This is my first attmept at sampling and was originally recorded way back in September 2019. However, with no access to Kontakt or EXS the project got put on the back burner until mid-way through the pandemic when I found out about Decent Sampler! How great it is to have a superb free sampler!
The Hohner Pianet T is a lesser-known Electromechanical Piano made in the late 70s. It’s fully passive and uses a small sticky suction pad that pulls off the metal tine causing it to vibrate and sound. This is what gives the piano its character, sort of like a blend between a Rhodes and a Wurli.
This particular Hohner Pianet T belongs to my good friend Joe. I was keen to try sampling and he suggested we try with his slightly rickety old Pianet T, lovingly named “Anne-Marie the Hohner T” to preserve it as a virtual instrument. Joe originally acquired the Pianet in 2005 after a teacher at his school left for a job abroad and gave away all of his musical gear. After his parents rejected the idea of squeezing a Hammond or Wurli into his bedroom, Joe was left with the closest thing to a Rhodes he could get, the Hohner Pianet T!
Since then it’s moved up to London with him and has been well loved. In Joe’s words, “It’s been through a few minor repairs over the years and could probably do with a new tine or two but it’s amazing rich sound, unique action and attack make it a joy to play.”
To record the samples, we DI’ed the Pianet and set up a pair of Beyerdynamic MCE530’s for the mechanical and trigger release sounds and recorded two dynamic layers. We then re-amped it into my Supro guitar amp mic’ed with an SE X1S condenser mic and an SM57 dynamic mic. I did some slight noise reduction in ProTools and added a little crunch on the 57 for some different character before writing up the code for Decent Sampler.
I’ve heard Christian in videos mention that magical moment when you first play an instrument you have sampled, it’s so true! I got the instrument working without the mechanical noise and release triggers at first and it was great, but as soon as I added those mechanical layers that’s when the magic happened! It was suddenly like playing Anne-Marie the Hohner T!
I hope you enjoy using it, I loved making it and after my first attempt at sampling I’m fully hooked!
Reviews for Anne-Marie the Hohner T
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Very playable Pianet electric piano
The recording quality of the individual sample layers is superb. The ability to vary the amounts of the direct, dynamic mic amped and condenser mic signal make this a very versatile electric piano library. The modifiable mechanical noise adds to the authentic sound character. The dynamic mic in particulary adds a nice crunch. The default preset is a perfect starting point with the accurate amount of release.
Thank you so much for this wonderful pack! As a (ex) owner & hobby restaurator of a Hohner Pianet T it sound so close to the sound of my Pianet T & instantly helped me get that feeling back, the wish to jam & record. My favorite pianobook download in 2021!
Superb rendition of an underrated instrument.
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. The Hohner Pianet T is so often overlooked. Almost celeste like played high up while soulful and bluesy low down. If you like the Hohner sound - which I do - then this is pretty much as perfect of a "version" of it as you could wish for. As the others have said having GUI control over DI and different mics plus mechanical sounds means you get pretty much get any sound you want. Yet another PianoBook Gem that will preserve this instrument forever.
I didn't go into this with high hopes. Im not usually a fan These kind of e pianos or at least what my pre concieved notion of this was before going into it. I got lost playing this though and i really love it. I love having control over mechanical noise and release triggers nonelectric pianos. I kind of wish the release triggers and the attack of the note was more thuddy like on a rhodes but i still really like it. The sound is great, warm and characterful. The release control is really handy too. Also even though there are only two dynamic layers, for some reason it feels more dynamic than that. Nothing bad to say about this library, i really enjoy it. You do get distortion at high velocities the way things are set up when first opening but as alex mentioned, you can turn the mic signals down. It would be nice to have it set this way upon opening though.
Well, I for one thoroughly enjoyed having a bit of a diddle with Anne-Marie, so to speak.
I really liked the character and, whilst it is very easy to overdrive with the mic controls, that kind of thing can be useful when stacked with effects and pushed into the background so it's no bad thing.