A unique twist on a timeless classic: an experimental prepared piano sample library where we dampened the strings with poster putty. The effect is a muted sustain, with a sharp attack and a soft resonance.
Use this like a piano or get creative and treat it as a sound design stepping stone.
In this sample library, we’ve taken an experimental approach by dampening the piano strings with thick blue poster putty (mostly known for being great for sticking posters to walls in rented accommodation!). The result is a finely tuned balance between resonance and the sharp, rubbery attack that is unique to this way of preparing the piano.
The piano is a vintage 1950s British household upright – full of character and quirks. We’ve added two extra layers of mechanical and human noise elements (e.g. pianist moving around, turning pages on a score) to dial in as you wish for an extra realistic feel, as well as an adjustable layer of sustain pedal sounds. There is also an additional “Body” layer – a composite of an Ebow-driven piano string, and a sine wave. This can be used to dial back in some resonance and tonal sustain to the relatively muted sustain of the dampened string sound.
If it’s a unique variation on old favourite and tons of character you’re after, this library is the perfect addition to your piano sample collection.
Putty Piano is a one-page Kontakt instrument with a few carefully selected controls: