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Old Busted Granny Piano

Kontakt Instrument by Soundiron

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The Old Busted Granny Piano is pretty special to us, though it doesn't sound all that fancy. Actually, it sounds pretty damn rough around the edges, but that’s just the way we like her. Sure, there are plenty of other great upright piano libraries out there, with their shining lacquer and pristine strings, but none of them ever captured the authentic beauty of a cheap, dusty, beat up, rusting, long untuned upright piano. This is the kind of old heap your grandma had in her living room. This particular instrument has been in Soundiron co-founder Chris Marshall’s family for many years, before being passed on from one new home to the next. This was also one of the very first instruments Mike Peaslee deep-sampled. We don't know the brand or model off hand, but she looked to be about 60 or 70 years old and quite beat up the last time we saw her.

Her tone is watery and faded. There are a number of broken and dissonant strings, especially in the upper register. The wood is pitted, faded and banged up and the ivory is missing from a number of keys. Every key lands with a loud, wobbly, wooden thud and and lifted with a hollow rattle as soon as you lift your finger again. Sometimes, she seems creak and groan in the middle of the night, for no reason at all really. Clearly, the years have not been kind to her looks or her voice, but the soul of this old upright piano truly has aged like a fine moonshine.

We captured 3-4 velocity layers on all keys, with added round-robin variation on the two middle octaves in the mf range.There are actually two independent release trigger samples for every note to better replicate the natural behavior of the instrument as we recorded it. Each note has separate string release samples and key release samples.The “key” release trigger is the soft, distant sounding mechanical wooden “thud” that naturally occurs whenever any key is lifted, even after the resonance has faded. The piano was so old and rickety that you'd have to very slowly releases the sustain pedal or all of the hammers come crashing back down on the strings and occasionally even get stuck there if you lifted your foot too quickly.

Originally recorded in 2006 and released by Tonehammer in 2008, this library has become a classic, finding its way into an endless roster of soundtracks, trailers, commercials and records. For this brand new 2.1 version of our Granny Piano, we’ve tweaked the mapping and layering to make it feel more responsive and natural, combined the “Tuned” and “Untuned” versions into a single preset with an easy Tuning mode switch and implemented our proprietary voice management technology to minimize noise-floor build-up while maintaining performance. We’ve also incorporated a full range of user controls to allow total sonic shaping. and fine control over every detail of the sound. The brand new Geriatrocities atmospheric sustains presets include 12 custom ambiencies that can be blended and shaped freely.

Note: This product now includes both the standard Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.4 open format presets and the ReFill version, designed for Propellerhead's Reason 6.0.2. 


Native Instruments Kontakt Library Features

  • Notes and Releases for all 88 keys, including the broken strings
  • Pedal SFX
  • Tuned and Tamed
  • Untuned and Raw
  • Bright and Chipper
  • Soft and Muddy
  • Special Effects
  • Atmopsheric “Geriatrocity” pads and drones

Reason ReFill Library Features

  • Notes and Releases for all 88 keys, including the broken strings
  • Pedal SFX
  • Tuned and Tamed
  • Untuned and Raw
  • Vocoded
  • Filter Sweeper
  • “Grammy-phone” record effect mode
  • Special FX presets
  • Atmopsheric “Geriatrocity” pads and drones

Kontakt Format

The .nki presets in the Kontakt portion of this library are designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1 or later. Kontakt is an industry-standard advanced virtual instrument / software sampler platform. 

Check out screenshots of our custom graphical user interface for Kontakt in the image gallery above. They provide a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode.

This is a standard Kontakt open-format library, so the free Kontakt Player doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library. However, the sample directories are fully accessible to allow user customization, import and mapping into other wav-compatible software, sampler and synth formats.

The special Libraries tab doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library, but you can use the standard File browser tab, or import this library into the Kontakt database and Quickload tools for easy navigation, loading and organization.

Reason ReFill Format

The ReFill portion of this library is designed for the full retail version of Reason 6.0.2 or later. We’ve included 22 Combinator and 22 NN-XT presets in the ReFill package, featuring custom front panel user interface controls and artwork. These NN-XT and Combinator presets have been optimized for performance on 32 bit systems, with 16 bit sample data and a slightly reduced soundset to allow for lower memory usage. The sample directories are also fully accessible to allow user customization, import and mapping into other wav-compatible software, sampler and synth formats.


  • 1.55 GB installed
  • 721 Samples
  • 13 .nki presets (Kontakt standard open format)
  • 22 Combinator patches and 22 NN-XT patches (Reason ReFill format)
  • 24 bit / 44.1 kHz uncompressed source PCM wav samples
  • Unlocked presets and wav samples allow full user customization

System Requirements

The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 4.2.4 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. The full retail version of Propellerhead Reason version 6.0.2 (or later) is required to use the ReFill package and all .nn-xt and combinator patches included in this library. PC users must have Windows XP or higher. Mac users must have OSX 10.6 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.

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