Pitched Electric Celeste

The ultra rare Fender Rhodes Electric Celeste beguilingly pitch shifted...

  • Decent Sampler

The Gaffer

What did my piano ever do to deserve this???...

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Lyra Sextet Swarm

A 48 oscillator swarm created from a sextet of Lyras...

  • EXS24

Spanky Loops Vol.1

Circuit Bent Self Generating Modular Spankies!...

  • Kontakt

Meris Verbs For LABS Soft Piano

The perfect accompaniment to LABS soft piano...

  • Kontakt

The ‘Cool’ Piano

The Claustrophobic Piano processed through pedals and tapes...

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

12 Oscillator Doom Drone

Feel the doom from the Colossus synth made by Analogue Solutions...

  • Kontakt

Claustrophobic Piano

As close as you can get to being inside a Schimmel piano...

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Native Flute & Ebows

A Native American flute paired with an ebowed Piano ...

  • Kontakt

Family Grand

A family grand piano recorded in stereo and binaural formats...

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt
  • SFZ

Tunnel Voices

Voice and dripping tunnel sounds, best played low....

  • Kontakt

Tunnel Bodhran

A Bodhran recorded in a dark and dank tunnel in Edinburgh....

  • Kontakt

Autumn Piano

Christian's Schimmel sampled with different materials and different effects to make the ultimate layered piano....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt
  • SFZ

Flannel Piano

A Broadwood & Sons upright piano, in it's final hours, felted with flannels...

  • Kontakt

The Gimp

A doomed John Broadwood upright piano recorded in Castlesound Studios....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

The Hebridean Knight

Bold, stately, and dignified....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Summer Felt

The Schimmel we all know and love, this time, with felt!...

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Summer Piano

A beautiful Summer-y take on the Shimmel we all know and love from the shed....

  • Kontakt

Palm Muted Schimmel

Christian's Schimmel: palm muted....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Systems Grand

Christian's Steinway sampled in a systems style for Pianoday 2020....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Tape Delay Experiment

Christian's Schimmel run through a multitude of effects....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Max’s Bentley Upright

A 1950s Bentley upright piano. Sampled using 2x Coles and 2x 414 microphones. Three round robins. Two dynamic layers....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Tracked Piano

Christian's piano sampled as a "lead vocal"....

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24
  • Kontakt

The 9000ft Piano

Yamaha baby grand recorded by Christian in Colorado....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt
  • SFZ

Shure Piano Tracked

Christian's piano sampled with a Shure SM57....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Fuckbox Samples

Before the Frankensynth there was the Fuckbox! Here are a set of samples build by morphing various sounds through all manner of pedal loveliness. See the following film for more detail....

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24

Air Piano

A Yamaha U3 sampled at the hall in Air studios by Spitfire Audio....

  • Decent Sampler
  • Kontakt

Spring Piano

Christian's Schimmel upright with three mic sets...

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24
  • Kontakt
  • SFZ

Ice Choir

The sound of a frozen Scottish Loch....

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24
  • Kontakt

“MVP” Prototype

Christian's piano sampled. Helped by Kate....

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24
  • Kontakt

Winter Felt Piano Prototype

Felt version of the Winter Piano using Christian's Schimmel...

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24
  • Kontakt

Winter Piano

A wintery version of Christian's famous LABS piano ...

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24
  • Kontakt

Dead Line Samples

Halloween themed samples!...

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24

Antique

Mind the owls....

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24
  • Kontakt

Triple Felt Experiment

Felt Felt Felt....

  • Decent Sampler
  • EXS24

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.

    The King’s Upright13 October 2021
  • 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!

    Weber Baby Grand Piano12 October 2021
  • 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?

    The Discord Choir12 October 2021
  • 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.

    Ibanez Dreams12 October 2021
  • Made Me Cry

    This is just utterly delightful, the ache in Micah's voice is palpable. A truly inspiring masterpiece of a sample pack.

    Micah’s Choir12 October 2021
  • 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.

    Kawai Felt Piano12 October 2021
  • 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.

    The Meyer Choir12 October 2021
  • Simply Sublime

    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!

    Flute+Violin12 October 2021
  • Beguiling Inspiration

    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!

    Harmonic Flights11 October 2021
  • 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.

    EMS VCS411 October 2021