Max’s Bentley Upright

A 1950s Bentley upright piano. Sampled using 2x Coles and 2x 414 microphones. Three round robins. Two dynamic layers....

The story

After responding to an advert in the local post office offering a free piano, Max McGuire had the joy of taking home this 1950s Bentley upright piano. Max invited Christian to come sample the piano and so they set about recording it using a pair of Coles and a pair of 414 microphones, sampling with three round robins, two dynamic layers and recording in major triads. The following video follows the process of sampling the piano:



As a Christmas gift, Christian published his version of piano, with post production steps detailed in the following video. The version from Christian, plus some community contributions are available to download on this page.





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  • One of the best sampled Pianos in Pianobook

    This is a must-download for anyone who is looking to up their piano librariy. The quality of the sampling is top-notch and the piano is dynamic too - though the high velocity layers are very loud, so I suggest turning the patch volume down a bit to avoid any possible distortion. The lower velocity samples are very quiet too, but the actual dynamic layers are just two as mentioned in the description. The bonus fx patch lets you do some things such as adding fx or turning the release noises down, which is always welcome.

    Alex Raptakis19 October 2021
  • My Go-to Upright Piano For Writing

    I am really enjoying this library and find it very inspirational for improvising and writing new pieces of music - it has a really great character and atmosphere. Sometimes it feels like I only have to load up Max's Bentley and before I know it, another track pours out of me. I really love this piano! My two demo tracks only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other than a tiny bit of EQ and light mastering.

    Stephen Caulfield13 October 2021