Spooky Piano is Kontakt Instrument created by making convolution IR responses out of notes from a synthesized piano, and then routing noise through each sample to make an atmospheric piano sound. As a second set of sounds, the original samples were then fed through saturation and reverb to create an even more atmospheric sound. As a third set of sounds, a single sample was mapped across the keyboard to create spooky artifacts that add an additional transient to the instrument.
The GUI of Spooky Piano was designed to be very graphical. It can be divided into two categories: local and global. The local parameters are made up of 2 XY Pads so the user can graphically place the instrument in both space and frequency. The global parameters are made up of traditional sliders. A second tabbed page gives arpeggiator controls.
Included in Spooky Piano:
1 Kontakt Instrument - 260MB
- 72 Samples
- 16 Snapshot Presets
- Clean Simple GUI with Arpeggiator
- Open script
Recorded at 24 Bit and 44.1kHz
Full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or above is required (will not work in Kontakt Player)
Our mission with Spooky Piano was to minimize the amount of knobs and sliders without losing any control. The bulk of the UI is made up of 2 XY pads, each containing the 3 unique sounds. You can drag around the sounds on the Volume / Pan Pad to position the instrument in space, and then drag the sounds on the Cutoff / Saturation Pad to position the instrument in frequency content. The remaining sliders control the global parameters of the instrument in a more traditional manner.
Spooky Piano comes with a second tab on the GUI that gives you access to an arpeggiator.
This is a stock NI preset arpeggiator, but it gives you access to a completely different way to play the instrument. Our favorite mode is random, with the rate set to high speeds - this creates a flurry of notes around whatever chord or groups of notes you're playing.
Spooky Piano comes with 16 snapshot presets to get you started. We found that Spooky Piano performed best in 3 core areas: the main sounds (resembling a atmospheric piano), the spooky sounds (twisted sounds barely resembling a piano), and fast arpeggiated sounds.
Note that if you want to use the snapshots in the drop-down menu on Taps, you must move the snapshot folder into your Kontakt snapshot folder. There are instructions for how to do this in the README file included with the download.
Spooky & Usable Piano
This is fantastic to use in dark-pop or indie-pop tracks, as well as cinematic or trailer-type mixes. It's found a way into several of my songs and I only just cracked the ice on it's possibilities. Thanks!