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Cassette Piano.02

Virtual Instrument by THEPHONOLOOP

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The Idea & Process

One of the main improvements of Cassette Piano.02 is a completely new set of samples of an (not so perfect) old upright piano recorded in a ballet training room (in both stereo and mono, with mics at the back of the piano) which resulted in surprisingly organic and tasty sound with all kinds of little imperfections. In order to make the best use of those recordings, and to further expand the sound capabilities of the instrument, four different decks were used to process the samples.

  • Deck A STEREO - the highest quality, very low pitch instability, plus it was recorded in stereo
  • Deck A MONO - the same quality as the one above but recorded in mono
  • Deck B MONO - the same one used in previous instruments (Cassette Piano, Cassette Keys.01, Cassette Mallets.01), slightly loose drive belt introduces a lot of pitch instability (sounds great when transposed down)
  • Deck C MONO - the noisiest deck of all with medium amount of pitch instability
  • Deck D MONO - similar to deck A but with more instability in pitch and overall sound

Every note has been carefully denoised with a high quality algorithm to avoid noise stacking when playing more than one note (there’s still some noise left in the samples to avoid denonising artifacts). Noise can still be added with the noise knob - it’s much more flexible this way and allows the ability to adjust the volume of the noise independently whilst also applying parameters such as filtering. It also creates a more realistic sound, so when playing a five voice chord, only one sample of noise instead of five stacked on top of each other will be heard.