Christian Henson’s Reviews
My Fave Piano On Pianobook!
...and why do I say this. Well for me it embodies the spirit of pianobook. To be able to play Dan, playing this piano, in this space at this time. It is an immersive sonic photograph. The piano will only sound like this on this day. The number of times it has been played, who has played it, who hasn't, all the way back to it coming out of the factory and what the weather was like that day. What Dan has done is allow us to experience that. The recording is impeccable, and it is about as close as you'll get to being in the room, listening to Dan play on that piano, day and time. Congrats Dan, a classic. Vintage piano but not pub! Great if you want a natural "real" piano as you would find it in someone's house not a concert hall.
Takes You There
What I love about pianobook is being transported to other peoples homes, playing them playing their instrument. This is just one of those transporting packs. A piano is like a bottle of wine, it will sound different today compared to yesterday and will sound different tomorrow. Because its been played, because it hasn't been played, because its slightly warmer or wetter than yesterday or tomorrow. It bears the sonic fingerprints on all that have played her. A wonderful family sounding piano showing its age but like any fine vintage wine, a little age adds so much interest. Really playable, great sound, can hear the room, a piano that has fruity tuning but no way a pub piano!
Gives me the thrums.
For some reason the database can't find Dan when you search for him, best way is to "thrumming" into the search field as he's the only samplist to use this term. Thrumming refers to sporadicly played notes that create a murmuration of sound. If you love your samples to be unpredictable so they inform your compositions whilst still definitely playing your music then Thrumming Textures part of a series is for you. Beautifully played, recorded and executed an inspiration.
A Gem From A Pianobook Hero
Fred's work on creating EXS conversion to Decent Sampler techniques is such a gift to the community, and so is this amazing choir. Well worth reading the story behind this. I think how it turned out is staggering and a great tool if you're looking for beautiful voices that.... dare I say it... haven't been sung by virtuosos?
This One Will Andy Summers You Back To The 80's
I think this is astonishingly good for a totally 100% credible 1980s sound, which is all the rage at the moment. It's like being transported back in time.
Made Me Cry
This is just utterly delightful, the ache in Micah's voice is palpable. A truly inspiring masterpiece of a sample pack.
A Sneak Peak Of Something Sublime
I really amazing felt piano which I believed went on with added features to become Jon's first commercial release. Beautiful soft tones but a nice clean recording, so if you want a felt but a pure one without too many quirks this is worth downloading.
Lockdown Gift From Jon
What an incredible project, gorgeous family voices. With an interface that lets you alter the sound in real-time by generation! This is one of those sounds to bookmark for when you need a family singing on your productions or indeed drench with splosh for really scary haunted house vibes.
A true gift to the community with such a romantic back story. No wonder this became the first ever LABS collaboration. Perfect for neo classical Olafur Arnalds or Nils Frahm style wispy slow moving music. Use for your professional output but also as a nerve calming meditative device!
This is like nothing I've ever heard, stunningly recorded circular sounding bass bows.... Quite incredible. I imagine could be used with all the bass in but also an hp filter to give it a light whispy quality, just add splosh. First time I've loaded a sample and not felt the need to pitch it down 2 octaves, Sage is already down there!
An Amazing Gift For The Community
This is a fantastically generous offering from Marco. As always my star markings are based on my personal tastes. Its not totally my kind of vibe but I have no doubt some of you will really enjoy this very unique sounding chamber band if you're looking for an original sound. NB with attack fully down at zero you get a few little sparky clicks worth upping to 2.1ms.
Stranger Things Have Happened
Thanks so much for this concise but amazing preservation of something so rare and valuable. If you're wanting a stranger things, late seventies - '80s vibe then this is one to grab.