Mickleburgh Piano

Mickleburgh Piano

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This is our living room piano, made by Mickleburgh Limited in Stokes Croft, Bristol. It’s pretty clunky, but I’ve learnt to love that about it, and I think it’s most beautiful when played softly, with all the mechanics exposed.

To get a consistent, quiet velocity, I dropped my fingers slowly on to the keys from a few inches above. Not how you might play in the real world, but I noticed there was quite a lot of “good noise” happening before the hammer hit the strings; sort of a “putt-twang”, and I wanted to capture that. This makes it pretty laggy to play, a bit like playing with a huge buffer size; I almost called it the Latency Piano. I appreciate that this may not be to everyones taste, so I added a sample start offset dial (setting at 120 is a good fix). I also pulled the mechanism away from the strings and captured the hammer release so there’s quite a bit of control over the “clunk”. There’s a “tuned” and staccato patch also.

AND THEN!!!…. there’s the Impulse page! On inserts there’s some Road Bridges, A New Star that seems to go on forever and his brother bip4 which is instant Dura-swell batteries Ad’s from the 80’s….and of course a Spanglewangler. And on sends there’s the Splisherizer, the Splasher, and Sploshington on Sea ( my favourite resort in my shoegazey past ). Mix and match, or shove ‘em all on…and make a right cacophonous mess!!! Keep one hand on the master volume though.

I have included an EXS 24 patch as that is where the sampling started out, however, with time on my hands in these strange (A.K.A.annoying!) times, I decided it was time to get under the hood of Kontakt; so this is my first attempt at scripting. It’s a bit clunky, in keeping with the real thing I suppose. Much of the fine tuning was done in the Kontakt 5 version, so the EXS is a little more basic ( + the bug where release key round robins don’t cycle, + couldn’t figure a Scripter to do the pedal noise…it is there though, mapped to c-2 ). Play on!, Ashley
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P.S. I found a script for Scripter in Logic that plays note 0 with the sustain pedal. I’ve included the .pst setting but unfortunately it kills the sustain. However, you can open the piano on one instance of EXS and the pedal only patch on another with the Scripter attached then record enable both you get the pedal noise and sustain.

Stick the .pst in ~/Users//Music/Audio Music Apps/Plug-In Settings/Scripter

I’m sure there’s an easy script tweak to maintain the sustain, but my minds still spinning from trying to get to grips with KSP this last month. My “scripting” prior to this ended when our Apple II Europlus got crushed by our chimney in that freak storm of ’87; …..so I’ve still got a bit of catching up to do ;^)

Peace and love!

Ash


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Upright with non-conformist personality

4.0 rating
June 12, 2021

This library has some slight honky tone: there are obvious resonances and the keys appear to be slightly out of tune. This piano is not trying to please everyone, but you can still fall in love with it’s personality, if you can look beyond generic expectations.

Synthiemental

So nice.

5.0 rating
April 16, 2021

Feels amazing to play.

Benjamin McCourt

OOOFF !!!

5.0 rating
March 23, 2021

Great job with providing the ability to adjust the noisy stuff. I prefer it at full tilt. This has tons of character. Thanks!!

Brett

such an amazing beast of a piano sample

5.0 rating
March 22, 2021

omg, fucking insane. instant favourite!

id

A Piano With Personality

5.0 rating
January 29, 2021

Great job on putting this together, playing it and hearing all the nuance I can really imagine I’m sitting in front of the beast itself. It brings a sense of age and weathered feel.

J.G.Thwaits

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An upright piano made in Bristol, best played softly

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