At the core, the CP-70 is a piano with strings and hammers with a pickup system for electric amplification. Originally released in the 1970's as a "portable grand piano" for use on rock tours, the sound was made famous by Genesis, Kansas, U2 and more recently Keane. The CP-70 can be compared to that of a Rhodes or Wurlitzer electric piano, but due to the use of strings instead of tines, it sounds much more like a traditional piano. The metallic strings amplified by electric pickups further characterize the CP70 as its own class of piano, giving it a guitar-like sound at times.
PM-70 includes over 320 high quality multisamples that bring this richly detailed instrument right to your desktop. Puremagnetik worked with The Distillery to capture the pickup details using a prototype germanium-based DI from Sage Electronics. The acoustic character of the instrument (which was probably never meant to be recorded or amplified) has such a captivating transient attack that we could not resist setting up some microphones. The twangy saloon like piano tone was recorded with a stereo pair of matched 414's through a Focusrite ISA 828. Additionally, Puremagnetik has programmed some patches to emulate the CP-70 tremolo circuit and tube amplifier. As evidenced in some of the more exploratory patches, PM-70 also explores the piano as a spectral source to create new fictional synthesizer tones.
• High Quality 24 bit Multi-channel Recordings • Multiple Velocity Layers for Realistic Playability • Emulation of the Original Tremolo Circuit • Integrated Ableton Live Effects Racks with Advanced Macro Mapping • Custom Kontakt KSP GUI for Easy Editing
Above: PM-70 Sessions at The Distillery, New York City.
• Requires Ableton Live 8.2.1, Kontakt 3.5 or Logic 8 • 250 MB of physical RAM • 600 Megabytes (MB) of free hard disk space