Midnight Upright

Midnight Upright

Story

This upright piano belongs to my mother who wanted to learn the piano when she was a kid but gave up really quickly.
It has been at my parent’s house for almost 30 years and has never been tuned since.
2 years ago, I started to develop sample libraries and always wanted to record this unstable beauty one day.
3 weeks ago, I gave it a shot and here is result.

I used a pair of Neumann KM184 and put a blanket between the strings and the hammers for a very gentle sound. 3 dynamics layers have been recorded as well as release triggers and pedal noises.
Play C#-2 and you’ll see there’s also a silent room recording for an extra realism when mixing.

To add interest to the sound, I also decided to create 2 more layers for blending with the piano one.
The first one is the piano recording processed in Logic and played back thru a Tascam Portastudio 414 MKII and driven thru a Boss KM60 mixer.
The second one holds a special place in my heart because it is the first instrument I bought when I decided to create my company. It is a cheap Chord Organ from Lorenzo. It is very noisy when powered on but is so beautiful when used as a pad with lots of reverb.

I hope you will like this instrument as much as I like creating it
Alex Raynaud


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SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

5.0 rating
April 18, 2021

Even though I cannot really use this instrument in its full potential, I got the opportunity to at least try it. And i love it. There is nothing else to say. It is just great.

unknown 15 years old would-be composer

Mesmerizing and Unpredictable (in the best way possible)

5.0 rating
April 11, 2021

The piano here sounds fab, but the “Texture” layers are what put this instrument over the top. Slowly arpeggiate some chords, and this cues practically write themselves.
I dare say this one is clearly worth of commercial release. Brilliant work!

- Robert Louis

Unique sound, but it needs some tweaking

4.0 rating
April 2, 2021

I love it, I would really want to make a track with this if it wasn’t for a few problems.
The texture seems to be clipping or distort after a certain level, it seems to be in the recording itself.
There seems to be a problem with the velocities, the soft notes are really really quiet and the loudest are loud as hell, including some very annoying frequencies from 1k to 2khz that can really hurt the ear when playing higher notes (especially from F4 to D6).
Hope this will help you improve this great piano!
Feel free to contact me via email if you want more feedback 🙂
[email protected]

Kisnou

Bloody lovely piano

5.0 rating
April 1, 2021

I love the organ layered below it, just completely utterly awesome. Great job!

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