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MakeMusic releases a new virtual piano in partnership with Abbey Road Studios

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- May 12, 2014

MakeMusic, Inc. and Abbey Road Studios announced today the release of a new
virtual instrument, Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand.

To create this remarkable new instrument, Yamaha’s flagship CFX Concert Grand
piano was recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One by renowned
engineers, blending the latest technology with legendary equipment and

“We are very pleased to announce that we have released the CFX Concert Grand,”
said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “This is the
most detailed and advanced project our team has completed. We are honored to
have this partnership with Abbey Road Studios, and the support of Yamaha, and
are excited about the enthusiastic reaction this virtual piano has received so
far. Today we’re proud to make an instrument with this kind of power, richness
and clarity available to everyone.”

Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete
microphone perspectives:

  *Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the
  *Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive
    attack from the hammers
  *Player  – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench
    in Studio One

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be
a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as
to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on
the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road
Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in
Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is
worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX virtual instrument is now available as a boxed (USB flash drive)
version for $299.95. Audio samples, video and additional information can be
found at MakeMusic’s Garritan and Finale products are
exclusively distributed through Alfred Music in North America, India,
Australia and New Zealand and are available through music resellers worldwide.

Follow Garritan from our Community page, which offers access to the Garritan
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About MakeMusic, Inc.
MakeMusic^®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to
develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught,
learned, and performed. For 25 years, Finale^® has been the industry standard
in music notation software, enabling musicians worldwide to create, edit,
audition, print, and publish musical scores. MakeMusic’s SmartMusic^®
interactive music learning software transforms the way students practice. With
an online library of thousands of band, orchestra, and vocal pieces, students
practice with background accompaniment and receive immediate feedback on their
performance. Teachers leverage SmartMusic to individualize instruction and
document the progress of every student. MakeMusic mobile apps include Finale
Songbook™ and SmartMusic on iPad^®. MakeMusic is also the creator of
Garritan^® sound libraries, providing state-of-the-art virtual instruments
with the playback quality of a live performance, and MusicXML™, the
internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, distribute interactive sheet
music, and share music notation with a wide variety of software programs.
Additional information about this Minnesota company can be found at

About Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an
iconic symbol of British music. They have been home to countless landmark
recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology. Opened in November
1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose built recording
studios. The studios have a phenomenal 80 year history working with many of
the world’s most famous artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The
Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga. Also
one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring, since the 1980s films
such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Braveheart and
The King’s Speech have been recorded there. The list continues with many other
major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall and The
Hobbit. Additional information can be found at

About the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano
The Yamaha CFX is the culmination of almost 20 years of development and
intense evaluations by many of the world's most talented piano designers,
artists and technicians.From the outset Yamaha technicians deconstructed the
traditional concert grand concept and began rebuilding it from the ground up.
Every aspect of traditional piano design was questioned, evaluated, improved
and relentlessly tested. Once the design was nearing completion, multiple
prototypes endured thousands of hours of secret testing at concert halls
across the globe. The revolutionary instrument CFX isentirely hand-built
withall materials meticulously selected and refined to ensure unprecedented
music performance in the most demanding of situations. The CFX is truly one of
the finest pianos ever created. Additional information can be found at


MakeMusic, Inc.
Carol Spenillo, 952-906-3670
Marketing Manager
9PR for Abbey Road Studios
Duncan Clark, +44 (0)207 375 2725
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