When buying my house in Scotland I inherited a majestic 100+ year old Pleyel piano. Pretty unplayable I enquired with a piano restorers how much would it cost to gut and replace it’s innards. The quote came back at £30,000, the big catch was it would leave me with a piano with a resale value of £300! so with regrets and a heavy heart I donated it to a local community centre. I sampled it (under difficult conditions) for posterity.
Here’s a somewhat sombre video all about it…
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Beautifully sampled piano and pad sound
I really like the antique piano and pad patch!! Such a warm, nostalgic sound to play with. Sound is very simple and versatile to use for many purposes. Another nice library to have!
A warm and friendly piano, but missing samples in half the patches...
Kontakt couldn't find any of the sample except for a few of the .nki patches. Those patches however sounded great and the piano is both soft and warm but with a slight honky tonk nature to it due to the age and subtle detuned sound.
File errors but nice character
This piano has a nice character overall, it's not too noisy and you can really make it work - if you figure out what is going on with the missing files that is. In Kontakt I managed to fix some but not all. It plays well though, and you can try it yourself and see if it does it for you. The key noise is separated as a different instrument - that's a way of dealing with it I guess. Same thing goes for the pad, even though I can't say it made sense to me.
Authentic Antique Sound!
I was recently working on a project and needed this exact style of creaking keys. I really like the unique sound of it, and love improvising with it loaded. Not sure if I did something wrong.. but I had issues loading it into Kontakt and getting the GUI right, so I could customize the sound much. Overall, it's perfect for what I'm working on, but I'll probably play around with adding some effects and filters.
Certainly sounds antique
Fine sampled piano if you're looking for that old, slightly honkyish timbre. I like it though. The pad sounds are nice too.