Music Software Review: The LFO Piano by Dream Audio Tools

In one of my last reviews, I spoke about Italian developer company Dream Audio Tools with the Repetitive Bass 3 Liverpool Edition. The goal of Dream Audio Tools is helping the creative process of composers, arrangers, and music artists in general, providing them with usable and carefully designed tools. Today I will have a look on one of their latest libraries: The LFO Piano.

What is The LFO Piano?

The LFO Piano features a classic Rhodes MkII Electric Piano, and is a sample library for the Native Instruments Kontakt Sampler. The piano has been sampled using a true analog pedal rig, including a warm and raw sounding handmade analog tremolo and analog cabinet emulation pedals.

The library consists of 11 patches, split into two categories. The first category is called Tremolo On (1 Basic Patch + 4 Effected Variations) and the second is called Tremolo Off (1 Basic Patch + 5 Effected Variations).

Features Overview

  • All samples 24 bit/48 Khz
  • Two distinct Electric Piano instruments featuring Tremolo-on and Tremolo-off
  • 11 .nki patches
  • 1.2 GBytes of sampled material
  • Key release samples for both instruments
  • Low memory usage, Laptop ready
  • Designed effect variations activable (Chorus, Delay, Phaser, Reverb, Rotary)
  • Please note: full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.3 or above is required
  • Price Tag: €24.90

Installation

After purchase, you will be able to download the installation files of The LFO Piano. Two files will be available for download – “Instruments” and “Samples”. Once unzipped, be sure to keep the two folders “Samples” and “Instruments” on the same directory level. Open your file browser in Kontakt and load your patch of choice from the “Instruments” folder. As this library needs the full retail version of Kontakt it will not appear in the libraries tab pane. However, it can be added to the “Quick Load” menu.

Dream Audio Tools - The LFO Piano

Dream Audio Tools – The LFO Piano

Sound

I am not exactly an expert when it comes to Rhodes sounds, but what I heard while exploring the patches was a great warm, raw, and sometimes gritty sounding Rhodes piano that really has character (imbued, I believe, by recordings through a true analog pedal rig. The patches are kept simple, which I think is great. There are no fancy scripting options available, only effect parameters for Chorus, Phase, Delay, and Reverb. Frankly, anything more isn’t needed here.

One could ask, why provide effected variation patches, where only some effects are switched on/off, since they are all also available in the basic patch? It’s a good question, but I see those patches as little helpers to immediately obtain a sound you are looking for without faffing around too much, and even as an idea generator.

Words can only convey so much – what counts is the sound! So let’s have a listen to the fabulous sounding demos by Dream Audio Tools.

Conclusion

I love simplicity! And besides the fabulous sound, simplicity is what I most like about The LFO Piano. If you are looking for a easy to use, super sounding right out of the box Rhodes, then you can’t go wrong here. With the price tag of €24.90, The LFO Piano is affordable for everyone, and should not be missed in any good assorted Kontakt sample library collection.

In one of my last reviews, I spoke about Italian developer company Dream Audio Tools with the Repetitive Bass 3 Liverpool Edition. The goal of Dream Audio Tools is helping the creative process of composers, arrangers, and music artists in general, providing them with usable and carefully designed tools. Today I will have a look on one of their latest libraries: The LFO Piano. What is The LFO Piano? The LFO Piano features a classic Rhodes MkII Electric Piano, and is a sample library for the Native Instruments Kontakt Sampler. The piano has been sampled using a true analog pedal rig, including a warm and raw sounding handmade analog tremolo and analog cabinet emulation pedals. The library consists of 11 patches, split into two categories. The first category is called Tremolo On (1 Basic Patch + 4 Effected Variations) and the second is called Tremolo Off (1 Basic Patch + 5 Effected Variations). Features Overview All samples 24 bit/48 Khz Two distinct Electric Piano instruments featuring Tremolo-on and Tremolo-off 11 .nki patches 1.2 GBytes of sampled material Key release samples for both instruments Low memory usage, Laptop ready Designed effect variations activable (Chorus, Delay, Phaser, Reverb, Rotary) Please note: full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.3 or above is required Price Tag: €24.90 Installation After purchase, you will be able to download the installation files of The LFO Piano. Two files will be available for download – “Instruments” and “Samples”. Once unzipped, be sure to keep the two folders “Samples” and “Instruments” on the same directory level. Open your file browser in Kontakt and load your patch of choice from the “Instruments” folder. As this library needs the full retail version of Kontakt it will not appear in the libraries tab pane. However, it can be added to the “Quick Load” menu. Dream Audio Tools – The LFO Piano Sound I am not exactly an expert when it comes to Rhodes sounds, but what I heard while exploring the patches was a great warm, raw, and sometimes gritty sounding Rhodes piano that really has character (imbued, I believe, by recordings through a true analog pedal rig. The patches are kept simple, which I think is great. There are no fancy scripting options available, only effect parameters for Chorus, Phase, Delay, and Reverb. Frankly, anything more isn’t needed here. One could ask, why provide effected variation patches, where only some effects are switched on/off, since they are all also available in the basic patch? It’s a good question, but I see those patches as little helpers to immediately obtain a sound you are looking for without faffing around too much, and even as an idea generator. Words can only convey so much – what counts is the sound! So let’s have a listen to the fabulous sounding demos by Dream Audio Tools. Conclusion I love simplicity! And besides the fabulous sound, simplicity is what I most like about The LFO Piano. If you are looking for a easy to use, super sounding…

The LFO Piano by Dream Audio Tools


Installation – 90%


Sound – 100%


Interface – 95%


Patches – 95%


Value – 100%



96%

96/100

With the price tag of €24.90 The LFO Piano is affordable for everyone and should not be missed in any good sorted Kontakt sample library collection.

96

Written by: Rob Schroeder

I am a film, tv, game, pop and rock music composer and musician contracted with several music libraries like Soundtaxi, CouldB and Scorekeepers. Beside my work as composer I do also Electro House, Dubstep and Drum 'n' Bass remixes as part of the DubLion Project. I live in Crailsheim, Germany.

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