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Abbey Road Studios CFX Lite

Virtual Instrument by Garritan

Stunning Grand Piano Made Accessible

We placed the awe-inspiring Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano in Abbey Road Studio One, where award-winning engineers used the world’s greatest microphones and equipment to create a stunning virtual instrument library. The resulting product, the CFX Concert Grand, set new standards for virtual pianos.

The CFX Lite is a subset of the CFX Concert Grand that retains all of the expressive detail of the original by providing the full power of the Close Classic mic perspective. Today you can download stellar piano sounds at an affordable price.

A Truly Remarkable Virtual Piano

The Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Lite offers you access to the Yamaha CFX, an incredible concert grand piano characterized by a wide palette of tonal colors and the ability to create the most subtle, expressive nuances. This beautiful instrument is matched with the stunning acoustics of Abbey Road Studios’ legendary Studio One and the finest collection of microphones in the world. The CFX Lite includes the Classic Close mic perspective from the full CFX Concert Grand.

Special Features

Timbre Effect

CFX Lite uses a higher or lower sample than the pitch you play (depending on the knob setting) and transposes it, producing the altered timbre at the correct pitch. When the Timbre Effect knob is at 50%, you’ll experience the natural timbre of the sampled Yamaha CFX concert grand piano. Turn the Timbre Effect knob above 50% to give the piano a more plucked sound and turn the Timbre Effect knob below 50% for a less percussive sound. This can be used to emulate the George Martin technique utilized on “In My Life”.

Reverb

Size and Decay knobs added for more comprehensive control over the reverb settings.

Impulses

22 Reverb impulses of actual presets from Abbey Road Studio One rack gear. (serious secret sauce!)

Re-Pedaling and Partial Pedaling

Added realism to pedal behavior. Re-Pedaling “catches” a note with the sustain pedal after it is played and Partial Pedaling allows you to use a continuous sustain pedal to vary the amount of dampening applied.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or later
  • Audio interface compatible with ASIO

Macintosh

  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later

Both

  • Multi-core processor required
  • 4 GB RAM minimum required
  • 22 GB of free hard drive space required
  • A dedicated hard drive for CFX samples is recommended, but not required
  • Drive speed of 7200 RPM recommended; SSD is preferred
  • Internet connection for installation, updates and online registration

Optional

  • A MIDI interface may be required if you are using a MIDI keyboard. Many keyboards now use USB.
  • The ability to assign controllers within your keyboard, music program, or sequencer is recommended
  • High-quality speakers and amplifier, or high-quality headphones

The Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand sound library is AAX, RTAS, VST, and AU compatible, and is proudly powered by the ARIA Player. There’s no need to purchase a separate sampler.

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