Claustrophobic Piano

As close as you can get to being inside a Schimmel piano...

The story

Ever since recording the LABS Soft Piano some 14 years ago I have always thought “can we go further” make an EVEN more intimate and touching piano.

It’s taken many goes over these last 14 years and my trusty Schimmel has to have become one of the most sampled pianos in sampling history but…. I settled on a pair of Neumann M149s and a KU100 binaural “dummy head” mic, all jammed right into the sound box of the piano THEN… A duvet over the back of them to keep them in the piano and not feel like you were in the room at all.

Then I summed them through one of the ugliest bits of tech I have ever lay my eyes on. Find out more in the youtube video I made about it. How did it work out? Well why don’t you download and see for yourself (Remember binaural recordings always better played on headphones!). Enjoy. CH.

Reviews

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  • Another nicely sampled piano library - intimate and soft texture

    Just like other piano from Christian, it also has such a nice release sound, which makes me to play again. Warm and beautiful piano, with nice room reverb. Very intimate and close sound. Very versatile sound to blend with any library.

    Asuka Amane21 October 2021
  • Warm. Intimate. Soft. Cosy, I'm running out of adjectives here...

    This is one of the best recordings of Christian's Schimmel. Which I feel like I say every time I review it. But the intimate sound you get from this iteration makes for some truly beautiful piano sounds. The M149 Mix is my personal favourite and just gives it a real colour. Lovely stuff!

    R.Treves20 October 2021
  • As intimate as it gets

    This sounds so close I feel I should have taken Dave out for a drink before playing this. Best with headphones on

    Jim Sanger16 October 2021
  • I've never felt so warm and fuzzy inside a piano

    A great soft tone that takes the labs soft piano sound a step further. Love the ability to play all the noises from inside the piano with out any notes, leads to some fun rhythmic toys. However, at the end of the day it is just a piano so it isn't an especially unique sound but it's still inspiring nonetheless.

    Forrest Love15 October 2021
  • Henson's soul included

    I said it before, and I will say it again. Christian's instruments share a bit of his soul, just like a horcrux. Claustrophobic? Yes. But I can personally sense everything behind this phobia. Wholesomeness, shyness, empathy, and some good old pain... But these only cause us to grow, and become better humans, true to our selves, true to our beloved ones and to everyone else. Chopin and Debussy would be proud to play on it, I'm sure of that. BACK TO REALITY: 4/5 stars on the GUI because cmon Christian I am bored of your GUI, we can do better than that!

    Alex Raptakis14 October 2021
  • A spring of inspiration the water spring

    simply put it its inspiring i can play this all day the tone of the piano is amazing especially Dave Oh, ear candy. I also got a beautiful tone by taking and chopping them up and adding a 60 second reverb and then mixing the two i might release this later in pianobook

    de silva14 October 2021
  • Headphones On

    It should come as no surprise that Christian knows how to record a great piano, And this one is something very special. I'm personally a big fan of the use of binaural audio in anything and as is to be expected, this piano comes to life in headphones. There is a very intimate and personal thing about it. This is one I often recommend.

    Kiko13 October 2021
  • Magic Piano

    This piano sounds magical to me. At first it doesn't sound like anything special, but the more I play it, the more I get lost in the sound. Its wonderful.

    Extraplanar Music13 October 2021
  • Light peaceful Piano

    It's pure, no too shiny, not too soft and it's a perfect for happy little melodies, nothing too sad. It's a very delicate piano without too much character that will be perfect with chamber strings

    Oathr12 October 2021
  • My Introduction to Piano Book

    This was the first instrument I downloaded after discovering Piano Book on YouTube. I played the patch during a jam session to great reactions. Amazing warmth and character

    Leon Price12 October 2021
  • Weirdly satisfying

    The microphone combination really gives the illusion of being inside the piano. It finds its place in the mix very well and has a close, soft sound to it.

    pottermoin12 October 2021
  • One of the best free felted pianos available

    I love the intimate sound of this piano. You really feel like your head is inside the piano. There is a real definition to the notes as well. It's not as characterful aka noisy as others available but I love it for sketching felted piano parts.

    CJ Thomas12 October 2021
  • One of the best free felted pianos available

    I love the intimate sound of this piano. You really feel like your head is inside the piano. There is a real definition to the notes as well. It's not as characterful aka noisy as others available but I love it for sketching felted piano parts.

    CJ Thomas12 October 2021
  • Soft and Lovely

    I love the close and intimate sound. I can almost smell the wood!

    Joshua Meltzer11 August 2021
  • Beautiful delicate sound

    A wonderful blend of playability and character.

    Liam MacLean10 August 2021
  • Help! my head is stuck!

    I have never put my head inside a piano, but this sounds and feels like it. Top notch samples!

    Fred Poirier06 August 2021