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Vintage Accordion

Vintage Accordion is a new virtual instrument based on a vintage italian accordion made in Castelfidardo in the 60s years. To realized it I made a deep study about its special sound. I love that sound and all its expressive variations! To capture its soul I worked with amazing technical tools (from microphones to sound card, from editing software to developement system)! I recorded, edited and looped almost 1300 waveforms for a total of 2GB of memory storage. All samples are perfectly looped. I recorded all the registers of my accordion, all the keys for 4 velocity layers and 2 round robin. I adopted a filter to simulate the harmonic variation of sounds during its dynamic range. I separately recorded the key-on and key-off noises for a more realistic sound! Now I can tell: "Yes! This is its real sound!".
Enjoy with it! (Paolo Principi)

LISTEN

First: listen with the
musician's ear!

RECORD

Second: record with
high-end tools!

ANALYSIS

Third: Analysis to
find out the goals!

EDITING

Fourth: Edit and loop
the sounds

PLAY

Fifth: Play to listen
the results

DEVELOP

Sixth: Build the
virtual instrument

1289
Samples
1825
MegaBytes
96
kHz
24
Bit

The Sound

The Accordion

Music first!

"Vintage Accordion" is based on an old Titano Accordion made in Castelfidardo (Italy) by Victoria in the 60s years. This instrument is one of the most acclaimed vintage accordions on the market. Its sound, with the "tube chamber" solution, allows the musicians to explore all the expressive possibilities that an accordion can produce!

Accordion Culture

Passion and Experience

I live near Castelfidardo. In this nice place I had the possibility to meet amazing people who dedicated their life to the sound of this instrument. Some of theese, like Vitaliano Morbidoni (photo) and now Roberto Morbidoni knows all the secrets of the accordion sound and construction.

Recording

Take it!

I recorded my vintage accordion with a Neumann TLM103 large diaphragm microphone thru an amazing Apogee Symphony I/O converter with its own Mic Preamp card for the best audio resolution and musical details. All the 1289 samples are in 96kHz/24bit resolution!

Analysis

Observation!

By a careful analysis of the sound I found a great variation of the harmonic spectrum during the dynamic range of the reeds. This fact depends on the high quality of the hand made reeds of the instrument.
Yes, I tried to reproduce this amazing feature!

Layers & Filters

Composing the sound

I used 4 dynamic layers and 2 round-robins for each note of the instrument. A special filter modulated by expression pedal allows a great "crescendo" effect to obtain a real bellow controlled sound. A Tremolo effect is modulate by "modulation wheel"

Loops

Play it again Sam!

All the samples of the Vintage Accordion are perfectly looped with "DSPQuattro" audio editing software. In this way, you can play very long notes from your instruments without interruptions.

Registers/Presets

All the sounds you need

The 7 registers of the real accordion are implemented: Basson (16"), Bandoneon (16"+8"), Organ (16"+4"), Master (16"+8"+4"), Oboe (8"+4") and Piccolo (4"). I provide to set various presets, from left and right hand together to single register presets to manage every MIDI configuration.

Controls

Power is nothing without control

Control panel with: single voice volume (16", 8" and 4"), key noises volume (key-on and key-off). Reverb on/off, time and wet/dry controls. Accordion registers are selectionable in the control panel or by Key-switches.

UVI Powered

Play it now and ...FREE!

Vintage accordion comes with its own sample player, the Uvi Workstation 2 (v2.5.6 or later). Uvi provides it for free! It works on Mac (10.6 or later) and PC (windows XP SP2 or later), in standalone or as a plugin (VST, AU, AAX, RTAS, MAS) and in 32 and 64 bits. You can use it with Motu Machfive too (v. 3.2.1 or later).

Copy Protection

Save your sounds!

Vintage accordion is protected by the PACE Protection System. You can register your virtual instrument to your computer or to an iLok key (version 1 or version 2). To authorize your library, please download the iLok authorization manager.

audio demos

Video Teaser

by Paolo Principi

Video Review

by Uwe Steger

Specifications

Vintage "Titano Accordion" implementation

1289 Samples

>1,8 GB Storage

96 kHz Sample rate

24 bit resolution

All sample are perfectly looped

4 velocity layers

2 Round robin per layer

Filter modulated by Expression (CC11)

Tremolo effect modulated by Modulation wheel

7 accordion registers implemented

key-on and key-off noises

register change noises

Key Switch for quick register change

Adjustable volume for each voice (16", 8", 4" and noise)

right hand and left hand presets

Powered by UVI Engine XT™

Requires UVI Workstation v2.5.6 or later

UVI.net provides UVI Workstation for free!

UVI Falcon full Compatibility!

Playable by Motu Machfive too (requires v3.2.1)

PACE protection system (free iLok account required)

BUY & DOWNLOAD

€ 56.00