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!

Reviews for The Sneaky Piano

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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

    ConnerSamplist 13 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 EcoffSamplist 17 November 2021
  • Fun but very limited

    This is a very nice idea that is basically a piano that features a kind of wonky staccato playstyle no matter what you do. Some notes are off, some are muted, some are dead, some are misplaced. I was expecting to have a lower velocity feature which you can really create a piano to forte feeling, but unfortunately you are stuck with one somewhere in the middle. Keep in mind that the samples have quite a white noise in them. I got to say, I loved the reverb control idea in the GUI. It really got me some seconds to figure it out!

    Alex Raptakis20 October 2021
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