Buwa’s Harmonium

A restored harmonium at least a hundred years old

The story

– Restored an old no-brand-name harmonium which belonged to my late grandfather.
– Repair people said it’s at least a hundred years old, if not older.
– Samples recorded with a ZOOM H5n.
– I use to call him BUWA which in Nepali means father.

Reviews for Buwa’s Harmonium

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  • Good sound but needs work

    I agree with what people above me said, while the actual sound of the recordings is great, the programming side is not so great. The attack times of the notes don't feel smooth and there is definitely some crackling and artifacts going on in the samples too. The samples also dont loop which could work depending on what you're looking to do but it would be nice to be able to sustain chords and notes. There are a few harmoniums on pianobook i like more but this has potential

    septemberwalk26 October 2021
  • Very inspiring sound but some improvement needed

    The sound is incredible, but unfortunately a lack of Kontakt programming makes the library pretty unusable. For instance, some of the start points of the notes are clipping- which can be fixed with an attack envelope. The samples also don't loop, so it's not possible to play drones!

    Angus Roberts-Carey11 October 2021
  • A Good Start, but needs work

    This harmonium was well recorded, but the sample start times don't appear to be correctly adjusted. I'm a big fan of tight start times, but much of the attack portion of the samples seems to be clipped off with the current settings. Every key on this instrument was sampled, so it's clear that some time and effort went into creating this sample pack, but that same care doesn't seem to have carried into the Kontakt programming. Maybe some other folks in the PB community can take the time to give this instrument the tweak it deserves.

    Sam Ecoff17 October 2021
  • There is much room for improvement

    It's a cute harmonium, but it would greatly benefit from some noise reduction. The attack might appear to be too clickly for you, and that could be fixed with an attack knob. The panning may seem a little bit weirdly placed. The key mapping should be more towards the middle of the keybed in order to match the regular piano range, but that doesn't affect the actual sound anyway. It would be welcome if the volume could change with either through velocity mapping or just the modwheel. Lastly, a GUI would be nice, even if it was just a nice wallpaper.

    Alex Raptakis04 November 2021