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Its recognizable sound can be heard on countless records from classic artists like U2, Peter Gabriel and ABBA, as well as contemporary acts like Keane and Miike Snow.

This member of the Addictive Keys family combines three distinct characters in one instrument: The acoustic sound of hammers hitting strings, the direct line signal from the built in pickups, and finally a crunchy amped sound to add some grit to the mix. This makes the Electric Grand very versatile and suitable for just about anything from indie rock and pop to house to R’n’B ballads.

The included ExploreMaps and presets cover everything from clean studio setups to swirling synthetic textures. This instrument was cutting edge 30 years ago and we’ve made sure it’s cutting edge today.

The full Addictive Keys engine is included with all instruments - start with any one of them or add to your existing collection!

Promo Video

ExploreMaps & Presets Preview


Cape Lion - Jennie

Cape Lion - Jennie

Cape Lion is featured in the promo video with their newly released single "Jennie". Electric Grand includes a collection of presets from the song.

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Electric Grand

The Electric Grand features a meticulously sampled Yamaha CP-80, an electro-acoustic instrument produced from the late 70’s through the mid 80’s. An electric grand has hammers and strings like an acoustic piano and a body like a small grand piano. What makes an electric grand different is the amplification, which is done with pickups under the strings. This is similar to an electric guitar or bass, and the direct line signal actually sounds something like a blend of an electric bass, electric guitar and a piano! This makes for some unique textures and works really well where you might otherwise have used a more traditional piano sound. The Addictive Keys engine can of course simulate the original instrument’s built in tremolo and tone controls - and much more.


The recording process

Our approach was to capture everything this instrument has to offer and more. We recorded the direct line signal completely clean, as well as in stereo through a vintage Roland Dimension-D hardware chorus. For the amp setup we used a Music Man 112 RD tube combo amp with three close microphones in mono and one ambience microphone in stereo. The Yamaha CP pianos were made for touring musicians. They were easier to move than a real grand and faster to setup on stage, using the line signal from the pickups instead of microphones. Although rarely used, we really love the acoustic sound of this instrument too, so we recorded that as well. A total of seven different setups in mono and stereo were recorded and are available as selectable perspectives in Addictive Keys:


Line (Mono) - Avalon U5

Ambience Tube (XY) - Neumann SM69

Close Ribbon (Mono) - Coles 4038


Close Dynamic (Mono) - Shure SM57

Close Tube (Mono) - Telefunken U47

Dim-D (Stereo) - Roland Dimension D


Acoustic Tube (over strings) (Stereo) - Sela T25 



The Gallery view shows general information about the installed instruments and those available in the online shop. The bottom of the Gallery page shows thumbnails of the available ExploreMaps for the currently selected instrument.

An ExploreMap contains a selection of presets, each one with a preview function. One of the ExploreMaps for Electric Grand has macro controllers for easy editing. Click an ExploreMap thumbnail to load the full ExploreMap in the Explore View.



Producer: Features a selection of producer presets with macro controllers for different effects, for quick and easy editing without having to go to the Edit page.

As Recorded: Presets with pre-selected combinations of microphone perspectives as they were recorded, with no processing. A great starting point to find the right sound.

Selections: Presets ranging from all natural to downright weird. Creative sounds with inspirational musical previews shows you what this instrument is capable of.


Mix and match microphones

The virtual room shows all available sources and their placement, as they were when the recording took place. This serves as a visual reference for the available and currently used microphone perspectives and inputs, but also as a microphone selector. The Electric Grand was recorded with seven different setups and by being able to see their placement it makes it easier to build the right sound for your production - from mono to stereo and from close to far, lined, amped or acoustic.

Instrument Settings

The Electric Grand differs from a real grand piano by only having a sustain pedal. We added the Una Corda and Sostenuto pedals as a special feature, providing playability similar to a grand piano.

Softness: Adjusts the instrument softness when the soft pedal (Una Corda) is pressed.

Pedal Noise: Adjusts the volume of the pedal noise.

Sustain Body: Adjusts the amount of body resonance in the instrument while the sustain pedal is pressed. The more you add, the “richer” the sustain tone will sound.

Sustain Noise: Adjusts the amount of string resonance for all strings in the instrument while the sustain pedal is pressed, adding a natural noise within the instrument.

Velocity to Sample slider allows you to filter out the lowest and/or highest velocity layers of the current instrument, while keeping the dynamic range intact.


Installation and authorization

The Addictive Keys engine is free and included in all offers. The installation and authorization of the Electric Grand requires an internet connection on your audio computer, and is handled by the XLN Online Installer application – available for download at: www.xlnaudio.com/install

Download size: 1.4 GB

Microphone list
Line (Mono) – Avalon U5
Amb. Tube (XY) – Neumann SM69 (Amp)
Close Ribbon (Mono) – Coles 4038 (Amp)
Close Dynamic (Mono) – Shure SM57 (Amp)
Close Tube (Mono) – Telefunken U47 (Amp)
Dim-D (Line, Stereo) – Roland Dimension-D
Acoustic Tube (Stereo) – Sela T25 (Pair over strings)


Content Concept & Design Lead: Andreas Mood
Graphic Design: Staffan Gustafsson and Peder Bergstrand
Photographs and Additional Graphic Design: Mattias “Dirren” Förnell
Additional Photographs: Jonny von Wallström
3D Graphics: Upper First
Programming: Martin Eklund and Staffan Gustafsson
Recording: Per Larsson and Niklas Flyckt at SampleTekk
Sound Design: Kim Lindberger
Piano Tuning: Mats Ferner
Copy: Andreas Mood and Lars Erlandsson
Web Design: Staffan Gustafsson, Andreas Mood and Mattias “Dirren” Förnell
Presets: Cape Lion and the XLN Team
Audio Demos: Cape Lion and the XLN Team
MIDI Previews: Cape Lion, Walter Gran and the XLN Team
Project Management: Andreas Mood

Video Credits

Recorded at: Delight Studios Stockholm
Director: Peder Bergstrand
Camera: Jonny von Wallström
Music & Performance: Cape Lion
Producer: Andreas Mood
Post & Animations: Peder Bergstrand

Check out this awesome band at: cape-lion.com

Special Thanx

Anders Bagge for lending his CP-80. Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona for lending stuff for the video. Musiktransport, the crew at Delight Studios, Nille Perned for testing, Per Larsson and Niklas Flyckt at Sampletekk for the excellent recording, Maratone: Max Martin and Tom Talomaa.