Mum’s Accordion

Mum’s Accordion


Mum’s Accordion

By Phil Hartley

Here is a quick sample of My mum’s old 1926 Foreign Accordion which my nan bought her in 1953 second hand to learn at school, it has been in every studio I’ve had over the past 30 years and appeared on numerous recordings and sat gathering dust until uncovered again during lockdown and gave a massive injection of inspiration to a cue I’ve been working on for days and alas the melody required a D two semitones above what this little old dear was endowed with so Sampling it had to be done and I figured it could be my first offering to the Pianobook Community of which I’m a huge fan

I recorded the accordian with an S.E. Electronics Gemini II Tube Mic ( Front Mic) and a Warm Audio WA47 ( Rear Mic) into my SSL Six Preamps into Pro Tools

I sampled all 25 keys with two dynamic layers P and F plus release triggers of the clicky keys ( RT Vol) , no round Robbins on this one instead the lower P dynamic is long and low to full extension of the squeeze box and some of the notes were tailored to the part but it has a nice character to it
Finally I Chose one of the filters (Cutoff ) that sounded the most like the action of the accordion when playing solo, added a nice bit of reverb with the convolution.

I must say I love the Pianobook template for Kontakt

Hope you all enjoy

Phil Hartley


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Rich and rewarding

5.0 rating
October 9, 2020

There’s an almost harmonica-like quality to this beautifully sampled accordion that, with the subtle addition of a few effects, makes it ideal for creating a track that sounds a little out of the ordinary – even if you’re using commonplace harmony and a simple melody. I found this instrument genuinely inspiring and will almost certainly return to it again and again. Its sound is mysterious, rich and it pulls on the heart strings. Truly lovely.

Chris Bell (wordsSHIFTminds)


5.0 rating
July 7, 2020

I am searching for a good sounding accordion and finally found here. Sincere thanks to creators.



An old 1926 Foreign Accordion passed down through the generations.

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