Whale Piano

Family upright piano sampled through various effects for a dark, underwater, ambient sound.

The story

The Whale Piano’s origin is a simple upright piano that belongs to my family, which I have sampled a while back. It wasn’t a very great sounding sample instrument so I later decided as an experiment to resample it trough a broken spring reverb, guitar pedals and trough my Vox guitar amplifier in stereo.

It sounds as the name implies; big, underwater and slow. It is dark and distant and is most suitable for ambient and moody material, for virtuoso playing no so much. I have added a low and high pass filter to cut out some of the mud if desired and also added a simple attack knob to turn it in to a pad.

Reviews for Whale Piano

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  • A whale with a nice personality!

    This download was 1,7GB big, but the actual sample is around 300MB which is an example of bad file management.

    Anyway, the patch works fine and it has some interesting sounds inside. It's really not an actual piano though. There is just a piano leading smoothly leading the ambient sounds behind, which are can produce a nice soundscape.

    The GUI has some pretty clean aesthetics, and lets you play with just the attack, and there are also a high cut and low cut filter. It's a good one, and I personally like it with a high attack, acting like a smooth pad.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Deep and haunting piano based pad!

    This piano based pad is deep and haunting. it's full of mysterious and haunting character. It's just begging to become the bed on which you layer other elements. This library does a great job providing the underpinnings of tracks. it's worth noting that the library is mapped an octave higher on the keyboard than you might expect, though.

    Sam Ecoff13 November 2021
  • Ethereal but not that interesting for me.

    I like this best with the attack all the way up for a slow forming pad sound. It has a slight pulse and is warm and deep. With the attack up especially in the high end it kind of has a wah wah quality at the beginning of the note which i don't really like. The GUI is pretty nice. Theres nothing really wrong with this instrument and its a good instrument but with so many ambient pads on piano book i can only save ones that i really love or my folder will get too huge so i won't be saving this one but this is just my taste. I urge anyone reading to not take my word for it and try it out for themselves

    septemberwalk30 October 2021