Rolling Piano

Rolling Piano


After wanting to sample my home piano for a while I got around to recording it at the end of last year. Hearing the many well recorded and sampled piano’s there already were on pianobook I decided not to traditionally sample mine.

Here lies my first experiment…

I sampled repeated notes played at varying time intervals to create a kind of “swarm” or rolling effect. It’s best played as sparse chords- I especially enjoy the lower octaves. The samples are all looped at different points so you can hold a chord and the same pattern will never repeat twice.

I was surprised by how well it came out- I shared the early instrument with friend and fellow composer Steve Francis here in Sydney. It was put to use in his latest composition for Bangarra Dance Theatre- unfortunately their production has been postponed like many due to COVID-19 so it has not yet been heard in public (it was due to open in the Sydney Opera House in June).

I’ve finally got around to finishing it (now that I have more time on my hands) and scripting my first GUI in Kontakt. I’ve added controls for cutoff, reverb and volume for both forward and (my favourite) the reverse samples.

There’s also a noisy pad as an easter egg if you find the hidden control!

Please enjoy my first of hopefully many!

Sampling info:
Yamaha U1 Upright with celeste (felt) pedal on.
Close stereo XY mic pair of AKG CK1’s into UAD Apollo Neve preamp emulation.
Rolling Piano textures, both forward and reverse.
12x looped notes over 2x dynamic layers.
Attack time is responsive to velocity I.e the harder you hit the quicker the note comes in

Hint: The volume for the hidden pads is a dark spot when turned off….



Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

Versatile & Organic!

5.0 rating
July 23, 2020

This instrument is cool as hell. It is super versatile, I can see it being used in so many different scenarios, plus it’s LOADS of fun to play with. It has a “Reverse Volume” knob!! Like, come on! From ambient low & wide tones to fluttery forward swarms – put the noisy pad on your mod wheel and go to town! Great work David. Thank you!

Justin Villebrun

This Piano is amazing.

5.0 rating
June 24, 2020

I like the sound of this piano. Im gonna use it a lot!

Sanders Alcide

I can't believe how beautiful this sounds!

5.0 rating
May 21, 2020

I was looking for something swarm like and was thinking about sampling it myself but you did a way better job than I could have ever done..
Thank you very, very much!

Maximilian Konrad

Absolute keeper!

5.0 rating
May 17, 2020

Great sounds and GUI. Really nice work!

Jon Manness


A beautiful and reversible piano texture created from a Yamaha U1 Upright.

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5 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
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