"These libraries are the zenith of solo orchestral instrument libraries."
“I've been using the new Dan Dean Solo Strings Advanced now since they were released. I've never been able to get such clarity and subtle control with any other library. I arranged a string trio for a song chorus recently, and played it for a member of the NY Phil, and he thought it was live players and asked me why I hadn't hired him.
The Kontakt interface, and the way both the Solo Strings Advanced and the Bluthner piano are organized in the player, work flawlessly, allowing me to add just the right amount of ambience for whatever I'm working on, and to layer easily and accurately. I recommend both libraries to anyone looking for seamless reality in their production.”
Grammy winning producer/engineer for Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Stevie Nicks, Sublime, Sugar Ray, K.D. Lang, and The Bangles.
"In conclusion, despite all of the amazing possibilities and features of the Digital Model One, what makes it successful in my opinion is that Dan and Ernest got the two most important and basic qualities an instrument should possess absolutely perfect: the sound is fabulous and the Digital Model One is a complete joy to play."
Sound On Sound Magazine.
"We started using the Dan Dean Solo Woodwinds as soon as we received them. They have replaced many of our other woodwind sounds. It is a fantastic collection!"
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
Grammy winning Film Composer.
“The Blüthner Digital Model One is an outstanding piano library by any standard. It’s very satisfying to play, flexible, it sounds fantastic, and it’s uncannily realistic. The bar has risen.”
Virtual Instrument Magazine
"I had the chance to install the piano and I must say that though I didn't spend but an hour playing around with it, I really believe you have something special here!"
"All of Dan Deans libraries are first rate, and his most recent Brass Library is nothing short of astounding and essential for composers looking for just that right nuance. My hat's off to Dan for this new effort!"
Grammy winning Keyboardist/Producer/Composer – Frank Zappa, Cannonball Adderley, Stanley Clarke, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, The Pointer Sisters, Al Jarreau. Soul Train.
"The Blüthner piano is the most dynamically responsive sampled piano I've encountered. The detailed sampling at the lowest velocities allow a level of expression that makes it uniquely satisfying to play."
Yellowjackets Grammy winning Keyboardist Producer Arranger - Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, Robben Ford, GRP Big Band, Lee Ritenour, Brenda Russell, Joni Mitchell.
"I have experimented with many piano plug-ins over the years. After experimenting with the Blüthner, I quickly realized the piano has depth unlike any other used to date! Finally a piano that sounds great on its own for solo stuff, great for vocal and piano songs, great for jazz, and great for commercial music of all styles! Clearly a plug-in that can be used by all!"
Grammy winning Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist - David Foster, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Cher, Cheap Trick, Hall and Oates.
"The Blüthner piano has realism and playability that surpasses all the other wannabees. I’m happy."
"Whenever I use Dan’s great Legato Cello sample I get an amazing response from fellow producers and players… Like I tricked them…Nice going!"
Grammy winning pianist/keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, and songwriter - Friendship, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, Oscar Castro-Neves, Dave Grusin, Ernie Watts.
“I’ve been an arranger/composer for quite a long time. But, for even a longer period I am a music lover and the sound of an orchestra is something that immediately fires my heart and inspires me to keep on striving to write and create, hopefully, meaningful pieces. I’ve been using Dan Dean wonderful library of instruments for quite a while. But nothing compares what he and Ernest Cholakis have done with the Dan Dean Solo Strings Advanced and the Blüthner piano.
The warmth, the clarity and the realistic response of the instruments instantly draw your attention to the music, because the listening experience is one of listening to live, real instruments. When I am orchestrating I reach first for their library. And, most likely not even look for anything else. The beauty is already there.”
Guitarist Orchestrator Composer - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Yo-Yo Ma, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, numerous films and TV programs.
“The Bluthner is the most amazing sample library of anything I've ever heard.”
Grammy winning Broadway composer conductor pianist musical director: “Annie”, “Grease”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Tommy", Ry Cooder, David Sanborn, Eric Burdon, Alice Cooper, Natalie Cole, Dr. John, The WHO, Meatloaf, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Yes, KISS, The Alan Parsons Live Project.
"The Dan Dean Solo Woodwinds are great! I love the ability to manipulate the articulations... fantastic..."
Grammy winning film composer.
“Dan's brass ensembles are a new standard. More than a home run, they are a grand slam. In fact, if there was such a thing as a triple grand slam, Dan Dean Brass Ensembles would be it. Get in line."
"They're (the Dan Dean Solo Woodwinds) unbelievable! They replace everything else I've ever used."
Film & TV Composer
"Dan Dean's (AKAI versions) maintain his usual high standard, offering solid, consistent performances, clean, bright sound quality, no-nonsense programming and clear, detailed documentation in traditional print format.
“Dan Dean Brass Ensembles subtle dynamic and timbral variations have yet to be surpassed."
Sound On Sound Magazine
“His stuff simply blows away the competition!”
"Dan Dean Brass Ensembles, concentrates on exquisitely detailed sections of four French horns, three trumpets, and three trombones. The ambient patches are gorgeous... I would put Dan Dean Brass Ensembles at the top of my must-have list."
Electronic Musician Magazine