St. Helen’s Steinway Pad

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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4.0 rating
January 29, 2021

Marshmallows. A slice of really good baklava. Apfel Strudel, maybe. That’s what this pad makes me think of. It’s beautifully rich and fat. Make that phat. In fact, it’s so fat I didn’t need the plugins I generally use for sounds that need bulking things up to be fully audible in the mix. In fact, this pad is so calorific I’ve put on some weight since I started using it. Only kidding. It does take a little reining in, as in the higher registers it can be a little harsh, but that’s a minor quibble and if obviously dependent on the effect you’re going for. Nice work, Ash!

Chris Bell (wordsSHIFTminds)

St. Helen’s Steinway Pad

5.0 rating
December 3, 2020

Bellezza pura…………………


Gorgeous, ethereal and angelic-like pad

5.0 rating
August 16, 2020

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

5.0 rating
August 15, 2020

Amazing, the sound that you have pulled from this instrument. Well done

Tim Rideout

sweet and gentel

5.0 rating
August 3, 2020

nice tone



A beautiful evolving pad created from a Steinway.

4.9 rating
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 8 reviews)
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