lost
Ark, the Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Braveheart and The
King’s Speech have been recorded there. The list continues with many
other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry
Potter, Sky fall and The Hobbit. Additional
information can be found at www.abbeyroad.com.
About the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano
CFX is the culmination of almost 20 years of development and intense
evaluations by many of the world's most talented piano designers,
artists and technicians. From the outset Yamaha technicians
deconstructed the traditional concert grand concept and began rebuilding
it from the ground up. Every aspect of traditional piano design was
questioned, evaluated, improved and relentlessly tested. Once the design
was nearing completion, multiple prototypes endured thousands of hours
of secret testing at concert halls across the globe. The revolutionary
instrument CFX is entirely hand-built with all materials meticulously
selected and refined to ensure unprecedented music performance in the
most demanding of situations. The CFX is truly one of the finest pianos
ever created. Additional information can be found at www.cfseries.com.
Carol Spenillo, 952-906-3670
Source: MakeMusic, Inc.