This piano is collecting dust in the big dining hall of my university and that was the first thing I saw when walking in for the
first day. I decided to give sampling it a go, as it is one of my favorite hobbies. (And its part of my neverending quest to get to
do this professionally someday). So I managed to sneak in the lobby in the middle of the night and started hitting the keys (I think I scared
some people sitting in the nearby library)
The whole front of the piano is open, giving some opportunities for more interesting recordings.
I sampled the main piano with 3 velocity layers and 2 mic positions (stereo/mono) so you can switch between a small cool difference
in the positions. Next I recorded the same with pedals (without velocities this time) and a special patch that I call “String”.
I used a pen to hit the strings through the open piano front to create a rather creepy sound.
The last and the best part is the piano swarm. This patch contains the whole piano range. I played with my recording buddy all of the respective
piano keys on a random order to create this swarmy spitfire sound. The patch is slow and doesn’t loop so perfectly, but its fun to tinker around
with some delay effects.
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