Modartt releases Toy Piano for Pianoteq

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Modartt has announced Toy Piano, a new instrument library for Pianoteq based on a Michelsonne “piano miniature”.

Pianteq Toy Piano

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 releases Robotica sample pack

Loopmasters has launched Robotica, a sample pack featuring a collection of twisted and abused electronic talking toys by extreme samplist MIDI Error.

Loopmasters Robotica

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 releases Grandpa Toy Piano for Kontakt

HeadlessBuddha Samples has launched Grandpa Toy Piano, a toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

HeadlessBuddha Samples Grandpa Toy Piano

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 releases The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends

Rattly And Raw has announced The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends, a toy piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Rattly And Raw The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends

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 releases Wonky Toys sample pack

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Ueberschall has launched Wonky Toys, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring a collection of off-kilter sounds for unstable tunes.

Ueberschall Wonky Toys

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


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