Piano

Lekko



Lekko [le•ko] is a beautifully recorded upright piano played as softly as possible and captured with a collection of hand-made 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. Inspired by ‘Felt’, the seminal album by Nils Frahm, it’s got that a imperfect sound I truly love. And I hope you will, 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 a variety of techniques and tools, including tape echoes, BBD delay and BBD reverb, lo-fi-ish early digital reverb, cassettes 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’, the result is 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 in a way that embraces little imperfections that makes the performance sound human. The notes are not perfectly consistent and noiseless. The best way to describe it is: it’s me, playing the piano with your ear as close to the strings as possible.

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


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. Standard MIDI controllers and the Expressive E Touché are supported as well.






Format


VST / AU Plugin. Windows and macOS compatible. Lifetime free updates. Watermarked to you. Downloads with Pulse.

Windows - 32 and 64bit.
Mac - 64 bit only. 7,12GB installed. MPE requires a compatible host.

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




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