HeadlessBuddha Samples has launched Grandpa Toy Piano, a toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
It’s not perfectly tuned, it’s a worn and aged little piano, it’s got a lot of character, it makes some noise when we release some keys, and it’s beautiful.
Obviously we at HeadlessBuddha Samples sampled this 60’s toy through some worn cassette tape but this time we wanted to capture more subtleties and details than we usually do, so we spent a lot of time and energy on it. I think it’s our best Kontakt instrument to date and we’re very proud to present it to you.
Grandpa Toy Piano features
7 velocity layers and 2 round robins per note plus release samples.
1 Kontakt instrument.
44.1kHz/24 bit .wav format.
All recorded through cassette tape.
A set of 18 custom impulse responses.
The library is available for purchase for $35 USD.
Toy pianos are usually limited to being a great little additional tinkly instrument, but with usually only a few keys, a simple additional colour at best!
Not for Rattly And Raw…
We were not going to be put off by the annoyingly small key range of real toy pianos! We loved the sound and wanted to expand the tiny key-range of this childish characterful sound into, well, a huge key-range of childish characterful sound.
So we did…
Two massive 5 octave toy pianos constructed from genuine toy piano recordings, loose tines, prepared piano recordings, celeste recordings, multiple mic positions, convolution based body resonance and lots of tweaking.
The Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends features
Two multisampled FIVE OCTAVE toy piano instruments.
Controls to mix between different mic options and layers.
2 custom made convolution reverbs.
Velocity manager (super useful for dialling in performance data).
2 multisampled concert celestes with loads of controls and options.
4 other bonus instruments including two toy pianos, a set of suspended tines and a basic prepared piano.
Over 3GB of samples (uncompressed).
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £20 GBP.
Ueberschall has launched Wonky Toys, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring a collection of off-kilter sounds for unstable tunes.
The Elastik Inspire series brings you Wonky Toys, a sound collection that captures the character and mood of sub-genres such as wonkystep, streetbass, aquacrunk or purple sound. Wonky Toys includes drum and percussion loops to give you a complex, and sometimes unusual, rhythmic feel in a meld of hip hop and dubstep influences
Pre-mixed loops and single track drum recordings as well as additional drum mixes processed for a lo-fi and dirty sound will get you started while you can build your track with a range of dark and disturbed instrument loops and sound FX. Instruments include synth-based basses, chords, leads, arps, pads and FX while there are also more conventional instruments such as guitars, brass and strings to colour your sound. A series of sound FX, processed vocal samples, a huge variety of percussion and 8-bit sounds round out the collection giving you all you need to start your next wonky cut.
This 1.14 GB-Library does not contain conventional construction kits. Rather, Wonky Toys is a pool of ideas consisting of 445 loops to be freely combined. So to speak, this library is a single huge construction kit.
The sample library is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Haunted Piano, a virtual toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Haunted Piano is created from multiple samples of two toy pianos which between them span a full three octave range. We sampled them at midnight, by candlelight, when the moon was full (and at 24-bit, natch). Using three velocity layers and two round robin sets, we created an eminently playable and responsive virtual toy piano, which can sound just as clunky and naive as the originals.
But then we went a bit further down the spookiness path, pushing the sound of the virtual instrument into sound-design territory. The samples can be reversed with the click of a button, to give eery builds and surprise tones, or to recall those “backwards masking” moments so favoured by demonic rock bands. They can also be force-transposed down by three octaves for groaning, bottom-of-the-sea, sepulchral noises and cavernous drones; or pitched up two octaves for tiny, sparkling fairy-bell sounds that glitter and gleam.
Haunted Piano features
A toy piano with several unsettling differences.
3 octaves of chromatic multi samples, plus extras: 580 samples in total.
Truly expressive: three velocity layers and twin round-robin sets for natural variation of the sound.
50 switchable randomised key-off samples.
75 effects samples of noises, thumps, bumps, crashes and squeaks.
Reverse samples and groaning sub-transposition at the touch of a button.
The Haunted Piano library costs £9.95 GBP. Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later full version.
This samplepack contains 123 samples recorded from a Cicuit Bent Turkish Toyphone.
It has three subfolders containing a) sounds from the Toyphone before bending, (including the numbers from 0-9 in Turkish)*, b) unprocessed Circuit Bent sounds and c) a selection of sounds created with the Toyphone and a Kaoss Pad quad.
*handy if you’ve always wanted to do that Turkish cover of Kraftwerk’s ‘Numbers’
Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of EK470 Mark2, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The EK470 mark2 is a lucky bag. Although its sound source is a low-cost, garbage toy keyboard for just 25 EUR, all the sounds are incredibly warm and charming. You can lose yourself just playing along this analog sounds, being inspired by its character and possibilities. Beside that, the graphical interface is also worth mentioned which make you turn knobs and switch buttons.
The structure of EK470 mark2 is based on 2 simultaneous sound slots, each can be feeded with every of the 24 sounds and has separate volume and pan knob. Beside that, the first slot provides an additional -12 to 12 semitones pitch knob. We selected the best 24 sound patches out of 99 available patches the original
keyboard provides. We recorded every third minor note, looped the sound and processed it if needed.
EK470 Mark2 features
One complex Kontakt patch with 24 single sounds available twice (2 sound slots).
18 programmed patches, covering a range of pianos, pads, organs and fx-sounds.
Includes various parameters to shape the sound:
3 EQ´s called „RADIO”, „A.FLT” and „HIFI”.
Rotary- , cabinet- and distortion-fx.
Reverb and delay.
2 different volume envelopes, called „PAD” and „SQR”.
„RND” function sets all(!) parameter and sound selections by random.
Bonus: Includes previous instrument version “Super Sound EK 470″.
The sample library is available to purchase for 28 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 full version.