First Look: Ascend Modern Grand by Heavyocity

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Heavyocity combines a beautifully sampled Model D concert grand piano with their powerful new Ascend engine. This results in a plethora of piano inspiration, full of great-sounding presets and an engine with a never-ending source of originality.

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First Look: Ascend Modern Grand by Heavyocity

Heavyocity has long been a trailblazer in the world of sampled instruments and development. In Ascend Modern Grand, they turn their attention to the most sampled of all instruments, the piano, and with beautiful results. The source material is beautifully recorded, the snapshots offer great examples of what the instrument can do, but, as we have come to expect from Heavyocity, the engine behind it all is the star of the show.

Ascend Modern Grand sells for $149.00 from Heavyocity

Thoughts

Heavyocity has long been known as a heavy-hitting sample library developer, especially known for their epic hybrid orchestral, percussion, and trailer libraries. With Ascend Modern Grand, Heavyocity presents a Concert D Grand Piano both in a traditional setting and with many unique sound designed presets. As you would expect from Heavyocity, Ascend Modern Grand gives you not only the sound you would expect from a rich and warm cinematic piano library, but also prepared piano articulations that fit right into the Heavyocity catalog. Cap it all off the all-new and super innovative Ascend engine, and you have Ascend Modern Grand.

If you think Heavyocity have simply entered the world of piano sampling to give us yet another beautifully sampled grand piano, then think again. As with every Heavyocity library, Ascend Modern Grand goes far beyond the recorded source material to offer something unique and original. Don’t get me wrong, you will find a great sounding Model D concert grand piano here, but the new Ascend engine will take that piano and stretch it in ways you haven’t heard before. Ascend Modern Grand is a fountain of piano inspiration. With a few clicks of the mouse, your piano sound will go from good to out of this world.

The included 110 snapshot presets would be enough to make this a great library all by themselves. There are traditional piano snapshots, extended articulations that go into the world of experimental piano pads, rhythmic presets, tempo-synced to your DAW, rhythmic melodic presets with plenty of arpeggios, and “Ascended” presets that show off some of the capabilities of the powerful Ascend engine. If this were all you got it would probably be enough. However, experimenting with the new Ascend engine is where the real fun begins. The engine allows you to choose up to three piano sound sources from four different sound source categories (Piano, PPP, Struck, Sustained). You can then either focus on a single sound source or blend all three together via your own recorded automation patterns. There are so many features here to explore, from an arpeggiator to a convolver and more, but my personal favorite is the “Echoes” feature. This feature is like delay on steroids, allowing you to control the cycle of notes that are repeated, the rate at which they are repeated, and the octaves which repeat.

There is so much to explore here! Heavyocity’s Ascend Modern Grand is a winner that will surely be a source of plentiful piano inspiration for many composers.

Facts

Ascend Modern Grand Piano downloads as 23.3GB. The samples are taken from a nine-foot Concert D Grand Piano played both traditionally and in prepared articulations the include twine, ebows, brushes, and chains. Ascend Modern Grand includes 110 Snapshot Presets and requires either the free Kontakt Player or Kontakt 6.1. Ascend Modern Grand can be purchased from Heavyocity for $149.00 – currently on introductory offer for $119.00 at time of review.

Ascend Modern Grand sells for $149.00 from Heavyocity

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Ascend Modern Grand by Heavyocity
Heavyocity combines a beautifully sampled Model D concert grand piano with their powerful new Ascend engine. This results in a plethora of piano inspiration, full of great sounding presets and an engine with a never-ending source of originality.”