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Mum’s Accordion

By Phil Hartley

Here is a quick sample of My mum’s old 1926 Foreign Accordion which my nan bought her in 1953 second hand to learn at school, it has been in every studio I’ve had over the past 30 years and appeared on numerous recordings and sat gathering dust until uncovered again during lockdown and gave a massive injection of inspiration to a cue I’ve been working on for days and alas the melody required a D two semitones above what this little old dear was endowed with so Sampling it had to be done and I figured it could be my first offering to the Pianobook Community of which I’m a huge fan

I recorded the accordian with an S.E. Electronics Gemini II Tube Mic ( Front Mic) and a Warm Audio WA47 ( Rear Mic) into my SSL Six Preamps into Pro Tools

I sampled all 25 keys with two dynamic layers P and F plus release triggers of the clicky keys ( RT Vol) , no round Robbins on this one instead the lower P dynamic is long and low to full extension of the squeeze box and some of the notes were tailored to the part but it has a nice character to it
Finally I Chose one of the filters (Cutoff ) that sounded the most like the action of the accordion when playing solo, added a nice bit of reverb with the convolution.

I must say I love the Pianobook template for Kontakt

Hope you all enjoy

Phil Hartley

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  • A great instrument

    I did a search on accordion plugins this morning, expecting to pay up to 200 for something with good Kontakt implementation. I was surprised to find this for free, and it's exactly what I wanted. I quickly wrote a song with this instrument and I will write many others with it. This has a deep, resonant, characterful sound that is simply huge! Thanks, Phil.

    Mike Naglak06 March 2022
  • Thank you for offering us a great solution

    It's tough to justify buying an expensive accordion VI if you only need one once in a blue moon, so this was an amazing gift to the community. It sounds great and gets the job done! bravo

    Humans Win15 April 2022
  • Old but still strong !

    This instrument have a great bass harmonics that make it sound very large and powerful, the sound quality is good and feels authentic. I like it, it's immediately makes me think of some sailors going on the infinite ocean, singing good old songs about the kraken.

    Oathr12 October 2021
  • Nice Little Accordion. Stable sounds

    Not that many variants or controls are provided, but it's solid

    Mayonayze02 February 2024
  • Really good sounding accordion

    I really love the sound of this one, and I would love to have a DecentSampler version of it, would make it so much more accessible!

    Wolff Bergen24 January 2024
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