Modartt has announced Toy Piano, a new instrument library for Pianoteq based on a Michelsonne “piano miniature”.
Often encountered as a child’s toy, toy pianos are usually no more than 50 cm (20 inches) in width, and made out of wood or plastic. The sound is produced by small hammers striking metal rods.
Its unique timbre resembles more the celesta or the glockenspiel than the piano. This unusual sound has been somewhat of a key appeal to many composers and performers through the centuries, who used the toy piano as a real musical instrument. The Pianoteq virtual copy is modelled after a two-octave Michelsonne toy piano and is extended to four octaves.
The Toy Piano is included in the Celeste instrument pack, available for purchase for 49 EUR. Requires the latest Pianoteq update 5.1.3.
More information: Pianoteq / Toy Piano
Loopmasters has launched Robotica, a sample pack featuring a collection of twisted and abused electronic talking toys by extreme samplist MIDI Error.
Mr Error is back to his old tricks tormenting innocent inanimate objects, this time armed with a PZ2 insulated screwdriver and a wet finger he has managed to coax strange garbled electronic noises and words from a collection of dusty electronic toys and games for your listening pleasure.
Every sound in this collection has come from genuinely abused toys mic-ed and hardwired to a chain of devastating audio effects including Bitcrushers, Watkins Tape Delay, Mooger Fooger Pedals and then plumbed into a vintage Reel to Reel tape machine for some warm Analog saturation.
During the last moments of their inevitable death and whilst under heavy interrogation these battery operated kid’s companions spat out their entire vocal range and then some, luckily our sample hero was there to capture it all to tape.
The sample pack is available for purchase for £19.95 GBP.
More information: Loopmasters / Robotica
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.
- 550Mb installed.
The library is available for purchase for $35 USD.
More information: HeadlessBuddha Samples / Grandpa Toy Piano
Rattly And Raw has announced The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends, a toy piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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.
- Lofi/fx controls.
- 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.
More information: Rattly And Raw / Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends
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.
More information: Ueberschall / Wonky Toys
More posts that match this tag
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 … read more
Luxonix has announced the release of Toys in Wonderland, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt. TIW plays various sounds by toy sound samples. Meet up amazing sound by unprecedented especial toy samples. TIW is … read more
Ivory Bunker has released Samplepack 1: Circuit Bent Toyphone, a free collection of samples. This samplepack contains 123 samples recorded from a Cicuit Bent Turkish Toyphone. It has three subfolders containing a) sounds from the … read more
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 … read more
Sampleism has launched ToyBoy by Pluggotic, a rompler based on four sampled toy-keyboards with distinct sonics and soundsets. 64 PCM instruments can be played, and edited through two twin layers with multimode filtering, envelopes, retriggered … read more
HISS and a ROAR has released a free 247MB package of 24 bit 96kHz stereo sounds. First is a brand new but redundant VHS video deck someone gave me which I promptly pulled to pieces … read more
Audio Geek Zine has released Pink Piano, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt. The Pink Piano is made from a First Act brand “Grand Piano” I found at a thrift store. It’s made … read more
Sebastian Tomczak of little-scale has released Circuit Bent Duck, a free collection of samples featuring sounds of a circuit bent toy. Fifty tasty samples of a circuit bent duck, recorded directly from a modified children’s … read more
iZotope has announced the release of the Toys sound library for exclusive use with Iris, iZotope’s groundbreaking visual instrument. This entertaining and surprise-packed Sound Library plays on childhood nostalgia, evoking emotions ranging from joyful happiness … read more
Puremagnetik is offering its Glitch, Toy & LoFi Bundle of sample packs at a great discount for a limited time. This week only, get all of Puremagnetik’s glitchy, chippy, 8-bit computer and toy sounds for … read more
Outbound link: Puremagnetik
– Related: Ableton
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on Sep 06, 2012 - 0 comments
Eric Beam has recently released three sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt and IK Multimedia SampleTank. Eric Beam has sampled a vintage ARP Axxe monophonic analog synthesizer. Eric Beam Samples ARP Oscillator Vintage ARP oscillator … read more
UVI has announced a summer deal for its Toy Collection sample libraries. Until July 15th, UVI offers up to 40% off all UVI toys collections. Download only. UVI Summer Deal Complete Toy Museum features tons … read more
Bedroom Producers Blog has released the Yamaha DD-10 Toy Drum Machine Sessions, a free sample pack featuring all 25 drum sounds of the original DD-10 drum machine. For all you toy instrument aficionados out there, … read more
UVI has announced a limited time promotion for its Complete Toy Museum sound library bundle. Due to popular demand, here again a 50% off on Complete Toy Museum. During 10 days, from April 17th to … read more
Audio Geek Zine has released AGZFX03: Hell Piano, a Kontakt sample library featuring the sounds of a circuit-bent electronic toy piano. This sample library contains the sounds of a circuitbent FisherPrice 3810 electronic toy piano … read more