The same attention to detail applies to the Virtual Instruments multi-sample that Principi is releasing later this year through PSound (www.psound.it
) in collaboration with Fazioli. It will be the only official Fazioli digital virtual piano on the market, and will be aimed at composers, keyboardists and digital pianists who want the highest quality sound samples.
The recording sessions for this project took place over the course of one week in Fazioli’s own concert hall in Sacile, Italy, using a Gran Coda piano made in 2005 and signed and tested by Aldo Ciccolini.
“The binaural 3D sound, for the Silent System, simulates the F278 Gran Coda in the Fazioli Concert Hall, which has excellent acoustics and allows for the possibility of changing the reverberation by moving wooden panels on the stage,” Principi says. “The ‘close’ sound, which is incorporated into the Silent System and the Virtual Instrument, replicates the real sound of the piano from a pianist’s point of view. The ‘side’ sound gives the audience perspective and is only used for the Virtual Instrument. My greatest satisfaction is that when I play the virtual instrument in my studio, I can close my eyes and feel like I'm back in the Fazioli hall playing the Fazioli F278 signed by Aldo Ciccolini. As a pianist, musician and composer, the musical feeling is the best test.”
Prinicipi is so sure that he chose the right microphones to record the Fazioli that he has now purchased a matched pair of 4006s
for his own mic locker and will be using them for all future PSound Virtual Instrument recordings.