Augmented GRAND PIANO

Acoustic piano reinvented

Augmented GRAND PIANO delivers a multitude of expressive, contemporary, and abstract piano sounds, beautifully recorded, fused with cutting-edge synthesis, and tailor-made for modern composers & producers.

A Grand
Reimagining

Open the lid on a totally modernized piano VST experience.

From the authentic to the impossible, unlock premium piano sounds for cinematic score & library composition, immersive game soundscapes, and slick modern DAW production with an intuitive & inspiring piano experience that transcends virtual instruments.

Piano timbres unheard

Augmented GRAND PIANO alters the sound of a timeless instrument into something new. From galaxy-spanning granular sustain to felt tones twisted and transformed with racks of studio gear, take your piano as off-piste as you dare.

Production-ready sounds

Theatrical concert grand richness, platinum cinematic textures, evolving metallic atmospheres, barely-recognizable hybrid effects; whatever your style, Augmented GRAND PIANO can make the piano work for you.

Construct your sound

Customize every aspect of your piano timbre with 2 distinct layers, each including 2 sound sources, letting you weave your own compound textures with whatever combination of samples and synthesis you need.

Transformative morphing

Animate your tracks with timbres that flow between familiar & far-out, acoustic & synthetic, pure & transformed. The powerful Morph control lets you move between your sound layers and make broad changes to multiple aspects of your sound with one control.

Instant expression

Customize and interact with Augmented GRAND PIANO’s sound intuitively with its array of straightforward macro controls and responsive connections to velocity and aftertouch, ensuring that expressive dynamics, articulation, and timbral control is only ever a click away.

Deep sound design

Augmented GRAND PIANO is your shortcut to compelling piano sounds, but its advanced panel lets you go deeper when your project calls for it. Add complex modulation, keep it moving with smart arpeggiation, and fine-tune your sound layers in one place.

Morphing:
a full piano continuum

It starts with a grand piano; where it ends is up to you.

A detailed library of authentic & abstract piano samples. A built-in synthesis engine with 4 powerful modes. Numerous forms of modulation, expression, and FX. Augmented GRAND PIANO’s central Morph control lets you seamlessly move between all of these aspects with a single sweep.

Sampling

The rich sound of a Steinway Model D, the most famous grand piano of all time, expertly recorded in a host of weird & wonderful ways; with felt damping, with ping pong balls, with a vintage tape machine, and more. A practical piano sample library with an experimental edge.

Synthesis

Add sub depth to your piano bass, intensify your piano chords with in-your-face noisy textures, or gnarl your soft melodies with dissonant harmonic reflections. Augmented GRAND PIANO features 4 modes of synthesis: Virtual Analog, Granular, Wavetable, and Harmonic.

Multi-Samples Layering

Virtual Analog

Wavetable

Granular

Harmonics

Sound sculpting
simplicity

Discover inspiring, refreshing piano sounds in seconds.

Augmented GRAND PIANO is designed to be simple to use, giving you maximum control over your sound with minimal hassle. Interact with a handful of intuitive controls and enjoy ever-evolving sounds that you’ll keep coming back to.

  • Morph

    Make sweeping changes to multiple elements in your sound with the Morph control. Move between your sample & synthesis sound layers, and simultaneously tweak up to 8 assignable parameters for dramatic timbral changes within one preset.

  • FX, Delay, Reverb

    The final piece to Augmented GRAND PIANO’s sonic puzzle. The dedicated Delay and Reverb master FX add space and time-based ambience to your sound, plus you can assign 2 custom FX per sound layer for your own flavor of coloration.

  • Color, Time, Motion

    If your sound needs a little more, a little less, or just something a little different, these 3 macro controls affect things like envelope time, filtering, modulations, and more, offering quick & instinctive control over the shape and character of your sound.

Deeper
sound design

Detailed control over your piano sounds - when you need it.

Underneath its simple layout and quick controls, Augmented GRAND PIANO offers all the flexibility and customization you need to truly make it your own. From sound layers to intricate modulation, it’s all right here.

LAYERS
MODULATION
ARPEGGIATOR
EFFECTS
MACROS

It all starts with Augmented GRAND PIANO’s sound engines. Two layers, each containing two engines, for a total of 4 fully-customizable sound sources. With these 4 sound sources, you can assign up to 2 sample engines and 2 synthesis engines, then adjust details like filter cutoff and envelope times.

Inject movement and variety into your sound with click-and-drag modulation routing in seconds. Assign multiple LFOs, functions generators, keyboard controls, and more, with almost every element of Augmented GRAND PIANO available as a modulation destination.

If you’re not a piano player, or you simply want to experiment with precise metronomic motion in your sound, the built-in 16-step polymetric Arpeggiator has the answers. Turn soft open-lid chords into dancing melodies, processed hammers into percussive elements, or a single note into a pulsing synth-esque motif.

Dial in your own flavors of crunch, sound-sculpting, or total transformation with 2 stereo FX slots per layer, and add the final spatial and time-based touches with Delay and Reverb on the master bus at the end of the chain.

The brains behind Augmented GRAND PIANO’s central macro controls. See your assigned parameters and adjustments in real-time, and make detailed changes to ensure that your sound responds just how you want it to.

Like you’ve never
heard it before

These aren’t just high-quality samples. Augmented GRAND PIANO’s library features detailed recordings of a late ‘80s Steinway Model D, widely considered to be the greatest grand piano of all time.

A selection of atypical samples in Augmented GRAND PIANO : Ping Pong, Bowed, Balinese Beach, Burning Amp, and Gramophonic.

And that’s only the beginning. The library features familiar & authentic articulations suited to both classical & contemporary music, but it also contains a variety of unique outside-the-box recordings. Piano played with ping pong balls, with a bow, with paper in between the strings. We also went one step further by processing these sounds through tape machines, pedals, studio gear, and more.

Even before morphing, modulation, or FX, Augmented GRAND PIANO ranges from authentic piano to sounds that simply aren’t possible with the traditional instrument.

A perfect production
piano library

Evocative & professional piano sound in seconds.

Augmented GRAND PIANO comes loaded with over 300 mix-ready sounds, sorted by style, timbre, and sound designer. Unlock the inspiring piano sounds you’ve always wanted, from emotive film score tones to otherworldly video game ambience, razor-sharp synth-infused sounds to delicate modern ballad textures.

Grand Piano

I Felt It

A traditional felt piano combined with a soft mallet.

Bell To Ashes

Natural sounding Pop Piano

Ultimate

Real, damped cinematic piano

Hybrid

Lucid Hammers

Velocity triggers wood-like hammer attack on these lucid, easily usable keys.

Tape Piano

An emulation of a Piano going through a tape recorder.

Forest Floor

Soft and dreamy ambient piano.

Synths

Cosmonaut

A resonant filter in crescendo (hold keys for a few seconds) gives this piano-based cinematic sound its characteristic sweep.

Breath of Light

A lush emotive pad layered with a soft piano and bowed elements.

Drone It

Two mixable ambiances you can blend over with the Morph Macro.

Artistscorner

PressClippings

  • WeRaveYou

    On Augmented GRAND PIANO

    “The new plugin is incredibly powerful, full of high quality sounds as well as limitless controls to shape and manipulate the sound for new and exciting creations.”

  • Gearspace

    On Augmented GRAND PIANO

    “A true instrument and a world of crazy sonic explorations”

  • Music Radar

    On Augmented GRAND PIANO

    “Regular pianos not soundscapey enough for you? Try Augmented Grand Piano”

  • Noisegate

    On Augmented GRAND PIANO

    “Augmented Grand Piano morphs premium sampled and processed grand piano sounds with flexible synthesis engines and intuitive modulation, offering a beautiful, approachable, inspiring software instrument that’s perfect for modern composition.”

Hear it
in action

Before experiencing Augmented GRAND PIANO for yourself, check out these fully-produced demos, courtesy of the sound designers and artists behind its library of inspiring sounds.

Earthly Nhar

(Nhar)

A melodic, old school techno track using several Factory presets of Augmented GRAND PIANO.

Where The Other Goes

(Matt Paull)

An upbeat energetic song, utilising rhythmic Augmented GRAND PIANO grooves and a syncopated drum beat built for clubs.

Augmented Dream

(Microlot)

Laid back melodic track with hip-hop influences, using several instances of Augmented GRAND PIANO.

Awakenings

(The Solos)

Intense cinematic track using Augmented GRAND PIANO arrangements.

Beret d'Hiver

(Alix Logiaco)

Playful and contemplative nu jazz track showcasing the real samples of Augmented GRAND PIANO.

Tiny Time

(Victor Morello)

Neoclassical composition showcasing the Morph between real and synth sounds in Augmented GRAND PIANO.

The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

    Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

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Main Features

Virtual Instruments playable in a DAW (Live, FL Studio, Logic,...) or standalone with a MIDI keyboard.

Dynamic hybrid piano instrument

2 Layers within each preset; each layer contains 2 customizable sound sources

Detailed piano sample library with expressive and contemporary articulations

  • Real piano samples
  • Processed piano samples
  • Additional abstract samples

Flexible synth engines

  • Virtual analog
  • Granular
  • Harmonic
  • Wavetable

Morph control moves between Layers A and B, and/or affecting up to 8 custom destinations

7 additional macros: Time, Color, Motion, FX A, FX B, Reverb, Delay

2 LFOs, 2 Function Generators, 2 Random Generators, 4 Keyboard modulation sources, dedicated Vibrato & Tremolo

2 FX slots per layer with 14 FX including ParamEQ, Bitcrusher, BL-20 Flanger, and more

Dedicated Delay and Reverb sends with 5 spatial/time-based algorithms

Built-in 16-step arpeggiator

300 factory presets included

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

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