The Gimp

A doomed John Broadwood upright piano recorded in Castlesound Studios.

The story

A John Broadwood upright from an age long past.

Originally made in Glasgow, we acquired it in Edinburgh.  Unloved, ill treated, and damaged beyond all repair, we did what any good musicians would do… and locked it up in a dusty old garage!

Once we felt it was ready, we released it from it’s cage and transported it to Castlesound Studios.  Here we pampered it with a glorious array of mics (U67’s, DPA 4006’s and an R88) and recorded a final, glorious swan song in sample form to forever immortalize a piano that was doomed from the moment we set our eyes upon it.

This is: The Gimp.

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  • the single best piano library i have ever used

    this sounds so realistic. the way the background noise stays for a little bit after the note's done, the ambience in the room, and the detuning of the piano, god it just sounds so satisfying. this is the only valid replacement for a piano i can find, and i commend you for this.

    kontakt is overpriced31 October 2021
  • A piano with personality

    This piano is very different from the standard pianos with a very unique sound and three microphones preset that allow you to fully customize the sound. Evry mic combination is capable to underline different characteristics of the piano. The overall sound is magnifically recorded, capturing every single detail, ambience and tuning. It's superbly balanced, with a gentle mid-range slope that makes the piano sits nicely in the mix.

    Julian Doe12 October 2021
  • Mic difference!

    After you unpack all the files, you will find 3 patches that each one represents a different microphone - and all three of those sound very different from each other!

    While personally I am not a fan of the DPA 4006, I absolutely love the R88, and the U67 comes really close. One mic has more noise than the other, the accents are different, the space feels different. I suggest you give this a try, play around for a while with each mic and decide for yourself.

    As aside note, you get a nice GUI with some options for you to play around, very similar to other patches by Christian.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Quiet and delicate textured piano

    Rather quiet, calm and delicate textured piano library. Ambient and tender sound would match quiet kind of music which is my favorite!

    Asuka Amane21 October 2021
  • Dripping with Character!

    This piano is simply dripping with character. Yes, it's out of tune and has issues, but that's kind of the point of this library. It's not a pristine piano. It's a piano at the end of its life. It's well recorded, and you get a variety of mic choices, which would have been more usable if they were all in the same instrument, but it's still workable the way it is. it's fun that this piano was preserved. This is sort of the perfect reason to sample something. This is a sound that you need from time to time, but you certainly don't want to commit the floor space nor the expense to having an instrument like this sitting around your studio or home. It's lovely that it is here for all of us to play when we need it.

    Sam Ecoff10 November 2021
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