This upright piano belongs to my mother who wanted to learn the piano when she was a kid but gave up really quickly.
It has been at my parent’s house for almost 30 years and has never been tuned since.
2 years ago, I started to develop sample libraries and always wanted to record this unstable beauty one day.
3 weeks ago, I gave it a shot and here is result.
I used a pair of Neumann KM184 and put a blanket between the strings and the hammers for a very gentle sound. 3 dynamics layers have been recorded as well as release triggers and pedal noises. Play C#-2 and you’ll see there’s also a silent room recording for an extra realism when mixing.
To add interest to the sound, I also decided to create 2 more layers for blending with the piano one.
The first one is the piano recording processed in Logic and played back thru a Tascam Portastudio 414 MKII and driven thru a Boss KM60 mixer. The second one holds a special place in my heart because it is the first instrument I bought when I decided to create my company. It is a cheap Chord Organ from Lorenzo. It is very noisy when powered on but is so beautiful when used as a pad with lots of reverb.
I hope you will like this instrument as much as I like creating it
Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!
Some lovely textures
First word that came into my head upon first playing this pack: "plonky". Favourite chord to play with this pack: Eb Major. There are some nice elements with this pack, including an intimate sound and some bonus pads and other layers to give more character. I think this pack needed one more dynamic layer down at the lower end of the dynamics. It's also a shame about the buzzes between C1 and C2. Whilst this gives the piano some character, it does stand out too much and can be distracting.
Very unique piano that brings out ideas you wouldn't previously have
This might be my favorite piano library on Pianobook. I hadn't thought of blending samples in this way before, so it really opened me up to that. I find that I can load up this library and feel pretty confident that I'll find ideas that I like. I will say that it may not be for everyone, since it's not exactly just your dry piano sound, but it fits perfectly for me
The lower notes in this sample are excellent, the layers work of each other very well! if you need a solo piano with an edge then Midnight Piano is the one.
Nice soft piano with a little extra
I really really like the addition of the low octave on this. And it pairs well with the natural character of the piano. My only two issues: 1: I'm not a fan of the scratchy, wirey attack sound. It's on a lot of sample sets – especially soft pianos – so I think some like it, but I find it distracting. Plus in this instrument the attack panned, right for high notes, left for low ones. 2: The GUI is lovely looking but it's not super intuitive, so it takes some time to experiment and figure it out.