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Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Yamaha CFX Standard Library

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Yamaha CFX Disklavier
 
 

The Keys to Your Musical Inspiration

 

Please also have a look at our new Synchron Package that includes all available Synchron Series products at a discounted bundle price.

The Yamaha CFX is a beautiful hand-crafted, full size 275 cm (9’) concert grand that represents the pinnacle of the manufacturer's tradition of piano crafting. We captured this beauty in the marvelous environment of Stage A of our newly refurbished scoring stage, Synchron Stage Vienna. Our very own instrument is equipped with Yamaha’s award-winning performance reproducing system “Disklavier ENSPIRE PRO“ that guaranteed utmost precision, resolution and consistency during the entire recording process.

 

The Yamaha CFX grand offers a wide palette of expressive tonal colors, eliciting dramatic intensity and the most subtle nuances. Its distinctive sound can be characterized as precise, bright, clear, powerful and assertive, lending itself to any genre of classical, romantic or contemporary piano music and from solo pieces to chamber and concert works. What’s more, Yamaha CFX grand pianos are particularly at home with pop and jazz genres.

 

The virtual representation of this instrument incorporates our team's unbridled passion for the most natural sound paired with the best player experience.

 

 

Key Features

Up to 4,200 samples per key for maximal authenticity and liveliness
100% natural ambience of one of the best recording halls in the world, Synchron Stage Vienna
Hyper-realistic playing feel
Advanced Release Sample Technology
Multiple Microphone Positions – for a multitude of timbral variations
All-new, intuitive Synchron Pianos software with high-performance playback engine
Six pre-configured Presets: "Concert", "Intimate", "Player", "Pop", "Ambience", "Mighty" 
Soft (una corda), sostenuto, sustain pedals
Half-pedalling and re-pedalling
Sympathetic resonance
Body resonance

 
 
 
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All Natural, Ambient Sound

Our Yamaha CFX grand is permanently stored at our refurbished recording facility Synchron Stage Vienna which is characterized by its particularly warm, intense, and natural ambience. Since its reopening in 2016, this 540 m2 hall has already left its acoustic signature on numerous international productions, from classical chamber music to large-scale orchestral film scores. Today it is considered one of the best recording stages in the world and is frequently booked by world renowned artists, producers and film studios.

 
 

10 Microphone Positions – Up to 4,200 Samples per Key

With up to 4,200 samples per key, our Yamaha CFX boasts breathtaking authenticity. In order to capture this marvellous instrument in one of the best acoustic environments on the planet, we’ve used multiple high-end microphone arrays, giving you an abundance of options for creating your individual sound.

 
Yamaha CFX Grand Piano with Microphone Setup

Microphone and instrument setup
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Microphone Positions

 Standard LibraryFull Library
1. Room Mic (Mix) 
2. Close 1 (Schoeps MK 4)
3. Close 2 (Royer SF-24) 
4. MID 1 (Sennheiser MKH 800)
5. MID 2 (Sennheiser MKH 8040) 
6. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R) •
7. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center) •
8. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R) 
9. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R) 
10. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R) 
 
 

Details of Microphone Settings

The two "Close" and "MID" microphone positions are ideal for a more player-oriented mix.

Room Mic (Mix)The Room Mix channel contains a stereo mix of all available room microphones from the Full Library
Close 1“ORTF” setup with a pair of Schoeps MK 4, positioned as closely as possible over the hammer area. Ideal for producing the typical “pop piano” sound.
Close 2“Blumlein” setup with two ribbon figure-eight capsules of a Royer SF-24 mic, for a fast, direct, and natural sound.
MID 1“ORTF” setup with a pair of Sennheiser MKH 800 mics for a wide, warm yet bright and centered sound.
MID 2“ORTF” setup with a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040 mics for a centered, but harder and more focused sound than the MID 1 Position.
Main/Room MicDecca Tree array (L-C-R) with three DPA 4006 mics. These very neutral microphones captured even the smallest detail of Synchron Stage Vienna. Used in a stereo mix, you can easily hear where the piano is placed. In a surround setup, the Decca tree microphones will be the feed for your front L-R speakers.
Main SurroundWide A-B stereo setup with two DPA4011 cardioid microphones. You may use them as so-called “Wides” or “Outriggers” in a stereo mix in order to create an even more spacious impression. In a surround setup, these microphones would be used for your rear speakers.
High Stereo (3D)Stereo A-B-setup with two AKG C-414 condenser microphones, spotting the very nice reflections of Synchron Stage Vienna’s ceiling. In stereo mixes, you can use them as an alternative to your main mics, or you may down-mix these much more diffused signals. The sound is more “sparkling” and reverberant compared to the main mics. Used in an Auro 3D or Dolby Atmos mix, these microphones should feed your top or ceiling speakers.
High Surround (3D)Like the High Stereo (3D) setup, this A-B array features two AKG C-414 microphones.
 

Advanced Release Sample Technology

Capturing the notes with all the velocities and especially at various tone lengths with their subtle nuances is a major challenge in the art of piano sampling – and it’s particularly tricky when recording the instrument with the ambience of a scoring stage. This is where our new Release Sample Technology comes in. We’ve developed a unique, proprietary technique that automatically matches up to 300 individual and finely grained release samples per key to your played notes. The result is a hyper-realistic playing feel and 100% timbral authenticity.

 

Customize Your Personal Sound

Apart from the multitude of options through mixing various microphone signals, our Yamaha CFX comes with an all-new, dedicated sample player that opens a whole new dimension for shaping your sound. Hosting a high-performance playback engine built from ground up, the software provides a musician-friendly user interface that allows for quick and easy timbral control. Create your sound intuitively by filtering particular key ranges or even single keys, adjust the body resonance of the instrument or add just a pinch of algorithmic reverb to refine the overall sound.

 
Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Mixer View

Synchron Pianos Mixer

 

Utmost Precision and Consistency

As evidenced by the huge amount of sample data, the recording phase of this Yamaha CFX grand piano project extended over several months, which demanded absolute consistency within the room and for the instrument itself. To protect the piano’s environment and ensure reliable recordings, Synchron Stage Vienna’s integrated system for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) provided very consistent climatic conditions throughout the entire recording process. Further, all samples were recorded using the instrument’s integrated, computer controlled performance reproducing system. Its non-contact optical sensors detected every movement of all 88 keys (position, velocity and release velocity) and the pedals (including half-pedaling) with utmost precision, reproducing the most delicate nuances of a human performance. Additional hammer sensor feedback allowed for accurate reproduction of special playing techniques such as rapid note repetition and softly-played notes. What’s more, over the course of several months, Vienna Symphonic Library team members were trained in preparing and tuning a grand piano accurately by Vienna’s leading piano technicians in order to achieve absolutely consistent tuning and sound characteristics during the entire recording process. The impeccable result must really be heard (and played) to be appreciated!

 
 
 Standard LibraryFull Library
Sample Amount119,020238,040
Download File Size34.6 GB71.2 GB
Installed File Size115.0 GB239.9 GB

 

Presets

In the browser window of the Synchron Pianos player you may select from four general preset categories:

Preset CategoryDescription
Room Mix
(Standard Library)
Ready-made, resource saving presets with as few microphones as possible. The “Room Mix” Channel contains a mix of all available microphones from the Full Library.
Decca Tree Multi Mic
(Standard Library)
The classic sound of a Decca tree stereo recording features a more slender sound with less diffusion compared to the “Room Mix” Presets.
Surround to Stereo Downmix
(Full Library)
These presets include all available room microphones with various runtime delays, creating more diversity in the perception of room depth.
Surround
(Full Library)
Designed to send the microphone signals to your available surround channels.
 

What’s more, the Synchron Pianos player interface offers instant and direct access to six pre-configured character presets:

1. Concert Character: A grand spatial representation of the Yamaha CFX at Synchron Stage Vienna.
Perspective: Conductor, with the instrument at its original recording position on the right (as an alternative, you may select the “Concert Centered” preset).
Mix: Additional Reverb on the Close and MID microphones, with a 35 ms runtime delay on the Room Mix channel.
Recommendation: Piano concerts
2. Intimate Character: Close, charming sound with attenuated treble register and added Body Resonances.
Perspective: Player, centered
Mix: Little reverb on the Close microphone, with a 33 ms runtime delay on the narrowed Room Mix channel.
Recommendation: For intimate ballads and low, mighty chords.
3. Player Character: Natural, close sound without any additional EQing and a soft touch of the room. Immediate response with the full stereo width of the keyboard. The real Yamaha CFX playing feel.
Perspective: Player, centered
Mix: Very little additional reverb on the Close microphones, with dampened high frequencies and a 21 ms runtime delay on the narrowed Room Mix channel.
Recommendation: Ideal recording preset
4. Pop Character: Powerful and assertive, with reduced MIDI sensitivity, accentuated low and high frequencies and a short reverb.
Perspective: Player, centered
Mix: Little additional reverb on the MID microphones, with bolstered deep and high frequencies and a 21 ms runtime delay on the narrowed Room Mix channel.
Recommendation: For the modern songwriter, for live solo peformances and within a band context.
5. Ambience Character: Spacious, roomy, washy, with soft attacks. Assertive sound even in the background of a mix.
Perspective: Conductor, with the instrument at its original recording position on the right.
Mix: Much reverb on all microphones and a 27 ms runtime delay on the Room Mix channel.
Recommendation: Soaring melodies, lush arrangements, film scores.
6. Mighty Character: Bouncing, echoing sound with a distinctive slapback. 
Perspective: Conductor, with the instrument at its original recording position on the right.
Mix: Much reverb on all microphones, with EQ adjustments. The slapback is created with the runtime delays for the Mid microphone and Room Mix channel. You may adjust it to fit the tempo of your music.
Recommendation: Scenes with cinematic landscapes, wide fields, industry halls or concrete walls.
7. Concert
   centered
 Very similar to the Concert Preset, but centered in the room. Comes with EQ and panning adaptations. Ideal for solo performances.
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