The Toy Piano
We set out to record a simple Toy Piano. Through a few hundred thousand dollars of equipment. A Custom 75 (Neve Clone) analogue console, running to a Pro Tools HDX system, through some Warm Audio WA76's and a bunch of good quality mics, C414's and the such.
The Toy Piano was a collaboration with my second year students at SAE. Thinking outside the normal careers (Producer/ Engineer) is one of the things I really try to encourage, and one of the best ways to do that is to get students to create.
Was it worth it? Probably not, but it was a good exercise in patience and attention to detail. Capturing a tiny piano, in a relatively dead space in stereo is an interesting task.
The finished instrument features:
- 269 samples at 24 bit 48kHz resolution
- 3 mono microphones - AKG C414, D190E, NTK
- 1 stereo A|B pair of microphones - AKGC414
- Sampled through a Custom Series 75 True Analogue Console in Classic Voltage Summing Mode and Pro Tools HD system
If you want a copy of the Toy Piano, shoot me an email and I'll link you to it. You will need to have the full version of Kontakt 5+ to use it though.