Isolation Collaboration

A Pianobook collaboration with hundreds of household object sampled by the community and combined to create a virtual instrument....

The story

On 31st March 2020, I challenged the Pianobook community to submit a note or sample, be it a household object, voice or instrument, to the hashtag #dkisolationcollaboration. I hoped for a couple of entries. Within a few days, there were 200 submissions! This library is the result of that effort.

This is the total combined instrument. There are two dynamic layers and two round robins per sample – each lasting 28 seconds! This library is intended to inspire and, due to its super long samples, chords have many minutes of unravelling notes and noises before repeating in the same way – something I find to be quite inspiring!

The sounds culminate in four sound worlds: Soft Burbles, Short Pulses, Weightless Atmospheres and Rough Edges. These sound worlds can be blended using the Exp knob (MIDI learned to CC1) and volume can be adjusted simultaneously using the Vol knob (MIDI learned to CC11).

For those of you creating your own versions, the samples have been designed to fade easily so no specific loop settings will be necessary to get your instruments up and running. In my version, I have stretched each sample down by 1 octave from the root note. If you do decide to make alternative versions, please do share them with me or via the Pianobook site for others to enjoy too!

I hope you love this library as much as I have enjoyed creating it! For more information, check out my walkthrough in the YouTube video below.



Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Rich pad with a dash of mod wheel randomness

    I really like the basic pad but the magic happens with the additional sound layers shared with Dan from the community. Great fun.

    Just Bob17 October 2021
  • Soothingly inspiring!

    A very smooth pad that features some "randomness" on it, based on the contributions of the Pianobook community. I didn't expect anything less from Dan, nor from the community. I got to say that I am not a huge fan of the Photosynthesis Engine. It has a lot of settings though so I can't complain that much. Thanks for this wonderful collaboration!

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021
  • Truly moving and beautiful sound

    The sound instantly made me teary. So beautiful, very delicate texture which is my favorite kind of sound. Dan is full of inspiration, genius of sound creation!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Sunlight Breaking Through The Clouds

    I found this library to be very beautiful with lots of lovely textures and lots of lovely little details that poke through as you are playing. I found it very ethereal sounding when playing chords, so I was drawn to make quite an ambient piece as a demo track. On top of an 8 bar chord pattern, I played lots of little embellishments with individual higher notes so that they come bursting through the lush chords. A the piece progresses it moves through the different layers using the expression control, which brings out more percussive and bell like tones. I really enjoyed using this library and I'm sure I'll continue to use it. The piece only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other than a touch of mastering.

    Stephen Caulfield13 October 2021
  • Lots of character

    With so many samples Dan obtained from the community, the risk would have been to create a mash of conflicting sounds. However, it was never in doubt that that would happen, as Dan's excellent processing created such a sweet, multi-layered cake of sounds that really complement each other and create a marvellous sonic world

    Marco Iannello13 October 2021
  • Really well thought out suite

    This suite of sounds was really well thought out. You can create multiple cues using just this library. Ambient soundscapes can be created within a few minutes. Enjoy!

    dafingaz13 October 2021