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Kontakt Instrument by Strix Instruments

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"I found myself needing a piano that was clear enough to get a soft emotion across ... with PRIPYAT Pianos, I found exactly that. It’s now going to be a regular part of my arsenal."
. Composer for Film and Media.
"The tone is really really good, very unique but also very rich... The UI is awesome!"
. British video game composer.
"The samples are very unique and powerful. The pre-made patches are very interesting and inspiring. I HIGHLY recommend this library!"
. Israeli-American composer for movies, TV and video games.

They were Silent for 33 Years

33 years of harsh weather conditions and radiation, 33 years of silence, 33 years of hopeless expectation of human touch. PRIPYAT Pianos is a sound museum, created 33 years after a massive man-made disaster that has affected hundreds of thousands of lives. This is the mark of the elapsed time.

Radioactive Pianos from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

For seven years Strix Instruments' team has made more than 25 trips to the city of Pripyat for a detailed collection of audio materials. Strix Instruments found and recorded 20 instruments in various parts of Pripyat that are of different levels of preservation and functionality. This amount of instruments was necessary to create a tool suitable not only for sound design but also for writing compositions.

 Strix Instruments' goal was to create a virtual instrument that will show the nature of the degradation of instruments under the effects of harsh weather conditions and radiation, yet which also would have the purest sound. All the pianos Strix Instruments could find participated in the creation of the final sound.

An Apartment in Pripyat or a Nuclear Reactor Chamber?

One of the important features of PRIPYAT Pianos is the Impulse Responses collection for Convolution Reverb, recorded in well-known and not-so-known Pripyat sites, including the territory of the tragically known Chernobyl NPP. A series of rooms and open spaces from Pripyat are at your disposal. Some presets are more invisible and will give a light shade to the sound of the instrument, and others will convey the scale of city structures or internal structures of the 5th power unit of the ChNPP.

From 1986 to 2019

Age Knob – a slider that changes the instrument’s behaviour depending on the years of degradation from 1986 to 2019. The regulator allows you to hear the almost untouched sound of notes from 1986. You can add special, lively notes, creating a unique sound with small age changes from 1986 and up, or a radical change installing 2019, which represents the current sound of the instruments at the moment. The sound of 1986 was created using the most suitable pianos and their keys. However, even they have string artefacts that Strix Instruments decided to leave to preserve authenticity.

Beautiful and Simple Interface

Each of the 23 presets is supplemented with a photo of the place where the Impulse-Response was recorded, a brief description and the current level of gamma radiation in that particular location. Simply select the place you like from the drop-down list, touch the keys and feel the atmosphere of the Dead City.

The main elements of control are the distance to the instrument, the ability to shorten the start of samples, adjusting the opening of the instrument lid, the convolution reverb control, as well as more detailed elements in the form of overtones, keystrokes, sustain pedal mechanism, dampers and the layer of sympathetic resonance, which was collected from 20 recorded pianos.

At the end of each trip, shoes and clothes were thrown away or thoroughly washed out taking into account the radiation contamination of the soil, asphalt and dust particles in the air. Unfortunately, radiation accumulates in the human body, summing up to the dose that has already been received and will not be removed from the body throughout life, some isotopes will be active for thousands of years... Strix Instruments shortened their lives to create a truly unique instrument.


  • 20 Pripyat Pianos condensed in one instrument.
  • Age Knob - a slider that changes the instrument's behaviour depending on the years of degradation from 1986 to 2019.
  • Ability to individually adjust Release, Keystrokes, Pedal, Damper, Sympathetic Resonance sounds by utilizing separate volume sliders.
  • 3 mic positions: close, medium and far.
  • Control Lid of the instrument and Trim the sample start, to soften the sound.
  • 23 unique Impulse Responses recorded in Pripyat and CnNPP outskirts with a short description for each IR in the actual place where it was taken.
  • Up to 9 velocity layers, from 4 to 16 round robins.
  • 14 Snapshots.
  • 11GB of compressed sample content.
  • 2900+ Samples (Kontakt Lossless Sample Compression format) / 4 to 16 round robins / 9 velocity layers / 48 kHz, 24-bits
  • NKS Mapped.
  • Beautifully animated, inspiring GUI.
  • 2.62 GB Download Size.

System Requirements

  • Kontakt 5.8.1 Full and higher (Free Kontakt Player is NOT supported)
  • 2.62 GB (3.62 GB uncompressed / lossless / .wav equivalent 11 GB) free storage space.

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