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ASCEND: Modern Grand

ASCEND: Modern Grand

4.8 of 5
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$ 149.-

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Introducing ASCEND: Modern Grand, the incomparable Concert D, reimagined.

Starting with one of the finest cinematic pianos in the world, Heavyocity then pushed the grandest of grand pianos even further, exploring new ways of evoking sound from this nine-foot frame. First, capturing several prepared performances in intricate detail (brushes, hammers, ebows, chains, and twine) and then, developing an all-new engine to bring these extraordinary sounds to life.

Recorded in stunning detail at a historic NYC studio, this specific grand piano was hand-selected by the Heavyocity team for its outstanding warmth, depth, and detail. Armed with a world-class selection of vintage and modern microphones, the team once again partnered with acclaimed Film Score Mixer Satoshi Noguchi, this time to bring the legendary Steinway sound into your studio. Simply put, ASCEND is your opportunity to play one of the finest cinematic pianos we've ever heard.

What's included in ASCEND

  • Rich Concert D Grand Piano, Captured in Stunning Detail
  • Creative Prepared Piano articulations including twine, ebows, brushes, and chains
  • Beautiful ppp Performance Captured for Emotional Cinematic Composition
  • All-new ASCEND Engine Creates Truly Inspirational Canvas

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The gorgeous ASCEND engine is a whole new world to explore -- complete with a library of rhythmic convolutions and dozens of layerable sources and FX. The highly-flexible Three Point Mixer provides instant inspiration, and the proprietary Echoes feature accompanies your performances with a lush musical randomness. With ASCEND, Heavyocity has crafted a new breed of cinematic grand piano. Your score may never be the same.

Tech Specs

  • 47.8 GB uncompressed (23.3 GB on Disk with NI lossless compression)
  • Available as direct download only
  • 1 NKI
  • 110 Snapshot Presets
    • 25 Ascended
    • 10 Core Concert D
    • 25 Extended
    • 25 Rhythmic
    • 25 Rhythmic Melodic
    • 16 Sound Sources
  • Intuitive Sample Browser
  • ARP for building complex, rhythmic arpeggios
  • THREE POINT MIXER for realtime source blending
  • Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX

Requires Kontakt Player 6.1 or later


The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europe’s largest independent customer review company.

5.0 of 5  
03.07.2022 Sprache: deutsch

Sehr vielseitiges und langlebiges virtuelles Instrument. Jeder Sound- und Instrumenthersteller hat seine individuelle Art der haptischen und soundtechnischen Umsetzung. Heavyocity setzt seine Instrumente sehr aufwendig und vielschichtig um. Der "User" braucht dabei einfach Zeit und Ruhe die Herangehensweise von Heavyocity-Instrumenten an die eigenen Bedürfnisse und Arbeitsweise anzupassen. Wenn dies dann mal "synchron" läuft ist es wirklich eine freude damit zu hantieren :-)

5.0 of 5  
19.06.2020 Language: englisch

Great stuff! This vst is amazing :)

4.0 of 5  
10.01.2020 Sprache: deutsch

Klarer und schöner Grundsound mit vielen Veränderungsmöglichkeiten.


Jordan RudessJordan Rudess

Keyboardist "Dream Theatre"

"With ASCEND- Heavyocity has taken the sound and spirit of the piano to another level. From traditional to otherworldly- this instrument is inspiring and original…I was immediately drawn into its sonic magic and found myself hitting the record button to capture my performances!"


Made for Kontakt Player

This product requires the free Native Instruments Kontakt Player, the latest version can be downloaded through Native Access, Native Instrument’s download manager!

The minimum required Kontakt version for this product is stated in the product description or can be found on the manufacturers website.

System Requirements:


  • macOS 10.14 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)


  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)

Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AAX

Legacy Versions:

If you require legacy installers of Kontakt Player please refer to this Knowledge Base Article.

online activationProduct Activation:

This product requires Native Access for installation, registration and activation. Start the Native Access-Software and log in using your Native Instruments credetials to start the setup.
To sucesfully activate your product Native Access requires a working internet connection.
An Offline Activation on a different computer is Not Available with this product.