St. Helen’s Steinway Pad
Popping in one day last week to my deserted, locked-down school to pick up a few things from my office, I put my head around the door to our main school hall, and there, in the middle of the stage, in near darkness, stood our beautiful Steinway concert grand, unloved, and unplayed for months. I thought it might be fitting to try to create a thing of beauty from such a sad sight.
St. Helen’s Steinway Pad was made by recording middle c and the octaves above and below it in a random sequence with the only recorder I had on hand – an Olympus LS-5 digital dictaphone. I then fed the whole 72 second recording through Valhalla’s Supermassive plugin and Arturia’s tape delay and captured the 100% wet output.
The resulting instrument, with a super-slow attack and release, undulates and evolves due to the octaves in the original recording, and provides a dreamy, airy texture, a promise of when the hall will once again soon be filled with music and joy.
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Gorgeous, ethereal and angelic-like pad
When I heard this on the latest Pianobook vlog, I thought, “I need that sound!’
I’ve been looking for an angelic style pad with layers and this totally fits the bill. I love the textures in this sound and look forward to working with it on my next track.
This can't be a piano
Amazing, the sound that you have pulled from this instrument. Well done
sweet and gentel
this is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever played, I opened it in Kontakt and instantly had to open it in logic and record something – a subtle yet ever inspiring sound, magic programming – a gem