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Neo-Soul Keys

Posted by Mikers On March - 20 - 2013

StageWith the incredible success of our computer based versions of Neo-Soul Keys®, we felt it an obvious decision to bring our incredible electric piano libraries to the iOS. Despite the eagerness, we did not want to produce a sub-par app just for sake of making an electric piano library, so we worked directly with Apple’s engineers to bring to you, for the first time ever: SAMPLE STREAMING USING APPLE LOSSLESS CAF FORMAT. No other app that we know of offers real-time zone switching sample streaming with lossless compression. Many other sample library apps offer the samples to be loaded into memory, which obviously severely cripples the detail and amount of samples you are able to use. With sample streaming, we are able to use the same high quality sampling techniques, zone switching, and velocity layering, without sacrificing the quality similar to a desktop sample library. So what we did was load all of the electric piano effects samples in system memory, and dedicated the most important sustain samples to stream from the internal flash RAM. The results make for a high quality, low latency, and professional grade electric piano sound module that you can take with you and play live!

You see, many sound designers are trained in a certain way of sampling, by making things so tidy and neat. Every sample is perfectly cut, trimmed, and cross-faded to perfection. Unfortunately, this is not real life and it definitely is not what a real electromechanical instrument is suppose to sound like. It is in those uneven notes, blanks, quarks, splats, clanks, and mechanical nuances that really make you fell like you are playing a real living and breathing organic instrument. This is what we intended with Neo-Soul Keys® – a real world feeling and experience of playing a real electromechanical instrument. You even hear the pedal noises when the sustain pedal is being pressed and released. THAT IS HOW MUCH DETAIL WE PUT INTO OUR INSTRUMENTS! As a result, our Neo-Soul Keys® has been featured and licensed by none other than Steinberg®, who are the the inventors and creators of VST technology.

For more details – http://neosoulkeys.com/

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2 Responses to “Neo-Soul Keys”

  1. Jazzy Jim says:

    Hi….just a couple comments….I was excited to try this app, and the sounds are very good.
    However, despite all the huge undertaking to get to this point, I have to say, this is still unplayable in any
    Pro situation whatsoever….essentially fun for toying around at home…as soon as you introduce a sustain pedal
    To the equation and go over a certain number of notes at once, the party is over! The CPU maxes out and you get major crackling…this is on an ipad 3 in airplane mode with irig midi interface. I imagine ipad 4 will get some better performance but combining the crackling with the latency which exists (and no place to control it), the app is simply useless. The only app I have found which doesn’t fall down with the sustain pedal is Sampletank and I think they get around it by releasing notes when reaching maximum polyphony or something….I’d love to work with the developer as a tester….haven’t tested iLectric piano yet by the way.

  2. Math baps says:

    I’m very interested in your opinion of ielectric Jim, please test it out

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