Ships piano + school grand + deviously altered upright x Kontakt scripting = a very nice piano indeed.
The Ships Piano³ contains 37 snapshots and 400MB of content along with a “Satie-anator” sequencer for inspirational new sounds.
Ships Piano³ takes the original acclaimed Sound Dust Ships Piano sample instrument and adds two more really great sounding character pianos to the mix.
Think of her as a character piano modeller, you can cunningly combine different aspects of each piano to create impossible sounding piano hybrids. Just don’t expect the usual bland, silky smooth tones of those other over sampled piano monsters.
The fun doesn’t stop there though, Ships Piano³ isn’t just a pretty face.
She also comes with the Satie-anator sequencer engine which combined with the key switch operated scale and key commands is a full on inspiration machine!
Designed by JB Cramer and Sons of London in the late 1800’s, the ships piano (or yacht piano) was built especially for the cramped confines of Victorian pleasure boats. The perfect thing for a little sea bound entertainment in the good old pre-ipod days of the empire.
International adventurer Captain Robert Scott (of the Antarctic) was apparently a fan and always had one onboard for those times when a hearty, spirit lifting sing-along was just the ticket. James Joyce also briefly mentions a ships piano in his book The Dubliners.
These things are very rare and pretty much ignored these days. A ships piano is basically a tiny rudimentary upright piano with a five octave keyboard that folds upwards to save space. It has no bottom half and sits either on a low table or a stand with a small leather and chain contraption dangling from its bottom that loops around the foot for the sustain pedal. Because of its small frame size it struggles with low notes, so the bass strings are very wide gauge and particularly flabby, resulting in a strange almost atonal metallic sound in the lower reaches.