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Berlin, 21th of May, 2012 - Native Instruments today introduced THE
GIANT, a new instrument based on the world's biggest upright piano. For
use in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER, THE GIANT features the
intense sound of the Klavins Piano Model 370i, a super-sized instrument
delivering a colossal sonic spectrum equally well-suited to urban pop
projects, soft piano ballads, driving rock riffs and jazz numbers, as
well as providing a separate 'Cinematic' version of the piano for
darker, atmospheric projects and sound design.
Produced by sampling expert Uli Baronowsky, the creator of the 'Galaxy'
piano series, THE GIANT captures the sound of the original instrument in
meticulous detail. This upright piano stands over three meters high and
weighs over two tons, with a soundboard roughly twice the size of a
typical 9' concert grand piano soundboard. Its unique sound forms the
core of THE GIANT, which complements the dynamic and authentic
playability of the original with powerful controls for shaping and
modifying the sound. Additionally, 40 production-ready presets provide
instant starting points for numerous musical styles.

THE GIANT comprises two separate instruments in one, each with its own
graphical user interface and detail controls. While the versatile piano
sound of the 'day' version is suitable for a wide range of styles and
genres, the 'night' version turns THE GIANT into a cinematic tool suited
to atmospheric scores, sound design and avant-garde productions. With
'Tone', 'Color' and an XXL button, the 'day' instrument provides three
basic control sections for adding sustain, space and character to the
sound. The 'night' instrument includes unconventional,
individually-sampled sound sources including overtones, resonances,
plucked strings, release sounds and special techniques such as piano
hits, kicks, sweeps or scratches. The physical elements of the
instrument, including dynamics, tuning, noises, overtones or stereo
image can be conveniently controlled via the 'Anatomy' parameters.

THE GIANT runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER. It is
available now for $119 / 99 EUR / 9,800 YEN from the NI Online Shop.

Additional information on THE GIANT is available at

A digital press kit including picture material is available at:

About Native Instruments:
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware
for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is
to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions,
styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological
boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and
amateurs alike.

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