This is my first attempt of sampling a piano. I wanted to make a vintage feeling piano with a lot of character and warmth. In “Studio 1” of University Of Music in Örebro, Sweden, we have a very nice sounding upright piano. many songs hav been recorded on this piano, and I like it very much. I recorded this piano with two ribbon mics, Royer Labs R-121. I chose these mics because of their warmth and their “noisy” vibe.
This instrument works with the FULL version of Kontakt 6.
*Updated 08/03/22 – Now with noise-reduced samples and some extra features.
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A piano not to be missed!
This has a wonderfully inviting sound to it with a beautiful mid range. Pianobook isn't really about having a tonne of dynamic layers and Round robins. But in this case another dynamic layer would have made this one of the best pianos on the site. When I get some free time, I may see if I can program the lower dynamic to begin quieter to give it a bit more range. Most likely by using the modulator tools within Kontakt. Otherwise, amazing work! I really love this library!
A lovely first sample instrument
This instrument doesn't have much else going on with it, it's very much just a piano, and I like that. It sounds like there is only 1 layer of dynamics that makes up the instrument, so if you're aiming to have a very straight middle of the road sound, this is a good way to go. I'd use this in place of a traditional midi piano sound, but this isn't really meant for sounding like a live recording, which given its a first attempt, makes sense. It is definitely going in the right direction, and I'd be curious to hear this resampled in a couple years once you have gotten more experience sampling under your belt.
Good first attempt, keep going
While i commend you for your first attempt the two issues that are previously mentioned make this pretty unusable for me. Firstly there is only one dynamic layer which makes it pretty unrealistic and hard to add emotion into playing. and two the noise buildup is a lot. unlike some other more dirty loft pianos i dont feel like the noise adds to the character here. Still great first attempt.
Makings of a great instrument...
The sound and tone of the instrument are super cool and have a nice sound. All it needs is a little cleaning up to reduce the noise in the background and I'd make this one of my standard instruments.
Suffers from low dynamics and heavy noise
There is not much to say, other than it has a nice sound but the sampling job and lack of detail doesn't do it justice, since there is a hella lot of noise that builds up extremely quickly even without using the sustain pedal. The dynamics are not that great either, and there is no control over anything since there is no GUI.