This instrument is pretty special to Soundiron, though it doesn't sound all that fancy. Actually, it sounds pretty damn rough around the edges, but that's just the way they like her. Sure, there are plenty of other great piano libraries out there, with their gleaming chrome 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. The brand or model is unknown, but she looked to be about 60 or 70 years old and quite beat up the last time they saw her. Originally recorded in 2006 and released under the Tonehammer brand in 2008, this library has become a classic, finding its way into a wide variety of soundtracks, trailers, commercials and records. Soundiron are now proud to bring it to Reason, preserving all of the tone and playability that has made it an industry favorite. Give this old girl a whirl and show her a good time.
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 to 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 her soul truly has aged like a fine wine.
For the Reason ReFill Edition of Granny, Soundiron have included a variety of Combinator patches that feature front panel controls giving users the ability to shape the sound right at their fingertips. Users can control note attack to simulate pad-like sounds, note release, release sample volume and the volume of the pedal sound effect that plays when you use the sustain pedal (CC64). Soundiron also included a couple of nifty reverb effects and an awesome "Grahammy" mode which makes Granny sound like she's coming out of an old phonograph, complete with vinyl record pops. A selection of Geriatrocities are also included – various sustaining pads and ambiences derived from the source material.
Soundiron captured 3-4 velocity layers on all keys, with separate note damp and key press/release samples. Tuned and naturally raw untuned modes are provided, along with special effect presets and tone shaping controls.
The piano is so old and rickety that you 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 lift your foot too quickly.
Deep Sampled Articulations
- Soft action preset
- Vocoded preset
- Filter sweep preset
- "Grammy-phone" record effect mode
- Atmopsheric "Geriatrocity" pads and drones
Reason Combinator Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Reason 6.0.2 or later. We've included 22 Combinator and NN-XT presets in the ReFill package, featuring custom front panel user interface controls and artwork.
SUMMARY OF FEATURES
- 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