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Alicia Keys shows her signature piano software | Native Instruments

August 14, 2019

So this is my piano right here. I’m in my Studio, Oven Studios. It’s like my home, you know. It’s the place where I come when it’s time to create and there’s no place in the world like it. So I just wanted to show some love and introduce you to what Alicia’s Keys is all about. How it came, how it was born in Oven Studios All the time and passion that we took and that I took to really put in to the love of playing and creating something that is authentic and genuine, and really reflects what I use every day. So, this is the piano that I use. It’s the Yamaha C3 Neo. I love it, not only do I love the way that it looks, I think it’s beautiful, the wood and the silver kind of mixture is unique, but I love the way that it sounds. And so we wanted to create the sounds so that it can be used anywhere I go at any time, at any show, throughout the recording process, anyone else, so you yourself, you can use it as well. And it’s amazing, I mean the process that we did was so in depth and so incredibly passionate and heartfelt. I mean, we sampled every single note on this piano in multiple styles. We sampled them 12 times, each note (if you can imagine that), so that it can mimic the way that I play. We sampled pedal up, pedal down, so when you listen to it and you’re playing it, you actually hear when you use the pedal. You’ll actually hear the “ssshhh”, you know, the sound of when you use a pedal on a real piano, you’ll hear that actually through your keyboard when you use your pedal, which is one of my favourite things. I love that, cause it feels so good. There’s a bit of a darkness to it, because this piano does have a depth. It just has a depth to it that I love and that translates and comes through. It’s incredible, I mean we definitely went for every nuance and every detail of this piano and it’s one of a kind. And I loved it so much, the sound is so incredible, that I did not even touch a real piano, recording my entire album, “The Element of Freedom”. I know it sounds crazy, cause you’re like “Why, why wouldn’t you touch a real piano? You’re in your studio, the piano is right there, why wouldn’t you use it?” But it’s just that perfect and it’s that it sounds that rich and that beautiful. It’s just ready made, you know? And I’m going to use it on my tour, and that was exactly the point of creating it, and I’m proud to be the first artist that’s been able to do something like this. And create a sound like this, so that I can bring it to everybody… Who loves the piano, who wants to have an incredible piano sound and who wants to be able to, you know either with just a MIDI controller and computer, have this right here. It’s very exciting for me, I’m feeling incredibly excited about it. I’m so excited to go on tour. That’s always coming together unbelievably. When we brought up the sound yesterday, I was in the room full of all my musicians and we brought up the sound. And I’m not gonna name the name of the keyboard I was playing before I brought up my sound, but all I’m going to say is when I brought this sound up, everyone was like “wow, what is that?” I love being able to sit down anywhere, anywhere in the world, at any time… at a keyboard that triggers this sound and feel the same way I feel in my studio with my favourite piano and be able to create in this way. And I’m really encouraging you to get your creativity on and enjoy this beautiful sound and the way it’s gonna inspire many, many, many, many creative nights and days. So, much love, talk to you soon.

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  • Reply Roman January 20, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Alicia is great! beautifull, intelligent artist

  • Reply MikeRoePhonicsMusic January 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm


  • Reply Winland January 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Yeah, why so mad?

  • Reply Senén Scaramuch February 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm


  • Reply Darryl-Mathew Suasua February 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Does this plug in come as a standalone? Or do you need kontact?

  • Reply fooloof February 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

    some nice side money for my girl. damn. she had me with her voice. never mind the face and talent! it's a WRAP!!

  • Reply JoshGE March 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Whoooooo Alicia Keys is so Talented and Gorgeous God Bless her i wish she was my Piano Mentor lol but Swizz Beats is a Lucky Man Lol

  • Reply Gatapotata March 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    But she plays it a bit too slowly, with WAY too much pedal, hey?

  • Reply Saarah Kbm April 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Oh my God she's so beautiful! And the way that she's playing on the piano is so good!

  • Reply Roger Starchild May 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I used it on my song People in Love. Thnks Alicia.

  • Reply niceprince May 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Alicia is fine as hell and "dat huge asss" is hot as hell

  • Reply Harrysound June 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I have this, I think I used it on a song but I can't remember which one lol

  • Reply Sheldon Gregward June 12, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I think she love the piano.

  • Reply Ellinor Grip June 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I love the was you attack the keys….

  • Reply MariusFeder June 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    hey, if u still want the Alicia Key piano let me know

  • Reply IK IK June 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Just came here to see Alicia .

  • Reply andres segura July 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    can i buy this piano only? and play it on main stage or logic pro? and add it to the library? or i have to buy the kontakt 5 player? do i need to purchase more stuff to play this piano?

  • Reply Kerry Trammell July 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    You can download the kontakt 5 player for free from the NI website and the Alicia Keys piano will play fine.

  • Reply Miszcz Takietam August 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    What sound card do I need?

  • Reply William Stone September 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Debussys Arabesque !

  • Reply Paul Lewis October 3, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Unless your PC is ancient the card/chip that you already have should be fine.

  • Reply Faiq Khalifa ASK October 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    at least it's not all just about the expensive and overpriced steinway.

  • Reply MONKiiMusic October 23, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Nobody is going to make any 4:20 jokes?

  • Reply dy k November 12, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Do I need to have a MIDI keyboard with weighted keys in order to produce those strength varied sounds? Or would just plain cheap MIDI keyboard do it? I'm guessing latter one won't be able to produce that spectrum of sounds.

  • Reply Dillon Hall November 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    That sounds like deep dark chocolate

  • Reply walken199 November 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    what an ugly piano)

  • Reply doughmino Music December 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    why I am smiling while she is talking.. 

  • Reply Vicente Arnaud January 3, 2014 at 4:56 am

    A ray of sunshine…

  • Reply JUST KYAL January 31, 2014 at 3:58 am

    sooo crazy, i want one

  • Reply Nijee Vaughn March 4, 2014 at 4:32 am

    It amazes me how people underestimate her musicianship skills. This woman is truly gifted and talented.

  • Reply Alfonso D June 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I will go into debt because of this person.

  • Reply Morton Davis III June 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    This beotch needs more Black dick….

  • Reply Mario Alberto Castellano September 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    How to destroy Debussy

  • Reply flavtothecity November 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    my favourite

  • Reply Silent Robert the Intern November 28, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Not gonna lie, it actually sounds a bit muddy for my taste, even at the ending tag.

  • Reply Martin December 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I don't like the sound of her piano. I like the Galaxy Vintage D library the most!

  • Reply Robert Thompson December 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Nothing can replace the sound of REAL instruments.

  • Reply Peter Y December 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    beautiful eyes!

  • Reply Maddy Deleón January 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm


  • Reply Luis Macias January 29, 2015 at 12:47 am

    native instruments replaced real instruments rober thompson are from the era of dinosaurs?

  • Reply HJ Jeon February 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    At first sight, I thought somebody was just parodying Alicia's name and studpidly creating a dirt-cheap instrument. But I am seriously wrong… and WOW! I never thought this instrument was as perfect as Alicia Keys! 😀

  • Reply djjuno106 May 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    one of the best sampled pianos outthere my favourite is giant but this is a close second.

  • Reply Bluepulli72 May 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

    2:28  "the sound is so incredible that… i did not even touch.. .a.. a.. real piano " that sounds a little bit unconfident.

  • Reply Stef May 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Damn she's fine. I bet her farts smells like roses and happy.

  • Reply Peter Podstanický June 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I  have  also  just  simple  piano  with  that I  learn  to  play and  on  this  occasion  I  want  to  say  that  Alicia  Keys  is  a  great  performer

  • Reply Alex Gregory June 8, 2015 at 6:43 am

    she's actually still pretty when she has proper hair.. always thought of her as tho manly  angry person…

  • Reply Guvna Goeby June 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I know that a lot of people say "It sounds too muddy.." or "It doesn't sound like a real piano…" but as a musician who creates instrumental songs as well as songs with lyrics I find that sometimes you have to find the right sounding piano to make the song work.  So yes this may not be good for the feel of what some are going for but, if you're making orchestral/instrumental music or want a piano that sounds different even in a subtle way then one more piano to choose from can't hurt right?

    I have Addictive Keys and TruePianos.  Sometimes Addictive Keys sounds great for what I may be working on at the time, but other times TruePiano brings the feel that I need to the composition whereas Addictive Keys just doesn't make it feel right in my heart.

  • Reply Bruno Costa June 29, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    If only it came with Alicia as well.

  • Reply Ex0rz July 21, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I wish she actually played a proper demo in the video :p

  • Reply BLAZE45 August 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    so you guys sampled a Yamaha C3 Neo then slapped Alicias name on it lol

  • Reply Steven Obsfeld September 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    fuck off this , create your own sound

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  • Reply Michael David November 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    alicia keys sounds like a cross between whoopi goldberg and beyonce knowles

  • Reply Jorge Valdez January 2, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I don't like

  • Reply LachelleTicakes Wade January 17, 2016 at 9:26 pm

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  • Reply Manon Robert January 19, 2016 at 12:27 am

    No damper on that software??? She said we could even hear the sound of the pedal….Doesn't look like she's using it. How can they let that pass?…..

  • Reply Billy Buttlord February 10, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    damn, she's hot

  • Reply Paint Tool SAI tutorials by Jakob Dam April 14, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I've been in love with this VST ever since it came out – a few years ago it was on sale, and I found out in the middle of the night… I got up from bed and bought it immediately. I haven't regretted it! I also own the Pianoteq VST plugin, which is far more versatile – but if what you want and what you need is a DARK piano sound – caramel flavored piano sound – then Alicia's Keys is superb! The VST is easy to use – Danish sampler and engineer Morten Skarbye really did a fantastic job here.

    And for the people who thinks that this is "just another Yamaha C3 Neo" – no it's not. It's not mentioned in this video, but Alicia Keys' grand piano is CUSTOM made. This adds a unique flavor in sound and feel, and it means that there is no C3 Neo which quite sound like hers.

    I highly recommend this VSTi, especially if you once in a while need a dark and all-over-the-place piano sound; it's ok for certain pieces of classical music, but it really shines in RnB and as a "sad piano" sound for hip hop beats. But that's just my opinion 🙂

  • Reply blurock29 June 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    she is amazing and talented just thinking to myself why more females can't be like this and not obnoxious drama.loving bitches ugh

  • Reply Rhianna Barr-Beaumont July 23, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    She's playing Debussy. He was an amazing composer.

  • Reply N H D Y Z August 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I'm in love

  • Reply Alexander Williams September 5, 2016 at 1:38 am

    I have a Casio ctk 720 keyboard that I really like & can't wait to play it successfully & feel that excitement as I'm playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you Alicia keys keep doing your thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Powi September 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I can't imagine any major artist like Alicia Keys who would introduce the product so well! She is 100% passionate about this <3 I've changed my mind on her completely – I love her recent music and now because of this I love her even more! Great work NI!!! Great Work Alicia!!!

  • Reply Luc H October 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Which Debussy song was she playing

  • Reply Dirty Dirt December 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I wanna fuck with her on this piano.

  • Reply Night Soldier January 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I could listen to her explain anything for hours

  • Reply kaitlyn nehira January 7, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    She is so pretty omg! My favorite Alicia is her when she is on the piano. Ugh she has enough talent to give out to all the other artists

  • Reply Mackenzie Stark February 3, 2017 at 8:04 pm


  • Reply Soane Ma'asi March 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

    This is 7 years old. Is there an update for this because Im guessing that this would eat so much RAM????

  • Reply Roberto Brandi April 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Nice artist,lovely video,amazing piano software..
    Great Sound!!

  • Reply Moises De Anda April 9, 2017 at 6:20 am

    its aight not the best

  • Reply Brandon Jones May 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    "Because it feels so good" lol

  • Reply rotorcraft621 June 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    NI could have done a much better job of mic'ing HER. She sounds like she's in a hole for this presentation.

  • Reply E L I T E O N T H E B E A T July 3, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Alicia is an AMAZING all the way around! This VST is old but GOLD! =)

  • Reply Stefan Bachrodt August 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    She's so down to Earth it's hypnotic! Love it! =D

  • Reply C-Jota Quintana September 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I Just Love It . Thank You Alicia & NI

  • Reply Enzo Cypriani October 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm


  • Reply James Fhame October 25, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I'm in love with her down to earth Beautiful voice!
    I think she's speaking in the same key as Michael Jackson used to speak in.

  • Reply Maafa 1619 December 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Good Lord, that woman is the goddess of beauty.

  • Reply Video January 28, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Beautiful Alicia

  • Reply Max333A February 18, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    It turns out she's a very nice person! Not only talented musician.

  • Reply aligboyakasha February 24, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    2:23 – that just seems…. why?

    a big artist like her could get perfect recording done

  • Reply Chia-Li Sung March 21, 2018 at 4:34 am

    you love this piano because you bloody don't have an ounce of musicality

  • Reply Chia-Li Sung March 21, 2018 at 4:35 am

    ready-made is right, because you can't make real music….

  • Reply juvenal huillca pezo April 15, 2018 at 4:03 am

    oigan no es por nada pero y el crack ?

  • Reply RJ April 17, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    As talented as she is beautiful

  • Reply LotusEater14 May 9, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Why are there haters on here? I have this plugin, and it's amazing. I am glad they produced it with Alicia. It's absolutely brilliant.

  • Reply Jay Pouch July 17, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Song at the beginning sounds like a slowed Debussy's Arabesque No. 1

  • Reply New Something September 7, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Beautiful sound, beautiful piano, beautiful lady!

  • Reply aligboyakasha October 28, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Can anyone confirm that she really did use it instead of her C3 Neo for the album? It's pretty impressive if she really did only use the VST.

  • Reply Najerea November 17, 2018 at 8:56 am


  • Reply Kosmas Lapatas Pianist December 8, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I love Alicia keya and i love NI but this piano sounds awful and since i own a yamaha c3e since 1992 i know what im talking about. NI did a wonderful job replicating the sound, but this particular piano is the worst yamaha i have ever heard. I have even played Korean pianos that sound way better

  • Reply Jonathan Gurgul January 1, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Just hit 1,000,000 views!

  • Reply Lawrence Talley February 1, 2019 at 2:23 am

    How about a collaboration with stevie wonder! Have you ever thought of that?

  • Reply Steez Harvey February 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Alicia Keys is one of the most beautiful women to ever exist.

  • Reply Bob Wrotenstien March 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Great musician but they mailed in this demo

  • Reply Isaiah Williams March 13, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    She's hot

  • Reply Desolo Zantas May 15, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Please make Alicia Keys 2 with all the technology that u have now

  • Reply dj broski May 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    does it come with the boobs?

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