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 mic setup for the 'bespoke' Toy Piano.

The mic setup for the 'bespoke' Toy Piano.

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
And this is what the finished product looks like. Well, my version anyway.  There were some truly interesting student interpretations!

And this is what the finished product looks like. Well, my version anyway.  There were some truly interesting student interpretations!

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.