Free Kontakt and EXS24 Piano Libraries from the Pianobook community

Sampler and Sampling discussion (techniques, tips and tricks, etc.)
KVRist
31 posts since 12 Oct, 2011 from Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Post Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:59 am

Just to let fellow KVR-ers know that there are a number of free piano libraries available to download from www.pianobook.co.uk, which include some from Christian Henson of Spitfire Audio as well as those contributed by Pianobook community members, one of which is my C.Bechstein:
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/library/191 ... in-upright

Banned
821 posts since 4 Aug, 2010

Post Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:52 pm

I've seen a couple of Mr Henson's videos and the Pianobook is really a great project. It's a bit unfortunate that it uses proprietary formats with Kontakt and EXS24.

Would it not make much more sense to use a format like Soundfont / .sfz ?
http://soundcloud.com/samaritageto

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KVRian
1367 posts since 30 Jul, 2013

Post Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:41 pm

Go ahead and create a SFZ map for it and distribute it. I'm pretty sure the files are waves.
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KVRian
1079 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Post Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:05 pm

the free TX16Wx sampler can load EXS24 files

PTV
KVRAF
2224 posts since 5 Jan, 2006

Post Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:25 pm


Banned
821 posts since 4 Aug, 2010

Post Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:07 am

PTV wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:25 pm
https://www.bjoernbojahr.de/exs2sfz.html
Thanks, I wasn't aware of it. Looks quite usable!
http://soundcloud.com/samaritageto

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vom
KVRist
219 posts since 19 Oct, 2006 from Matlock, UK

Post Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:05 am

Wow, what a great website! Thanks for posting about it, I love eccentric piano samples - fun to cycle through them as I practice and get a different vibe from each one.

KVRAF
1595 posts since 19 Mar, 2008 from germany

Post Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:13 am

"Pianobook" is a fantastic website! :clap:
bigcat1969 wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:41 pm
Go ahead and create a SFZ map for it and distribute it. I'm pretty sure the files are waves.
Yes please!
SFZ is "the universal sample-format".

For a faster mapping this tool seems to be the
best: https://www.bjoernbojahr.de/bjoerns-sample-mapper.html
free mp3s + info: andy-enroe.de songs + weird stuff: enroe.de

v1o
KVRAF
2871 posts since 2 Oct, 2004

Post Mon May 13, 2019 12:31 am

Bump. This is a great site with nice pianos. Check out the new Spring Piano. Currently EXS24 only but the community have submitted Kontakt and SFZ versions.
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Banned
821 posts since 4 Aug, 2010

Post Fri May 17, 2019 11:20 am

v1o wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 12:31 am
Bump. This is a great site with nice pianos. Check out the new Spring Piano. Currently EXS24 only but the community have submitted Kontakt and SFZ versions.
Are these community-provided SFZ versions available somewhere publicly?
http://soundcloud.com/samaritageto

Proper Education Always Corrects Errors

v1o
KVRAF
2871 posts since 2 Oct, 2004

Post Sat May 18, 2019 2:41 am

Izak Synthiemental wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 11:20 am
v1o wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 12:31 am
Bump. This is a great site with nice pianos. Check out the new Spring Piano. Currently EXS24 only but the community have submitted Kontakt and SFZ versions.
Are these community-provided SFZ versions available somewhere publicly?
At the moment you have to ask in the forum. The site admin still needs to update the main site with publicly available links.
Last edited by v1o on Sat May 18, 2019 2:47 am, edited 1 time in total.
Orion Platinum, Muzys 2

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KVRAF
34135 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

Post Sat May 18, 2019 2:43 am

Looks interesting.
Hi-de-Hi!

KVRer
8 posts since 28 Mar, 2020

Post Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:45 am

Yes; this project is really special, like something that could be found in a dream!! they just reached the milestone of 500 items! And of course the likelihood that it will continues for decades is fairly high, so, as of now we are still witnessing the earlier days!

KVRist

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31 posts since 12 Oct, 2011 from Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Post Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:05 am

And many of the instruments are now available in Decent Sampler format: Decent Sampler is free, just like Plogue's sforzando, so you don't necessarily need the full version of Kontakt to benefit from Pianobook... :-))

KVRian
559 posts since 30 Apr, 2018

Post Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:25 am

DecentSampler also has support for GUI’s, so it could actually become the “new Sforzando”, so to speak.

I spent a couple hours on the weekend downloading everything from Pianobook. Lots of quality stuff in there!

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