Monastery Grand: A free sampled piano for Melda Productions MSoundFactory

Melda Productions Monastery GrandMonastery Grand is a free 3.52GB sampled piano instrument recorded in a Pilsen Monastery Concert Hall that will run in the free version of Melda Production’s MSoundFactory Player.

Monastery Grand

It’s not, as I originally assumed, an ancient piano found in the crypt beneath an old dilapidated monastery. This is a classy grand piano used for concerts in a marvellous hall situated in an old monastery in Pilsen, the beer capital of the Czech Republic. They took over 50GB of recordings and curated that down to a pristine 3.52GB sampled instrument.

Melda has decided to give this piano away for free to users of their MSoundFactory modular virtual instrument platform. But the best thing is that it will work with the free “player” version so everyone can get the piano for free whether you’ve bought the full version or not.


MSoundFactory is a deep and complex sound generation system that features oscillators, filters, samplers, effects and modulation. All the building blocks you need for synthesis, sampling and sound design are here. The depth of editing you can do per voice is quite stunning with grids where you can construct the structure of your instrument whether that’s using analogue models, wavetables, samples, FM or physical modelling. And then do the same with the effects engine before scattering signal all over the place through the modulation matrix. I think it’s safe to say that the editing potential in here is epic.

Melda Productions MSoundFactory

Melda Productions MSoundFactory

But all the editing comes with the full version of MSoundFactory that costs £270 although it’s currently on offer for £180. If you want the sounds without the editing then the LE version is yours for £89. But for a handful of decent sounds plus the Monastery Grand then the free player version is all you need.

More information

  • Melda MSoundFactory page.
  • More from Melda Productions.


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MeldaProduction Releases FREE MonasteryGrand Virtual Instrument

MonasteryGrand by MeldaProduction

MeldaProduction has released MonasteryGrand, a freely downloadable piano sound library for the MSoundFactory Player plugin (also freeware). MonasteryGrand is a free expansion sound library for MeldaProduction’s virtual instrument plugin called MSoundFactory. The instrument is available in three different pricing options (Full, LE, and Player). The free edition of the plugin named MSoundFactory Player is completely […]

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VB-Cable audio routing tool is now available for the Mac

VB-Cable for MacThe VB-Cable audio routing tool is now also available for macOS. The nifty tool, which lets you send audio directly from one application to another, used to be a Windows exclusive. Now the developer has made it available on the Mac, as well. Sooner or later there’ll be a time when you need it.

VB-Cable for Mac

There are many cases in which you’d need to connect the audio output of one application to the input of another. Recording audio from your browser or a VOIP app in your DAW, for example. Or recording audio from your DAW or another source in a screen video.

VB-Cable certainly isn’t the first application to let you do this. Soundflower, which was initially developed by Cycling ’74, was the de-facto standard for this sort of thing on the Mac for a long time, but fell into disrepair. Newer alternatives are Blackhole by Existential Audio and Rogue Amoeba’s Loopback, for example. On Windows, VB-Cable became a popular solution, which has now been ported to the Mac.

Each VB-Cable is a virtual audio device with one stereo input and output. Whatever you send into the input, comes out of the output at the other end. Simple. This functions like a virtual cable that lets you send audio from one app to another.

Like the PC version, VB-Cable for Mac supports up to four stereo channels, labeled VB-Cable A+B and C+D. It can handle sample rates from 44.1 to 192 kHz. The developer says that the app works right out of the box, without the need for any additional configuration.

Price and compatibility

VB-Cable is donationware. You can download the simple VB-Cable with one stereo channel for free, although the developer would certainly appreciate a donation. If you’d like to upgrade to more channels, make one or two donations between 5 and 25 Euros, and you’ll receive personal download links for VB-Cable A+B and / or C+D.

The software runs on macOS 10.10 through 10.15 in 64 bit.

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