The story

There is strength in numbers. This instrument is the result of an experiment: layering 14 Pianobook bells and mallets sample packs together. The qualities of each sample pack are stacking up to create a new kind of “super” instrument.

To improve the playability and make it feel like a real group of players performing their instrument in the same room, a couple of tricks were used:- Instruments were panned across the stereo field,- Velocity was linked to volume, in order to have less instruments playing at low velocity to create a gradual set of velocity layers,- A bit of random delay latency for every track, to get a loose “humans playing together” sensation,- A bit of compression, a bit of EQ, a bit of room impulse reverb, just to glue everything together, it is more about feeling it than hearing it.

After a lot of trials and errors to get the right balance between all these parameters, 6 instruments were created:01 Ensemble,02 Half Section Soft: Only the mellow and soft instruments,03 Half Section Bright: Only the sharpest and brightest instruments,04 Blooming: half of the instruments playing randomly the note and the note one octave up,05 Rainfall: all the instruments playing randomly the note, more crowded,06 Spring Pads: 6 pad signals created with samples from the previous patches.

Due to the collaborative nature of this project, this sample pack is published on the official Pianobook account, so if you download and enjoy this instrument please consider a donation to our fundraiser: 

Available for Kontakt 6.7+ and DecentSampler.

Original idea and DecentSampler version: Frédéric PoirierKontakt version developer: Owen Bolig

Using samples from: Dan Keen – Frozen Glock, Conner Sawchuk – Vintage Alto Metallophone, Fred Poirier – Hole Saw, Jon Meyer – Wind Chimes, Stephen Tallamy – Chilly’s Bottle, Tim Steemson – I Love Lamp, Florian Hirschmann – Lamp, Harriet Jones – Mini Tongue Drum, Liam MacLean – Tongue Drum, Richard Laws – Jen-Co Vibes, Jon Meyer – Gentle Vibes, Andrew Finch – Yamaha Glockenspiel, Terry Frost – Bells, Sam Ecoff – Orff Chimes.

Spring Chimes - A Free "Super" Instrument


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  • A great instrument for a good cause

    Frédéric is a good man for creating this lovely instrument. I am honored to have gotten the chance to work on this project. This library allows users the ability to utilize samples recorded by the many superstars of this immensely talented community. Check out the music demos to hear the beautiful tranquility of Spring Chimes. Please donate to the Pianobook-Ukraine fundraiser.

    Owen BoligSamplist 29 March 2022
  • One of the best instruments

    This library is really perfection. 14 different samples were used to create one super instrument and all of the layers blend wonderfully together. Hitting the keys harder brings in more of the layers, which makes it really responsive to play. You also get two half sections with a brighter and softer sound. But that is not all, the Blooming, Rainfall, and Spring Pads patches are simply gorgeous and deliver exactly the beautiful sounds you would imagine from these names. I can't praise this library enough. Highly recommended!

    AndromedaX823 September 2022
  • Wonderful chimes

    Thank you Frédéric for creating this beautiful library. It is wonderful, it is inspiring, and it is very well executed at a technical level. The work put in, all the little details, it is all there. Big thank you Fred, this library is outstanding!

    George Mihaileanu05 April 2022
  • Peak inspiration, peak quality, peak everything!

    This is a phenomenal instrument that is a result of a collaboration for a greater cause. It is top quality material, proof that when a community comes together, amazing things can happen. Extraordinary work by everyone, managing to achieve the perfect result, and all that, offered absolutely for free even in DecentSampler. Cheers!

    Alex Raptakis04 April 2022
  • Greater than the sum of its parts

    Fred was kind enough to give me a sneak peak of this instrument before its release on the PB website as one of my instruments was included. I have already used it in two tracks. All of the libraries included in this super instrument are great on their own, but Fred has created something truly inspiring here. The result is an instrument which is greater than the sum of its parts. Instantly playable, super usable and completely inspiring, this library is brimming with greatness. I'm so honored to have been included, and I'm so proud of the amazing things which are coming out of the Piano Book community. Fantastic work, Fred!

    Sam EcoffSamplist 05 April 2022
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