Riot Audio has announced the release of Putty Piano, a new prepared piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The instrument was sampled from a 1950s British upright piano (Bentley) dampened with a strip of poster putty (Blutack).

The sample library was created as a fresh take on a timeless classic and is targeted at score composers and producers who are looking for a different sonic approach to a universally-loved instrument.

The sound of PUTTY PIANO is a unique alternative to more traditional piano sample libraries. Its short decay and peculiar muted resonance opens up new possibilities of sonic exploration and expression in place of a regular piano sound.

It can be made to sound almost like a dry mallet instrument such as marimba or xylophone and the opportunities for inventive applications are numerous. It can also be used in place of a regular piano where the short decay and soft, rubbery resonance is a welcome departure from the usual sound.

Putty Piano features

  • Kontakt sample library based on upright piano dampened with poster putty.
  • Three mechanical and human noise layers for controlled realism.
  • Special “Body” layer for control of tonal resonance.
  • Simple, clean one-page user interface.
  • Runs in full version of Kontakt 5.8 and above.

Putty Piano is available for the intro price of £59 GBP July 10th. The regular price is £79 GBP.

More information: Riot Audio