The "Ancient Woodhammer Piano" is an Instrument Sample Library for Native Instruments' Kontakt 5. The history of this instruments sound goes back to the 18th century when Cembalo, Clavichord and Pianoforte were common.
This recorded example gives you the feeling of a piano that hits the strings made of brass with wooden hammers. The brass-strings were attached to a wooden frame which could not withstand much pressure.
That is why the string-tension was not as high as todays pianos (build with steel-strings and metal frames) and opening the window could ruin all the tuning-work.
If you're unsure whether this is right for you, here's a short example of what's included in Ancient Woodhammer Piano
- The best mix of Cembalo, Piano & Honkytonk
- 88 keys, 3 Velocity-Layers, 5 Round-Robins each
- Soft & Normal patches referring to softness of the hammer-impact on the string
- Contains a very small amount of original room - can easily be wrapped into custom reverbs
- Over 1200 samples
- custom spread-knob for widening the stereo panorama
- At least 700 MB of hard drive space
- Kontakt 5 required Full version - Will only work in demo mode in Kontakt Player
This instrument sounds like an old piano with ancient mechanics and wooden hammers.
If you need a piano that sounds like back in the 18th century, the Ancient Woodhammer Piano is your choice.
This instrument breathes and lives its own life so it’s slightly out of tune here and there creating its unique charm.
This is a basic but very well sampled instrument, which conjures up for me a time before the development of the modern day acoustic piano, when keyboard instruments were more direct in tone and less complex. I find it not only works well adding melodic & harmonic definition to tracks, but also layers really well with stock-standard sampled acoustic pianos, to give them more bite and depth. Great tool to have in the kit bag.