Palm Muted Upright

A Samick upright piano muted by hand....

The story

A good while back, my band was recording in the studio, and I spent some off time toying around with a piano that sat there with its panels off, muting the strings with my hand as I was playing the keys. It produced this percussive, sort of dreamy sound that I developed a deep fascination for, which has been with me ever since.

The Pianobook project eventually got me inspired to go out and make a sample library of my own, so that I could have these sounds available on hand whenever I wanted them. I brought my laptop, my audio interface and a pair of large diaphragm microphones to my university’s music department and went through all the rehearsal rooms looking for a quiet place with a nice sounding Piano.

I settled for a room down in the basement section with minimal ventilation noise and with a really decent sounding Samick upright piano, where I spent the evening sampling it. Since the Pianobook project was largely what gave me the inspiration and knowledge to go through with this little project, I figured it was only appropriate to submit it to the project and share it with the community.

As I myself only have the means to create patches with the Ableton Sampler, an Ableton Instrument Rack is the only format in which I could provide an instrument patch for. Hopefully some kind souls eventually will have the time and means to provide ESX24 and Kontakt patches as well.

2019/04/21 – Update for version 2.0:

This version of the library also includes a Kontakt version of the instrument. Huge thanks to Clay LaHatte for providing this.


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  • A characterful muted piano, but slightly flawed..

    This kind of thing works brilliantly through some delay FX. But does have a great sound by itself. The recording quality however isn't great and the samples are quite noisy and crackly.

    R.Treves20 October 2021
  • Cool character doomed by unwanted noises...

    While this has a very interesting character, the samples leave a tail of some textured noises if you hold them for long. You will more likely find some weird cracky clicks on the mid-low register, especially if you go harder there. The Palm-Muted-Upright.png image is missing from the folder. It can be found in the DecentSampler pack but it's an oversized .jpg instead. Unfortunately there are too many issues to really bother with this one...

    Alex Raptakis19 October 2021
  • Inspiring piano that's not piano-like

    I love experimenting with preparing pianos in various ways, so this instrument is right up my alley! It's instantly playable, well recorded, and highly inspirational. Yes, there's a png file missing so the GUI doesn't work. It doesn't really matter to me. This is one of my favorites on PB, and it stands out enough in my memory that I wanted to go back and find it. It's one of the gems on the site, IMHO.

    Sam Ecoff15 October 2021
  • Dynamic muted harpish sound

    Really cool sound and I love the addition of Reverb and especially Harmony try -12. Sadly the GUI may be missing some elements... EQ knob? Image?

    Boag110 October 2021