Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on the Pripyat Pianos sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, offering 90% off on the virtual instrument featuring the sounds of radioactive pianos from the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

For seven years Strix Instruments’ team has made more than 25 trips to the city of Pripyat for a detailed collection of audio materials. Strix Instruments found and recorded 20 instruments in various parts of Pripyat that are of different levels of preservation and functionality. This amount of instruments was necessary to create a tool suitable not only for sound design but also for writing compositions.

Strix Instruments’ goal was to create a virtual instrument that will show the nature of the degradation of instruments under the effects of harsh weather conditions and radiation, yet which also would have the purest sound. All the pianos Strix Instruments could find participated in the creation of the final sound.

Pripyat Pianos features

  • 20 Pripyat Pianos condensed in one instrument.
  • Age Knob – a slider that changes the instrument’s behaviour depending on the years of degradation from 1986 to 2019.
  • Ability to individually adjust Release, Keystrokes, Pedal, Damper, Sympathetic Resonance sounds by utilizing separate volume sliders.
  • 3 mic positions: close, medium and far.
  • Control Lid of the instrument and Trim the sample start, to soften the sound.
  • 23 unique Impulse Responses recorded in Pripyat and CnNPP outskirts with a short description for each IR in the actual place where it was taken.
  • Up to 9 velocity layers, from 4 to 16 round robins.
  • 14 Snapshots.
  • 11GB of compressed sample content.
  • 2900+ Samples (Kontakt Lossless Sample Compression format) / 4 to 16 round robins / 9 velocity layers / 48 kHz, 24-bits
  • NKS Mapped.
  • Beautifully animated, inspiring GUI.

Pripyat Pianos for the full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or higher is on sale for $19 USD until January 31st, 2024 (regular $199 USD).

More information: Strix Instruments