The Quietest Piano

A Winter upright piano played as quietly as possible...

The story

Hi there!

Stayed at my parents place a little bit ago which coincided with the recent purchase of a Zoom H6. It was probably around midnight or later when I decided I wanted to sample the Winter upright piano again (See: The Loud Piano, a library I’ve already shared which is in essence the opposite of this one).

Naturally, since everyone was asleep I thought it would be nice to try and capture a different side of the instrument from before (and not wake anyone up), so I came in as close as possible with the built-in mics from the H6 and played each note as quietly and consistently as I could muster – 3 times for the luxury of round-robins.

Normally I’m a massive stickler for good velocity mapping, however this instrument at its core aims to explore the very bottom depths of this instrument’s dynamic range… so I’ll let it slide this time.

The name is describing how the piano is aiming to sound, played as quietly as physically possible, rather than describe its “status” among other pianos.

Reviews

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  • Great But...

    This is a great sounding piano. But as said by others the background noise makes it unusable. Thats such a shame. With a little work I could probably loose the noise but truth is I would probably just pull up another piano instead. I will check out the loud piano though. If it has the same wonderful tone without the noise, it will really be something.

    Ray27 October 2021
  • GUI and nosie...

    Lots and lots of noise in the samples, probably since they were recorded as soft as possible. If you play more than two or three notes then it becomes almost louder than the instrument itself, which is a real shame because the underlying piano sound is superb. Without that noise it'd be one of my go-to pianos.

    Christopher26 October 2021
  • So quiet that noise takes over...

    It is very... VERY noisy, to the point that I can't really call it Lo-Fi. And ok, I understand it is supposed to be quiet, but the sampled dynamic is doesn't represent what I would have thoft as THE QUIETEST piano out there.

    Alex Raptakis21 October 2021
  • Not quiet, but nice piano

    It is not quiet, but it is such a powerful piano! It has some unique flavour and it is a lot of fun to play with.

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • Nothing short of exceptional

    The recording of this piano is noisy, but in a good way - however would have liked the option for a noise reduced version. Such an intimate and lofi sound which suits my style very much. Thank you for such a beautiful instrument!

    thomasgrant14 October 2021
  • A Lo-Fi friendship in a box

    Never edgy, never harsh. The tone that is full of wood, yet simple in nature, is in a close relationship with the noise from modern recording technologies. That results in what I'd call "a Lo-Fi friendship in a box".

    Ef Nerva13 October 2021
  • Well done

    Really enjoying this one. Thoughtful instrument and is inspiring to play. Thanks, Conner

    bob13 October 2021
  • So intimate, beautiful

    Gah, the quality of this instrument is just gorgeous! It doesn't really change in volume, but the muted tone just gives me lovely, warm, fuzzy feelings. I'm not sure what else to say, it knows what it's doing and does it extremely well.

    Murph Elyria12 October 2021