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Royal Upright Y5

Royal Upright Y5 is based on robot-assisted deep multisampling of a modern Yamaha U5 upright piano with its sostenuto pedal. The direct and intimate sound of the Royal Upright Y5 is ideal for jazz or pop singer-songwriter material, vocal accompaniment and any musical setting where the sound of gigantic concert grand might be too overpowering.

The Yamaha U5 upright piano was first introduced in 1967. It was designed to be a high-quality, affordable piano that would appeal to a wide range of musicians, quickly becoming one of Yamaha's most popular models, and it remains so today.

Known for its rich, full sound and its responsive action, the U5 is a popular choice for both students and professionals, and is often used in concert halls and recording studios. It’s been updated several times over the years, but has always maintained its unique design and sound, which can now be yours in the Royal Upright Y5.

Yamaha U5 upright piano

The piano was painstakingly recorded at the state-of-the-art IK studio at the company headquarters in Modena, Italy in the Emilia-Romagna region, using AKG 414 microphones to capture the close-miking sound and a coincident pair of DPA mics were used to mic the back of the piano.

A city known for its gourmet balsamic vinegar, fine Ferrari and Lamborghini sports cars and iconic opera heritage, Modena is indeed a fitting location to record these new, modern works of sonic art.

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Based on a modern Yamaha U5 upright piano

Infinite piano expressions

Introducing a powerful new performance engine, Pianoverse recreates perfectly the immersive experience of playing the world’s finest pianos, while adding an inspiring range of sound-shaping environments, from iconic to exotic.

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Pianoverse begins as a series of 8 remarkable instruments paired with unique spaces and loaded with presets. As we seek and gain access to other exceptional pianos, we’ll expand the series further. You can start with one or two and add others later, endlessly discovering new inspiration as you need it.

Any names, trademarks, or tradenames should not be construed as an endorsement, association, or affiliation with IK Multimedia.

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Royal Upright Y5 piano

  • Based on a modern Yamaha U5 upright piano
  • Captured using DPA and AKG 414 microphones
  • Recorded at IK’s state-of-the-art studio, Modena, Italy
  • 32.6 GB of sound content
  • 25 instrument presets

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Pianoverse™ is a trademark property of IK Multimedia Production Srl. All other product names and images, trademarks and artists names are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with IK Multimedia. Product names and images are used solely for the purpose of identifying the specific products that were sampled and / or modeled during IK Multimedia’s sound development. Use of these names and images does not imply any cooperation or endorsement. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The Audio Units logo is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. VST is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

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  • YAMAHA is a registered trademark of Yamaha Corporation Japan.
  • STEINWAY and the Lyre are registered trademarks of Steinway, Inc. Corporation Delaware Steinway Place, Long Island City, NY 11105.
  • BÖSENDORFER is a registered trademark of L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Bösendorferstraße 12 A-1010 Vienna, Austria.
  • FAZIOLI is a registered trademark of Fazioli Pianoforti SPA Via Ronche, 47 33077 Sacile (PN) Italy

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