Ada’s Distorted Piano

A baby grand piano processed through effects...

The story

Hello, my name is Ada Maskil. I had been excited to sample my childhood baby grand piano since I got an email about the creation of the pianobook website years ago, but I felt like sampling was very difficult and time consuming, (it is). But after I watched some of the helpful videos from Christian, the Spitfire team, and David Hilowitz, I thought it was much more reasonable to do with their help. I have been working as a freelance composer for some years while living in a few different foreign countries, so I didn’t have access to the baby grand piano I grew up playing on. Thanks to a pandemic, I decided to go back home for a while, which gave me the opportunity to use/record my childhood piano which my parents still have.

This instrument, Ada’s Distorted Piano is from a bundle of songs I wrote for game development. I sampled the piano, only AFTER my chain of effects on the piano, but I am hoping to go back and do a true dry sample in the future. I was inspire by Christian’s youtube video showing how he made his “Cool Piano”, and I wanted to build one similar but with my own style. I love the sound that came from the combination of effects. It definitely lends itself to minimalism and horror type genres, but I would be interested to hear something more industrial and electronic with it.

Although having a lot of experience with recording and composing, this is my first time sampling or creating a Kontakt instrument. Any feedback is appreciated.


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  • I HAVE to give this a perfect score.

    This is a perfect instrument. Don't expect it to be a plain piano that can get a little distorted through some options and effects though. The sampling is amazing and it's very dynamic as well. Its character is amazing and overall the instrument is extremely inspiring to my ears. In addition to that, the illustrated wallpaper is fantastic and matches the feeling perfectly. The knob is assinged to the modwheel and works perfectly in both ways. This is simply amazing.

    Alex Raptakis21 October 2021
  • Nicely and little distorted piano

    I was expecting more distorted, hard to play kind of sound, but it is a very nice sounded piano : The lower register gives a punchy texture to the piano.

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • Sounds Great Straight Out Of The Box

    This library sounds brilliant as soon as you load in the patch. It's a lovely piano sound particularly in the upper register. And the ambience gives it a very subtle cp-70 like vibe. The read me thankfully describes what the unlabelled knob on the GUI does. So its not worth taking away a star for. The programming of the library is great for a first time at sampling and I'm excited to see what you come out with next. Good Job!

    R.Treves18 October 2021
  • A good start...

    This has the makings of a very good library. Unfortunately, the lack of GUI and customization makes this instrument a little more difficult to work with. The GUI only has one, unlabeled knob I'm not entirely sure what it controls and not much else. How it sounds out of the box is about as far as it goes. Future updates would definitely make this instrument stand out and increase with playability and customization.

    christopher13 October 2021
  • Great Tape Piano... some caveats

    Ada's Distorted Piano is really fun to play! It has a wobbly tape effect baked into the samples. There is a knob to bring in a long reverb tail, but the reverb signal has issues. First, it's a group of samples all to its own, but having listened to them seems like something that could be accomplished with a send effect... maybe not. The BIGGEST issue with the instrument is that the samples in the reverb group are mapped all wrong, so some of them will be transposed, even different velocities on the same note. Once that is revises, it will be a great instrument!

    ChesterGwazda13 October 2021
  • Beautifully Gritty!!!

    Big fan of this piano! The effects chain adds a really interesting quality that would definitely lend itself to any composer who enjoys film scoring or experimental rock. The GUI makes it a little difficult to see the singular knob, I think you could've made it stand out a bit more, and labeled it, but otherwise this is a near perfect instrument for me. Definitely going to be using this on a future project.

    Murph Elyria12 October 2021