There’s a new distribution company that just came on the scene, catering to the smaller developers. The president Stefan has been around the music industry for a while and I’ve dealt with him when he worked with EastWest. Here’s the info I received from him in an email:
it is my pleasure to announce Better Music Distribution (http://www.bettermusicdistribution.com), the alternative source for sample libraries and virtual instruments for professional musicians & composers. Experience the Difference!
Our company is currently based out of beautiful Los Angeles. Our approach is to support and represent small developers that have creative ideas and a line of amazing sounding products they like to introduce to the US market.
I have been approached by many companies and developers looking for a US distribution, many of them not big enough to be considered by one of the large companies (or if, not without compromising too much). This is where Better Music Distribution will come in place by offering a fair trade distribution platform to reach out to customer and dealers across the USA and Canada.
Our focus is representing each company with as much attention to detail as possible. We understand the hard and sometimes long work that goes in each of these products and we would like to transfer this message of pride to the musician that considers to purchase any of these. There are quite a lot of amazing products already available or in the make and for each one of these developers we do offer our best to get them a “foot step” into the US market.
On the other hand Better Music Distribution will also search for new products and ideas that musicians & composers have and we will communicate these back and encourage developers to work on products for such demands.
We are now very pleased to announce the official distribution for Imperfect Samples for the US. Matt Stedeford has found an amazing unique way to fit the needs of so many musicians that are looking for more organic sounds ( http://www.bettermusicdistribution.com/about-imperfect-samples).
“The human brain is sensitive to the differences between an organic recording vs. a quantized sequenced track. This is a common problem with sequenced acoustic music. Many perfect commercial sample libraries can often sound midi-like, due to their perfect performance.”
For example, would you expect a clarinet to sound perfect on every note during a performance, or would you expect possibly a subtle change in timbre at the start of or end of some of the notes, and perhaps some of the notes don’t sound perfect? The answer is of course, the latter.
The human brain is very sensitive when it comes to discerning the difference between a fake and a real recording, because of the human performance elements. Many sample libraries work so hard to achieve a “perfect” set of samples with all the best takes, that they are losing the very element that makes the samples sound desirable and musical.
After years of searching for imperfect samples, Matt Stedeford set out to create imperfect sample libraries to use with his work“.
There are currently two unique pianos available, starting for as little as $59.95 each (for the basic download versions)
Hohner White Baby Grand by Imperfect Samples
The Hohner White Baby Grand (complete) is a highly versatile multiple perspective package, containing a breathtaking 3 microphone perspectives with 17 velocity layers in each, along with release samples, piano effects and performance sounds. A choice of 3 microphone perspective, with 24bit audio fidelity, the Hohner White Baby Grand is the largest sampled piano library available.
An original Hohner Schwarzwald White Baby Grand Piano was painstakingly recorded to create this beautiful instrument. As with all Imperfect Samples’ libraries, the emphasis has been placed on achieving a hyper-real and convincing sampled instrument, with performance sounds.
Hohner White Baby Grand (complete) Download Version (MSRP $179.95) DVD Set (MSRP $199.95)
Hohner White Baby Grand (pro) Download Version (MSRP $129.95)
Hohner White Baby Grand (basic) Download Version (MSRP $59.95)
All details about the Hohner White Baby Grand versions are available here:
Braunschweig Upright Piano by Imperfect Samples
The Braunschweig Upright Piano has a distinctive sound character that’s far more intimate than a grand piano, making it desirable for certain situations where you don’t want the polished and precise sound of a nine-foot grand in a concert hall.
An original Schimmel Braunschweig Upright Piano was painstakingly recorded to create this beautiful instrument. As with all Imperfect Samples instruments, the emphasis has been placed on achieving a hyper-real and convincing sampled instrument, with performance sounds.
Sampled in multiple velocity layers, with release samples, and true staccato, the Schimmel Braunschweig Upright Piano was recorded at 24 bits. This sampled instrument’s raw and distinctive sound is unlike any other piano sample library currently available.
The life-like Braunschweig Upright (Pro) is the largest single upright piano library in the world. The Braunschweig Upright (Pro) contains 14 velocity layers of one microphone perspective, and 11 layers of another. Totaling over 15GB of data (5GB for the none Pro version with 8 velocity layers and one Mic position), this upright piano library not only sounds real, it has a versatility not before seen in upright piano sample libraries.
Braunschweig Upright Piano (pro) Download Version (MSRP $129.95); Boxed DVD Set (MSRP $149.95)
Braunschweig Upright Piano (basic) Download Version (MSRP $59.95)
All details about the Braunschweig Upright Piano versions are available here:
Please note that current formats available are EXS24 and Kontakt (Player is not included).
All download versions will be delivered within 48 hours (during regular business hours, orders over the weekend will be processed Mondays). The boxed retails versions will ship via USPS or FedEx.
Imperfect Samples is currently working on their master piece and we are very excited about this project. The Fazioli Ebony Concert Grand will be the most expensive pianos ever being sampled and once completed, the world largest sampled grand piano ever!