The Sneaky Piano

Prepared piano with many useful and surprising techniques.

The story

I sampled this piano super later one night at my university to help me underscore a cartoon. Each note is sneaky-staccato with a unique preparation.
Preparations ranged from simple stuff like blu tack under the hammers, to muting strings with my hand. The idea is each note is different and a little surprising!

Mix tip: Try degrading the sound with Izotope Vinyl or Klevgränd’s FreeAmp, before sending the signal into a medium room reverb…

Special thanks to Simon Dalzell from, who was kind enough to advice me throughout the process of writing the KSP script!

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  • Very fun and really different

    This is such a nice pokey bright prepared piano library that can be realy useful in a melodic context, especially when layering with other things. It's unpredictable and that's exactly why you should want it

    Conner13 October 2021
  • Simple but really well executed

    An obviously wonderfully recorded piano with the added pleasure of being a strikingly unique sampled instrument. This is treated piano with real personality plus close and far mic positions. Love it!

    Boag111 October 2021
  • Sneaky

    Are you prepared for this prepared piano to sneak up on you? This brilliantly simple and surprising library has a rich sound, a simple GUI and a bucket load of character. Of course, where the piano has been prepared some of the notes stick out more than others and the overall velocity control could be a bit smoother. But in reality that may actually take away from the quirkiness and sneakiness of this piano. Great stuff!

    R.Treves20 October 2021
  • Unique and very different but not very dynamic

    This piano is truly different from pretty much everything else on the PB website. It's a little different on every key, which under normal circumstances would make for a very poor piano indeed, but in this case, it just adds to the fun. Speaking of fun, I may or may not have put off doing the work I was actually supposed to be doing today after putting an arpeggiator on the same track as this library and jamming out. I admit to nothing. There is one big drawback to this library, and that is that it's not very responsive to dynamics. I'm not sure, but I don't think it responds to velocity. This is an easy enough edit in Kontakt, of course, but it kind of feels like a big oversight when everything else in this library is so fun! Speaking of so fun, I do like the film noir private eye who controls the reverb. He does indeed seem stealthy!

    Sam Ecoff17 November 2021
  • Sneaky Indeed

    While this personally wouldn't work in my music based on my taste and preferred sound palettes, i think this would work really great in a cartoon or similar situation. It has a kind of mischievous quality to it. Its very staccato and dramatic which would be great for these scenarios. Some notes seem to jump out more than others but this isn't supposed to be a relaxing and beautiful piano. I think it works really well for what it was made to do.

    septemberwalk14 November 2021
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