29th November 2013
The Table Piano is a curious and charming crank-driven instrument from the nineteenth-century - an oversized music box with a table for a body.
- 459 stereo 24-bit WAV samples.
- Chromatic string samples.
- Percussive hammer samples.
- Mechanical crank samples.
- 4 programs for Kontakt 2.
- 1 scripted program for Kontakt 3+ and above.
- 4 programs for EXS24.
- 1.50 GB total uncompressed size.
The tonal range of the instrument is C2-C5. Precisionsound also recorded the sound of the piano's crank being turned, which they mapped from C#5-C6.
These so-called table pianos, or piano harps, were made in Småland in the south of Sweden from about 1880 until 1929, when the manufacturing plant was burnt. During this period there was a use for self-playing instruments in schools, churches, and other groups. You could call them "sing-along machines of the 1800s". Naturally, the demand declined in conjunction with the introduction of gramophone records.
Now, a hundred years later, Precisionsound have taken this limited but charming contraption and made it a flexible and playable instrument for software samplers. Their aim was to honour the instrument's original characteristics – the clapping of the clubs, the sonorous sound of the strings coming out of the box.
Price: $49 via download. A DVD version costs an additional $9.95. All formats are included.
Full version of Kontakt is required, this library does NOT work with the free Kontakt Player.
For more information, manual and demo songs go to the Naeshult Table Piano info page.