Practice Room Piano

A Yamaha upright piano from the dorm practice rooms at Berklee College of Music...

The story

| go to Berklee College of Music and was recently assigned some homework to
sample any instrument in Kontakt. I’ve been a big fan of Pianobook since | first saw
it advertised by Christian, so | Knew | wanted to sample a piano and submit it here.
| sampled a Yamaha upright piano in the practice rooms in my dorm building, both
with the felt pedal and without. This is my first sample instrument, so | really spent
time learning how to use Kontakt and implement everything | wanted to. | recorded
with a Zoom Hin and an iPhone, because | love the lo-fi blend they can produce.

I’m really happy with how it came out, hope you enjoy!


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Lo-Fi with some

    While it is indeed Lo-Fi due to the bunch of noise that comes with it, I'd personally like a more clean sound by default, with the added option to have noise on top - or just have noise running through the entire patch so you don't have empty spots if you stop playing. I'm also not sure why this is called "Practice Room" piano - since I thought it would be a very plain piano sound that you can quickly load up and practice. That's not true though because the main characteristic is that it comes with a nice Reverb and Delay effects, which you can't control too much but they can create an interesting sound. I'm not sure if this next thing was intentional, but I noticed that once you play staccato, the other build up noises just stop immediately, while if you play smoothly, they go on with you. This makes it very interesting as the staccato creates a very sudden feeling which can be used very creatively. The felt patch seems very low-heavy for my tastes, but it's always welcome to have more options for the user.

    Alex Raptakis21 October 2021
  • Hope you got full marks for this

    These are two lovely piano sample instruments, and it's really cool to hear about the classes at Berklee, as a student at CalArts. The LoFi quality definitely came through, although others should note that this instrument uses C4 as middle C not C3. That's not really a deal breaker in any sense, and I can't wait to see more from you, as this was an amazing sampling job for a first attempt.

    Murph Elyria12 October 2021