After a year of being curious about NI Noire, I finally bought a license in last Black Friday's sale. On first installation and trial I was shocked -- and not in a good way. I reckoned Noire to be an immediate write-off and was disgruntled to say the least.
What kept puzzling me though were the examples I heard on YouTube, in particular the few by @Gamma1734, which sounded rather acceptable, interesting, and enjoyable to me. This notion kept haunting me and got me trying to create a natural-piano preset from scratch several times over.
Although I am not 100% satisfied yet -- and that in particular concerns the (subtle) timbre in the middle two octaves (actually from middle-C two octaves upwards) which could be just a tad fresher, crisper, and rounder to my ears -- I thought to share my current preset anyway to hopefully help and inspire others. For there are a lot of people unhappy about, and frustratingly struggling with, Noire.
So here goes.
- I use the free Kontakt player;
- ❗ Anything I don't mention in this post, is left at the default setting -- either in the Kontakt player or in the Noire instrument itself;
- I do not discuss the MIDI in routing nor Audio out routing; these of course depend largely on your own system.
1. Volume settings
- Master volume 0.00
- Instrument volume -6.0
2. Velocity curve
- This is to be found behind the 'KSP' button in the Kontakt player, and is not part of Noire itself. In my mind, it is essential to use this curve editor, not the rather primitive option list in Noire itself.
- The curve example shown here is set for the MIDI input from my Roland FP-10 (at its default/linear 'touch' setting).
- The 'Shelf' curve type is actually an S-shape, which I changed as follows:
- Shape 18
- Min velocity 8
- Using the right mouse button, I drew a straight line for the part that now shows linear; that line essentially cuts off everything above it (the left convex part of the S, so to speak)
- Velocity 0 (the leftmost curve column) is then set to output as 0
- Velocity 1 (the next-to-leftmost curve column) is then set to output as 1 (with the silent strike on velocity 1 in mind)
3. NOIRE Pure and Basic Pure
- My preset build starts with NOIRE Pure (as opposed to FELT), and then uses the Basic Pure as the starting point
4. Piano shaping
- Release samples ON -15.0
- Resonance Pedal -6.0
- Overtones ON -39.0
- Pedal ON -27.0
- -> Rumble -15.0
- -> Damper -24.0
- -> Strings -24.0
- Velocity Linear
- Silent key ON
- Repedal ON
- Half pedal ON
6. Kontakt Player Output EQ
- Type Solid G-EQ
- LMF Gain -6.0 dB / 349.0 Hz
So here it is. Of course everything is "to taste", but I hope this gets you too on your way to a more satisfactory sounding Noire, from the perspective of a natural piano. Whether that actually resembles a Yamaha CFX? Who knows.
A last tip: When you have everything set as you like it, you can save the whole thing as a 'Multi' under the floppy disk icon in the upper left of the Kontakt player. After that, double-clicking on the saved file or on a shortcut to that file, will launch Kontakt player with everything set to go.
Do you have an even better fine-tuning? Let us know!
Cheers and happy playing,