The story

I’d have to say I think it was Mr. Henson himself and the entire PianoBook community as a whole that inspired me to take this avenue with sampling over the last few months or so. Ever since I brought it home and I removed the lid to wash it for the first time and heard that ringing/resonance I knew that I had to attempt to capture that sound. It doesn’t have an extraordinary sound or even rare, but it is beautiful when played well. On a side note I do have a lot of sampled instruments ready to upload and I cannot wait to share more. This is the only ‘found sound’ one. The rest are all synths/pads etc. Graphics for the GUI and promo video were are all rendered, simulated, and edited by me. I’m a 3d artist on the side.

Pie Dish - Basic Demo


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  • Wet Mallets

    The best way I can describe this is a marimba, halfway underwater but still in a cave? Very percussive with no attack, but you can quickly turn it into an almost glass armonica.

    I think this works best above C1 for musical stuff. The low end gets a little funky. But the mid to high is pleasant.

    Minirehak21224 May 2022
  • Watery chimes

    I like the sound of this a lot. Very percussive, quite like a wet hollow marimba.

    Not quite what I expected, but in a good way. I had visions of it being quite percussive, but it sounds smooth and would be good to add a bit of mystery to a track.


    clockland24 May 2022
  • A very reverberant mallet

    This is a very simple instrument that features a sound very similar of a xylophone, especially on the higher register. By default there is a lot of reverb going on, even with the Rev knob all the way down. This can be controlled, to a certain extent, by decreasing the release setting.

    The bigger issue is on the lower register, as there are some bouncing frequencies that create intonation issues, making hard to understand if you are on the right note. The longer the reverb, the less prominent the pitch gets.

    It's not a bad instrument though! It is well made, it's on DecentSampler, which means completely for free, and I found it slightly more unique than others because of the attack and release settings. You can play around to make some more shimmery sounds, and I found that cool for sure.

    Alex Raptakis24 January 2022