Sonva is the rough Cornish translation of ‘Sound’. It was used by my lecturers at Falmouth University to describe the intrinsic connection between place and music in regards to the student’s creative output. Creating music in such a small community led to a wide variety of new and exciting ideas- and the Steinway Model D used in this sample pack was my favourite instrument to use within the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts building.
Note: I only have dribs and drabs of information about the piano’s story, so the following might be completely incorrect.
I believe that the Piano originally belonged to Dartington College of Arts (founded 1961). The serial points to it being constructed c.1966, which would mirror when Dartington started to gain prominence in the world of arts education.
In 2008, the College controversially merged with Falmouth University- and in 2010 the AMATA building was finished. According to one of my lecturers, the central studio’s design was inspired by one of the studios at Dartington College. This is the same studio that the piano resides in today.
So, contextually, this piano transcends time and space in it’s attempts to recreate the sonic space at Dartington. In the same vein, through digital sampling, I have tried to recreate my personal sonic connection to that space…to Sonva.
Thanks to Aaron Newberry for Noise Reduction.
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My Search Is At An End
Really nicely recorded with GREAT dynamic range represented. I've been looking for years for a piano instrument that I like this much. Hard to put my finger on, but it feels more natural than many others to me, as if actually sitting at the keys in the hall. Ultra organic.
Warm, gentle textured piano library
It has a little felt-like piano sound. As a piano lover I download all the piano sound and try them. It has a very gentle and simple sound of piano. It does not have a clear edge sound, so I think it would be nice to use solo or also to mix with another piano sound.
Kinda noisy, has potential!
It's a very cute piano that has great potential. There are two mic positions included, Close and Ambient. I'd recommend you stick more to the close one, because while the ambient mic offers a great open sound, it introduces a lot of white noise. The tail of the samples are quite long but there are also some unwanted noises there too.
Characterful but a bit gritty
This piano is really characterful but has a kind of gritty sound im not that into. Its not that i dont like the way it sounds, i just dont think it would work for most of my projects. Its a bit noisy but nothing too bad. Its also cool that we have the ability to blend mics. I personally would like it to be more dynamic as well. Its definitely not my favorite but i think others will enjoy it. It could work pretty well as a rock and roll piano.