I’ve had this toy piano since childhood, probably nearly 40 years by now. A lot of that time it’s been sat in my parents garage or attic. It’s seen better days: the wood is chipped, I’m sure it had legs and most keys are very loose. I decided to sample it to digitally preserve it, but also just to see if I could create a sample library myself. (I watched a few David Hilowitz videos, which are absolutely invaluable!)
The mic I used is a Tascam DR07x; and I recorded it in a tiled bathroom (mostly because it was the quietest room in the house). I used Waves’ X-Noise for noise reduction; and Sound Forge for editing.
The piano itself rings out quite nicely (it’s not really a piano, more like chimes) but I added a nice soft reverb and a control knob for it on the interface. I recorded 3 round robins for the piano and a handful of round robins for key noises upon release. I think it sounds both realistic and subtle (there’s a trend for lots of additional noises, but I didn’t want to do that). Just for fun, I pitch-shifted some notes to get a ‘grandfathers clock’ type sound; and also included a rattling sound effect for no other reason than I thought it sounded nice. All in all, there’s not a lot going on, but this is my first library and I wanted to keep it clean and simple. I will start thinking about a v2! There are quite a few similar libraries out there, including some here on PianoBook; but this one’s mine and I hope you enjoy it.
Little Red Piano (Demo 1)
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A very good toy piano, with extras!
This is a very nicely sampled toy piano, with perfect sampling, and unlike other toy pianos, this goes up to 3 full octaves with 3 round robbins! Overall, it has a nice resonance, with a clicky toy-piano sound that has this characteristic metallic attack. It comes with release triggers, some extra mechanical sounds, and there is an extra 2-octave section on the bottom that features a heavier and filtered bassy sound.
It's a very well-made instrument for a first try, great job!
Little sneaky toy piano
I did several tracks on this sample library. The playful and sneaky tones of the sample really suit the title and the mood of the particular genre.
The key noise really makes the sample become unique and natural in a special way. Well done
I did not know you could make a toy like this sound so good
I feel like the title says it all. The sound is surprisingly great compared to what the original instrument was.