King’s Cross London Undergound
Spitfire Audio hosted an incredible event in London this past February which gave me the opportunity to both see the city for the first time, and to meet some of the incredible members of the Pianobook community! After the festivities had ended, a few of us composers went out to dinner where we had the “brilliant” idea to sample an upright piano we had passed in the King’s Cross underground station the day before. The intonation was deplorable, and at least five keys flat-out didn’t work. But close your eyes while playing and you’re practically teleported to the station!
We recorded everything with my phone and tried our best to pause during the announcements and the louder portions of the crowds. Velocity layers are decent but we didn’t manage to record round robins. To make up for that I included a fun bonus feature controlled by CC1!
Special thanks to Christopher Belsey, Jess Henderson, and Thorsten Hoppe for performing, and encouraging this reckless sampling behavior!
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very usable and unique piano. became one of my fav kontakt pianos very quickly … thank you KRooneyMusic
I absolutely love the samples that make up this piano. The variance in chatter, train sounds, and ambient noise really makes for something special.
Embrace The Noise!
I love libraries that are very atmospheric and full of noise from the surroundings as it immediately conjures up an environment in your mind – and you certainly get that with this library recorded on the piano in London’s King’s Cross Station. I like to embrace the noise with these types of libraries, so I made a demo with lots of notes with the pedal down to really let the atmospherics swirl as it is playing. Then it ends with simple big chords played and held so you can hear all the noises from the tube station. Brilliant!