Palm Muted Upright

Palm Muted Upright


A good while back, my band was recording in the studio, and I spent some off time toying around with a piano that sat there with its panels off, muting the strings with my hand as I was playing the keys. It produced this percussive, sort of dreamy sound that I developed a deep fascination for, which has been with me ever since.

The Pianobook project eventually got me inspired to go out and make a sample library of my own, so that I could have these sounds available on hand whenever I wanted them. I brought my laptop, my audio interface and a pair of large diaphragm microphones to my university’s music department and went through all the rehearsal rooms looking for a quiet place with a nice sounding Piano.

I settled for a room down in the basement section with minimal ventilation noise and with a really decent sounding Samick upright piano, where I spent the evening sampling it. Since the Pianobook project was largely what gave me the inspiration and knowledge to go through with this little project, I figured it was only appropriate to submit it to the project and share it with the community.

As I myself only have the means to create patches with the Ableton Sampler, an Ableton Instrument Rack is the only format in which I could provide an instrument patch for. Hopefully some kind souls eventually will have the time and means to provide ESX24 and Kontakt patches as well.

2019/04/21 – Update for version 2.0:

This version of the library also includes a Kontakt version of the instrument. Huge thanks to Clay LaHatte for providing this.


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A Samick upright piano muted by hand.

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  1. Kontakt & Ableton


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