Piano

Lekko

Lekko [le•ko] is a beautifully recorded upright piano played as softly as possible and captured with a collection of boutique tube and ribbon mics through hand-made valve preamps for that warm, almost fragile sound.


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This is not your standard, polished piano. Sampled humanly from a small Scandinavian upright (missing the bottom octave) that has a wery warm and intimate tone. If you loved Nils Frahm’s ‘Felt’, you’ll love Lekko, too.

Besides the soft sustains, you’ll also get characterful shorts (going from a hand-muted sound to full ringing) and irregular, unsynced tremolos allowing you to create organic swirl of notes based on the chords you play.

Both sustains and shorts have 5 repetition samples per every sampled note so every time you hit a key, the sound changes subtly. This adds a lot to the realism of the instrument, not only when playing repeating patterns. 
The acoustic piano is only half of the story, though. What you’ll also find is a collection of sound design Afterglow patches, created by processing the piano using vintage hardware and tape

Inspired by modern sound design of soundtracks like Hildur Guðnadóttir‘s ‘Chernobyl’ and Geoff Barrow’s and Ben Salisbury’s work on ‘Annihilation’, i t’s a collection of bespoke patches that evoke that dusty, analogue vibe, ranging from fragile and soft to dirty remains of the original signal. Think of them as an ultimate inspiration pallette that you can shape and perform using the interface or your favourite MIDI controller.

‘My go-to piano. It sounds exactly as my own upright piano I use in my studio, but I never succeeded in recording it as nice.’


- Trentemøller



‘A wonderfully intuitive and creative instrument that lets you choose between intimacy and vast spaces!’


- Ben Lukas Boysen



Acoustic

A super soft piano performed using various techniques.





Afterglow

Ambient sound explorations crated with tape and vintage outboard.



What makes it different?



While there are a lot of intimate upright pianos on the market, they often feel quite sterile.

Lekko takes a different approach. It’s sampled by embracing little imperfections that makes the performance sound human. The notes are not perfectly consistent and noiseless. The best way to describe the sound is: me, playing the piano with your ear as close to the strings as possible without getting hit by the hammers.

The fact that it was recorded with a beautiful signal chain full of warmth and character doesn’t hurt either.


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Expression ready


The instrument comes pre-mapped for any knobs and sliders so you can get hands-on from the get go. The mapping is kept consistent with the other Felt Instruments’ plugins.

It works great with standard MIDI keyboards, Expressive E Touché and all controllers that have a mod wheel.


If you own a MPE device, such as the ROLI Seaboard, you can perform the Afterglow patches using a multi-dimensional polyphonic control, shaping the textures on per-note basis.

‘ Lekko can enchant you with the sound of a couple of chords with its warm feeling and its authentic intimacy. A perfect choice if you need something truly magical and different.’


- Sound Bytes review




Plugin


VST / AU / AAX plugin for Windows and macOS (10.11 or newer). Lifetime free updates. Watermarked to you. Downloads with Pulse.

7,12GB installed, twice as much required for setup. 8GB of RAM and an i5 or better CPU required. MPE requires a compatible host.

The plugin supports every major DAW like Ableton, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, Studio One, Reaper etc. Mac and Pro Tools versions 64-bit only.

Acoustic


Sustains
5xRR, 1 dynamic layer
Muted shorts
5xRR, 3 dynamic layers
Irregular tremolos
2 intensities

Afterglow


Half-Speed Sustains
Quarter-Speed Sustains
Sunrise
Yellow Dreams
Tears In The Rain
Fade In