Little Red Toy Piano

A wonderful toy piano from grandma's attic. Recorded with two velocity layers and five round robins.

The story

One day I found a little red toy piano in the attic of my grandmas house. I played on it almost every time when I visited her, because there weren’t many other things to do. And now, five or six years later I sampled it to maybe make music with it at home. I placed the mic very near the instrument to get all those beautiful sounds from the keys, and recorded every note 5 times to make round robins, and in two different velocities. I made knobs in the performance view to control reverb, delay, cutoff, saturation, attack and the volume of the releases.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Reviews for Little Red Toy Piano

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  • Well sampled toy piano

    This is a lovely morsel of childhood sound, masterfully recorded in exquisite detail. The delay multiplies the tone into a maze of mysterious echoes without overwhelming the senses while the lovely main tone playfully pings about. Equally at home in underscores for the abduction of children and creepy demonic possession of the young, it also works great in happy-go-lucky children's music. So well done!

    Sam Ecoff08 November 2021
  • Super fun toy piano

    This is pretty much what a standard toy piano library should sound like in my head. It sounds a little too "perfect" to my ears, but aesthetically that's a very useful tool to have in your production / compositional arsenal. The formant / body of this instrument is surprisingly prominent in the sampleset and that gives it a nice bit of character to stick out in the middle of a mix without being aggressive or touchy. My biggest critique is that while it feels correct / akin to sort of how a midi instrument should trigger, it has a little bit of a step into the uncanny valley to me as a performer because sort of the throw / weight in timing of the keys is lightning quick and on point. I've started to occasionally collect and pass on these instruments in both real life and in the sampling domain and something I've grown to value more in the real deal is the difficulty and inconsistency to play most of the ones you encounter as they've gone through generational rigors of children or cheap quality control processes, this instrument isn't as much of a toy to me as it is a great tool.

    Conner09 November 2021
  • Awesome Noise and character

    This one has so much going on in terms of mechanical noise and artifacts which makes it so organic and interesting. Just what im looking for in toy pianos. I really appreciate how many round robins there are but although you say theyre are two dymnamic layers, im left wanting more because it doesn't feel very dynamic. The GUI offers some nice effects. I always love experimenting with delay on instruments with mechanical noise because that gets delayed too along with the actual note which makes a really interesting sound. Good job on this one

    septemberwalk11 November 2021
  • Another cute little toy piano

    This is another toy piano that you will probably like. Everything happens between two octaves, and there are no dynamics, but it sounds good. There is a nice GUI which will over you a few options along with Verb and Delay.

    QUESTION THOUGH: Why is the name of the instrument Little RED Toy Piano, but the wallpaper is black and white? smh.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021