bitKlavier Grand Sample Library—Lip Cardioid Mic Image

Trueman, Daniel
Issue date: 24 March 2022
Cite as:
Trueman, Daniel. (2022). bitKlavier Grand Sample Library—Lip Cardioid Mic Image [Data set]. Princeton University.
  author      = {Trueman, Daniel},
  title       = {{bitKlavier Grand Sample Library—Lip Card
                ioid Mic Image}},
  publisher   = {{Princeton University}},
  year        = 2022,
  url         = {}

The bitKlavier Grand consists of sample collections of a new Steinway D grand piano from nine different stereo mic images, with: 16 velocity layers, at every minor 3rd (starting at A0); Hammer release samples; Release resonance samples; Pedal samples. Release packages at 96k/24bit, 88.2k/24bit, 48k/24bit, 44.1k/16bit are available for various applications.

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Lip Cardioid: DPA 4011—cardioids This pair of microphones is designed to capture the sound of the strings, hammers and harp with little contribution from the open lid, stage-floor, and room. It’s centrally located position accurately captures the stereo image of the piano if a listener was facing the open lid. The use of cardioids and the close position (at the lip of the piano) gives an impression of a bass-boost (by taking advantage of the proximity effect of cardioids). This is a familiar position used in jazz recordings. It’s a close sound and somewhat darker than a pair of mics that would be higher above the strings. File Naming Convention: C4 = middle C
. Main note names: 
[note name][octave]v[velocity].wav
 -- e.g., “D#5v13.wav”
. Release resonance notes:  harm[note name][octave]v[velocity].wav
 -- e.g., “harmC2v2.wav”
. Hammer samples:
 rel[1-88].wav (one per key)
 -- e.g., “rel23.wav”
. Pedal samples:
 -- e.g., “pedalU2.wav” => pedal release (U = up), velocity = 2 (quicker release than velocity = 1)

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This dataset is too large to download directly from this item page. You can access and download the data via Globus (See "" for instructions on how to use Globus).

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# Filename Description Filesize
1 README_LipCardioid.txt 10.8 KB
2 The bitKlavier Grand.pdf 8.72 MB