The story

I did this sample really quickly using just my iPhone, using GarageBand so I could record higher quality than voice memos. I recorded the individual notes pretty close to the hammers so it’s not a typical regular sounding piano. I find it can be useful when an upfront mono piano is needed. Hope you enjoy!

Reviews for Butter Knife Upright

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  • I can't believe this was recorded with a phone.

    So you are telling me this pristine sound quality comes from an iPhone recording? Unbelievable, honestly. And not only this is sampled amazingly well, it also plays well in all aspects. As for the character of it, well, it speaks for itself. The very prominent attack is one of the best ones, if not the best I've heard on Pianobook. It is slightly controllable via the Tone knob too, since it takes away some of the higher frequencies. The release triggers are also nice and optional.

    A very nice contribution, especially considered this is available for DecentSampler which means completely free for everyone.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • For a recording made with an iPhone this is seriously impressive...

    I'm amazed at the quality here of the recording. There's a hint of that subtle natural compression that iPhone recordings tend to have but that actually adds to the character of this instrument. The mono style make it perfect for running through tape emulators etc. But also this has such a bright sound that it works great for lead lines that need to pierce through a mix.

    R.Treves21 October 2021
  • Pretty astounding

    Its really amazing that this was recorded with a phone, most of us probably wouldn't have known if you hadn't told us. This piano and a bright yet pretty sweet and mellow sound. Its fairly dynamic as well. You get a really punchy attack on the high notes which could be a really cool sound but could also be annoying depending on where you're trying to fit this piano into. The GUI is also pretty useful.

    septemberwalk09 November 2021
  • Playing the strings with a butter knife..?

    Look how far sampling has come, the end result is fantastic no matter how you recorded it, but it's all the more impressive from a phone. Definitely not a typical piano, almost reminds me of when I played the piano strings with a butter knife years ago, not sure if that's where the name came from. With just a small amount of reverb this piano really widens out and sounds great. I think these recordings close to the hammers would be perfect for a Swarm or Stratus style approach if you ever want to go reuse the samples for something really crazy.

    Ada MaskilSamplist 11 November 2021
  • Piano from a phone

    Given the way this was recorded, it's a great library. The attack is super sharp and this is a useful sound for those times you need to bang out some piano rock n roll. I tend to prefer stereo sampling over mono, but it does have its uses. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of dynamic variance within each zone, but the instrument is still very playable.

    Sam EcoffSamplist 08 November 2021
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