A beautifully sampled and designed Wurlitzer 200a from Baltimore, Maryland.

The story

I’m new to Kontakt and sampling in general, and love the idea behind Pianobook. I wanted to contribute so I sampled my Wurlitzer 200a. This was a learning exercise for me. Wallpaper and knobs are images of my piano.

There are three sets of samples: direct, XY pair on the speaker (only one works), and XY pair for the inside mechanical sounds. Also release triggers, which are grouped with the mechanical sounds.

I attempted to use a contact mic, but the results were not really useful.

It’s named BaltiWurli because I am a proud resident of Baltimore, Maryland.

Chester Gwazda

Reviews for BaltiWurli

  • Sound
  • Character
  • Playability
  • Inspiration
  • GUI

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  • So close to perfection!

    I just retracted one star from Playability only because the release is waaaay to short and it restricts you from playing so many other stuff other than fast jazz lines. If it had a release knob it would literally be one of the best Pianobook instruments I've tested. I personally tried adding one through Kontakt's Edit Mode, but it didn't do anything. I figured that just a little bit of reverb makes it a lot better though.

    I also recommend turning the mechanical noises down since they contain a bunch of white noise, unless you want to go for that Lo-Fi feel of course...

    Other than that, perfect sound, perfect GUI, awesome character and very inspiring. Please add a release knob and tag me on Twitter!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Love the GUI and controls

    I agree with the people below me that the sustain is an issue with this instrument and can make it hard to convincingly play melodies. If you have a sustain pedal which i do, this can really extend things but it still kind of feels like its dying off too fast. With that being said the sound of this is awesome, clear and silky. The GUI is also extremely cool with the designed knobs, mechanical and electrical noise and the overall retro look. I think this has a-lot of potential if you felt like doing an upgrade. Great job anyway though. ADSR controls would definitely be a good place to start and the more round robins the better.

    septemberwalk31 October 2021
  • the harmonics are awesome

    this library exactly what it says the box the low end of the library is a grate way to fill in the low in heavy manner overall a good library and a tad of reverb with long tail can take this library to a whole new level

    de silva17 November 2021
  • Give this Wurlitzer a Whirl

    This Wurly is well recorded and fun. There's not a lot of sustain, and while there's three different dynamic layers, and this instrument is playable, there's something I can't articulate that feels like it's missing from this instrument. It somehow doesn't seem to respond the way you'd expect when you really dig in velocity-wise. Even so, this is a ridiculous great effort for a first sample library, and I applaud Chester for his efforts here. The GUI is particularly well done! Great work here!

    Sam Ecoff07 November 2021
  • A decent Wurlitzer

    I'm a huge electric piano fan and this library here, especially in the middle octaves can sound quite convincing, especially for chord progressions. For some reason playing melodies with individual notes doesn't sound as good though. One possible reason: there is no control to influence the sustain / decay / release of the sound, so you are basically stuck with one articulation, that might or might not work for the task at hand. One can still influence the sound somehow by mixing the amount of direct mic and speaker mic, though the speaker signal alone sounds a bit off. Not bad for the first sampling attempt I doubt I could create something better, a future version could benefit from more velocity layers and better transitions between them, round robins for less repetitive sound and longer notes sampled with ADSR controls to have more influence on the articulation. Thanks!

    Synthiemental20 October 2021