Blue Toy Piano

A blue toy piano recorded with a pair of AKG P170...

The story

I’ll keep this one short and sweet

Today I was chatting with a fellow pianobook member on instagram and about an hour later a friend asked me to teach them how to sample their instrument / make a sample instrument.

So here’s this, the result of my nostalgia and instruction — not perfect by any means, but I quite like it. It’s a blue toy piano sampled 2 round robins each occupying every other note on the piano, alternating (Each robin is the opposite whole tone scale), at a few velocity layers per note. I waited a little time after each key press as to capture a release sample for each note recorded.

This let us adequately sample each key on the instrument once while retaining some playability and uniqueness to each keypress.

The recording chain was just a pair of AKG P170 into a MOTU 828x (stock pres).

I’ve included an EXS as well as a Kontakt version, if I had to pick between the two the Kontakt one is a little more optimized / has knobs to balance the volume between note vs. release.

I hope all can get some joy from this, I certainly did!

Reviews

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  • A well-sampled toy piano

    It's just an alright toy piano, with the good attribute that it has a little to no audible white noise in the samples. Some notes are off pitch, some low velocities don't register so you only get a click sound, but what you need to know is that other than the mid register, the others are unusuable since they sound way too stretched, especially the low one. Honestly I've found some much better made toy piano libraries here, but honestly you might like the sound if this one more than the others.

    Alex Raptakis21 October 2021
  • Nice, old toy piano

    Very nice!!! I remember I had something like this when I was a child. Some broken, yet warm sound of toy piano. Nicely captured! Higher range has some strong layer and I think this makes a little difficult to play, so probably if dynamics was lowered down it would be nicer to play with!

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • An ambitious little toy

    So, being a toy piano, of course it isn't going to scale particularly well to the extremities of its register, but I commend the creators for extending the range across the full 88 keys. Above C6 and below C2, the instrument starts to get a little wacky, I can see how below C2 can be used in a music context, but everything above C6 should be avoided in my opinion. Other than that, it's a solid toy piano sound, and should be used as such. In my testing, I was playing it too much like an actual piano, and that didn't translate over at all, so it needs to be approach as the instrument it is.

    Murph Elyria12 October 2021