July 5, 2011
Jaymar My First Piano...
by Chris Randall
I'm working on the music for an iOS game, and in one of the level songs, I wanted a little lietmotif played on this 1950s toy piano I got. Unfortunately, the keys stick so bad as to make it nearly unplayable, so I decided to take a few minutes and make a multi-sample of it.
Since some interest was expressed on Twitter in this set, here it is. This is for Live Sampler, so you need Live Suite or you have to have purchased Sampler in order to use it as-is. Of course, the audio file is just sitting in there, so you can pull it out and make your own sample. It's a single mono file. I did it at 44.1/24, because these iOS tracks are all at 44.1/16, being the canonical format of iOS audio. I recorded it with a single home-made piezo mic, through a Purple Biz Mk pre-amp and a Drawmer M500 compressor to a Mytek 8x192 A/D/D/A.
There is a distinct "click" sound when you release the keys on this little piano, and I added that as well, as a single sample. It's the first layer, and if you don't like it, you can just mute it. I sampled every note, starting at C#, because the low C is broken on the toy.
Anyhow, here's the file. Enjoy, and as always, if you find commercial use for it, like all my samples, a Paypal donation is appreciated but in no way mandatory. Hit the "free shit" link to the right; the donate button is at the top of the page.