The Lounge Piano

An intimate Kawai upright with felt on. 2 dynamic layers.

The story

We acquired this piano from a former coworker about three years ago.

It sits in our lounge and is played lovingly by anyone who wishes.

The piano is a Kawaii upright, not old, not brand new, somewhere in-between.

We mostly leave it with the middle pedal down, which brings a layer of felt between the hammer and the strings.

We sampled this piano with two velocities – quiet and medium-loud.

We hope you enjoy this piano.

Sampled, edited and Kontakt’ed by:

Ted Kocher, Anthony Caruso, Scott Bergstrom, Nick Mastroianni, Chris Rossetti and Tao-Ping Chen on March 26, 2019.

 

Reviews for The Lounge Piano

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  • Mellow but sharp

    This one has a pretty interesting sound that i really lime. It has a mellow, subdued and warm sound while also being plucky and bright too. Its kind the best of both worlds. Reading the description saying that its a kawai upright really makes sense because it reminds me of the Meyer Felt. It would be nice to have more dynamic layers and round robins but its not bad in that department. The tone and attack of this piano is really beautiful and i really love it for that.

    septemberwalk15 November 2021
  • Beautiful piano hidden in plain sight

    Firstly, I love it! It needed some love in Kontakt removing cross fades, fixing the range, playing with the level transitions, editing the levels to my own taste, some EQ work. This instrument is recorded nicely, the Kontakt build, I feel, was something overdone to its fault. The key ranges get quieter away from the root due to key range cross-fades. That being said, I was looking for this exact piano sound: subdued, dramatic, just the right amount of character. If you haven't done so, I'd love to hear a more detailed version of this instrument with the fixes mentioned above. Great stuff!

    akosszasz05 November 2021
  • Weighty bottom end with a lovely softness and personality at the top

    Certainly useful in more gentle scores. The low octaves have a brilliant weight to them while mid to upper octaves retain this lovely characterful olde sound with rather nice string harmonics in places.

    Boag111 October 2021
  • A weird piano sound not meant for everyone

    I am personally not a fan, but I can tell you it has some character into it. I don't really like the attack of it, since I find it very distracting and not that piano-like sound I am looking for. You might disagree, and please do so! It is very quiet though, so if you try to play a little louder you might start building up some white nose that I noticed when testing it.

    Alex Raptakis19 October 2021
  • A good felted piano with some playability issues

    This is an interesting felted piano sound. It's gentle, but some zones can get quite sharp and bright sounding. There's some really huge disparities in volume between a few of the zones at the higher dynamic layer. C5 is about what you'd expect volume-wise, but A4 all but disappears. F4 is louder than both of them, and D4 is softer than all four. It looks as though some attempts were made to balance out of various zones dynamically within Kontakt, but I think that more balancing works is needed because I don't feel like the instrument is very playable as it currently exists.

    Sam Ecoff20 November 2021