SAMPLE LIBRARY REVIEW AWARDS 2023
VIEWER'S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST PIANO
An upright piano with stories to tell
Alt Piano is an old, humble and character-filled upright piano from the 1960s. Recorded with and without felt, this piano has two very different personalities; soft and beautiful or bright and lively.
The original recordings have also been transformed into a series of inspiring textural layers. These can be used to create a subtle background ambience to the piano, or made into their own atmospheric organic sounds.
There are dozens of other unique controls, making this piano impressively versatile and allowing you to easily create an extensive range of sounds for any genre.
An upright character piano
Recorded with and without felt
4 microphone positions
“Live” player controls
11 unique textures
Over 40 presets
Uses the free Kontakt PLAYER
Works in all major DAWs
Compatible with NKS
See it in action
Listen to Alt Piano
“A lovely piano that you can modify in all sorts of ways very quickly.
It has a nice warm tone to it and this instrument can be used in quite a few applications.
Need an intimate piano? Done. Need a distant pad? Done.”
Natural or felted
(or somewhere in-between)
We recorded the piano twice. With and without felt which provides you with two very distinct characters. Both are full of subtle imperfections and individuality.
The natural sound of the piano without felt is bright and lively, whilst the felted recordings are soft and gentle.
But best of all, you don’t have to choose. We created a control which lets you blend between the two recordings to dial in a sound that suits you.
Subtle ambience or full blown vibe
The original session recordings have been transformed into 11 textural layers. Add a subtle ambience to augment the main piano or use them on their own in the front and centre of your music.
We used a combination of vintage cassette decks, time-stretched reel-to-reel, boutique guitar pedals and other experimental techniques to create a range of distinct sounds, full of character and soul.
To add even more interest, the sound of each one can be changed in its own unique way using the texture slider.
SOUNDS & SIGNALS
Felted and Unfelted
Super close and dry. A pair of Coles 4038s placed inches away from the insides of the piano.
A balanced perspective with more room to breathe and less focus on the mechanical sounds of the piano.
A flatter sound recorded from the soundboard at the rear of the piano.
A diffuse and unfocussed sound recorded in an adjacent room to the piano. Use sparingly to add some natural depth.
Individual controls for:
Key noises, String resonance and the sustain pedal.
"All the best characters in films have flaws.
I believe the best pianos do too."
Founder, Westwood Instruments
Wait, there's more?
Create a more real and authentic performance by adding the sound of a “Live” player including gentle piano stool creaks, clothing foley and some subtle room ambience.
Create a darker, moodier sound, unachievable any other way. A powerful, but simple control which pitch shifts and transposes with just one click.
Two clicks away
lost in reykjavík
rob’s felt piano
as real as it gets
Explore the interface
We recorded the piano in the crypt of a church. It’s lived there for the past 10 years since a band we know have recorded all their albums in this unlikely place.
We used an absolutely world-class pristine signal path, capturing everything at 96kHz through legendary Neve 1073 pre-amps and Burr Brown AD convertors.
The signal started with a matched pair of Coles 4038’s as close as we dare put them to the hammers, to capture a really detailed sound. A stereo pair of AKG 414’s made an excellent job of providing a more natural and open perspective. We used a pair of SE-2’s on the rear soundboard which gives you a boxy and bright sound. Finally we set up another stereo pair of AKG 414’s right in the furthest and vaults of the room to record a really distant and ambient perspective.
Good to know
Mac OS 10.13 or higher
Windows 10 or higher
All major DAWs supported
3.7GB download size
Downloads using the free Pulse app
Native Access is required for license activation.
Free Kontakt Player
This sample library works with the free version of Kontakt PLAYER 6.6.1 or higher and is NKS compatible.
I'm looking for a pristine concert grand piano, is this it?
Nope. This piano is old, has been well loved and had a very good life. If you’re looking for perfectly precise tuning and an absolutely perfect sound this is not the piano for you. But if you want character, a few flaws and a sound that is full of personality, then you’ve found the right piano.
Will this work in the free version of Kontakt?
Yes. Alt Piano works using the free Kontakt Player, version 6.6.1 or higher.
Many of our other instruments do need the full version of Kontakt, so please ensure you have the correct version before purchasing anything from us.
Can I use this in commercial releases?
Yes! What you can’t do is repackage the individual samples or re-release them as another sample library, but you can absolutely use them to make the next score to a film about making 500 million friends (and a few enemies).
Adrian Banks – BANKS AUDIO THEATRE