LOST PIANO

RESAMPLED PIANO FOR KONTAKT

It's time to get lost

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LOST PIANO

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Beautifully worn and naturally warped, Lost Piano is designed to create a mood and inspire the way you play. Instant cinema. It’s not a synthesiser but neither is it really a piano anymore. It’s the somewhere in-between that you won’t have been before.

Created for experimentation. Created to push the limits on what you thought a piano could sound like. Made from 32 sets of piano sounds that have been time-stretched and transformed through reel-to-reel, cassette tapes, guitar pedals and some unconventional plugin chains.

It also features our new custom Memories engine which generates an intelligent pattern of rhythmic sounds. More character and complexity than an arpeggiator. More curious and unconventional than a delay.

This is for the composers, creators and music makers that value the way a sound makes you feel. It’s time to get lost . . .

WORKS WITH KONTAKT PLAYER

No additional software purchase required

NKS COMPATIBLE

Fully compatible with Native Instruments

Piano sounds

There are 24 different sets of piano sounds and 8 texture pads that can be loaded into 2 sides of the instrument. They have all been painstakingly re-recorded, re-amped and re-worked from the original Alt Piano recording sessions. They have been stretched and transformed through reel-to-reel, cassette tapes and some of the world’s finest boutique guitar pedals. Some have been further manipulated with a string of unconventional plugin chains. 

We also went back to the original piano and recorded some additional interesting sounds using wooden plectrums, drum sticks and muted plucks.

Piano textures

The 8 texture pads have been made using similar re-recording techniques to the other sounds. The feeling of an analogue synth, but with the soul of a piano.

One of our favourites is called ‘Muddle’ which uses the highly revered, Fairfield Circuitry “Shallow Water” pedal and an Electro Harmonix Octave generator. We re-sampled both left and right channels independently, constantly changing the controls of the pedals to give a truly original stereo sound.

DEMO MUSIC

Listen to some examples

Lost Piano

Alternative/electronica

INFO

The title track from out main trailer. A dozen instances of Lost Piano including 3 different Memories and combining both the more traditional piano sounds and some synth-like textures.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano

Composer
Rob Hill

First Sighting

SCIENCE FICTION / MYSTERY

INFO

A super minimalist piece using 5 tracks of Textures from Lost Piano. Inspired by the Arrival soundtrack by Jóhann Jóhannsson. Apart from some light EQing, all effects, sounds and processing come from the instrument.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano

Composer
Rob Hill

Out Of Luck

THRILLER / HORROR

INFO

A thriller/horror style piece using multiple instances of Lost Piano.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano
Solo Strings Untamed
Percussion Untamed

Composer
Adrian Banks

You're Asleep, I'm Awake

ALTERNATIVE

INFO

A wistful and slowly building track using the "Finger Plucked" sound in the Memories engine.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano
Solo Strings Untamed

Composer
Rob Hill

Do You Remember?

ALTERNATIVE/ELECTRONICA

INFO

A track inspired by artists like DJ Shadow and RJD2 in the alternative non-vocal hip-hop scene. Using 5 instances of Lost Piano and an awesome LoFi drum kit by Jon Meyer that has been smashed even further.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano
Jon Meyer LoFi Drums

Composer
Rob Hill

Mayday

ELECTRONIC SOUNDTRACK

INFO

Inspired in part by Colin Stetson's awesome soundtrack to 'Mayday'. The track is made up of 8 instances of Lost Piano. Apart from some gentle compression, EQ and limiting on the master buss, all the effects and sounds come from the instrument. 

Instuments Used
Lost Piano

Composer
Rob Hill

Hinterland

Solo Piano

INFO

A super-soft piano piece using the "Hinterland" preset.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano

Composer
Rob Hill

Atlantic Avenue

HIp-HOP

INFO

A cinematic instrumental hip-hop track using a couple of the lo-fi piano presets and 2 pitch-shifted violas. 

Instuments Used
Lost Piano
Viola Untamed
Sampled live drum loop

Composer
Rob Hill

The Road Less Travelled

HYBRID SCORE

INFO

A beautiful track using the "Finger Plucked" sound in the Memories engine and a tea;thy does of Solo Strings Untamed.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano
Solo Strings Untamed

Composer
Rob Hill

Kacceta

SOLO PIANO

INFO

A really soft and simple solo piano piece using the "Kacceta" preset, which was sampled through a Russian cassette from 1991.

Instuments Used
Lost Piano

Composer
Rob Hill

Instrument walkthrough

A 40-minute guide through the whole instrument. Listen to some of the presets and individual sounds played live, a full overview of all the controls and some special tips.
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MEMORIES

Rhythmical underscore

We’ve developed a custom engine called Memories which creates an intelligent pattern of notes to accompany your playing. More character and complexity than an arpeggiator. More curious and unconventional than a delay. Turn a simple chord into a rhythmical and moving soundscape of complimentary notes and tones.

Choose any of the piano recordings for the Memories engine to play and then refine the sound of them even more. Make them feel like a recent memory or a long forgotten and hazy dream. We’ve created 12 presets just for the Memory page, to give you an instant starting point.

RANDOMISER

GET LOST

We’ve included a switch that randomises almost every single sound and control in the whole instrument to take a dive into the unknown. 

Maybe it will sound like that one time when you were 6 and recorded the family piano on your dad’s reel to reel. Maybe it will sound like the darkest memories of a stranger you’ve never met. Maybe it‘s a sound you never imagined was possible that’s just about to kick start your entire score.

Who knows where you’ll end up?

We’ve created 12 film-inspired reverb impulses. The room of a Japanese hotel. A ball room where all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. An empty house being used to make soap. A spaceship where Dave is no longer in control. See if you can guess them all.

REVERB

Film-inspired spaces

DELAY

Think

differently

about

delay

delay

delay

delay

delay

delay

delay

The built-in delay engine houses 5 different types of delay from a clean digital delay to several vintage and analogue inspired delays. Plus a delay we call Haze, where you can create a washed out shimmery cloud that blurs the line between delay and reverb.

To add some instant atmosphere we’ve included 6 ambient recordings. From a calm breeze in woodland to a distant city at night. Recorded and edited to give a subtle undertone but without taking over   

AMBIENCE

Put it in a space

NOISE

Take off the edge

If you think music shouldn’t sound pristine, there’s a series of 6 analogue recorded noises to take the edge off. Worn cassette tape, vinyl crackle, radio static and the drone of a forgotten machine are among the sounds available to make everything a bit more rough around the edges.

SNAPSHOTS

Get started

With the endless range of possibilities in the instrument, we’ve created over 100 instrument snapshot presets to get you somewhere good quickly. Arranged in a way to find a simple starting point that you can take in your own direction, or choose one of the more complex and interesting combinations you might not have thought about.

Hinterland
Home 1973
Muddled
Long Lost Lust
Plead The Fifth
Night In The City
Tape Pulses
Plectrum Piano
Viscous Meniscus
Felt & Ferric
Thrift Shop

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Good to know

W A T E R M A R K I N G
LOST PIANO is automatically watermarked for each customer with unique identifying information which we use to track piracy.

FAQ

What type of music is this best suited for?

Lost Piano is our most versatile instrument to date. You can achieve a really simple (but organically aged) piano sound out of it, to heavily processed and synth-like sounds.

We feel like it fits really well with alternative scores of all film genres. But we also think it can equally find a home in multiple styles of music from DJ Shadow inspired cinematic hip-hop to electronica and beyond.

I need a character upright piano, is this it?

If you’re looking for a traditional upright piano, this probably isn’t it. There are lots of very familiar piano-style sounds in the instrument, but they’ve been re-sampled and changed beyond the original recordings of a piano.

If you want a piano that feels like a real acoustic instrument with multiple mic positions, key, pedal and other piano noises then please look at ALT PIANO.

Will this work in the free Kontakt Player?

Yes! Lost Piano works on the free Kontakt Player, version 6.2.2 or higher. If you do not have Kontakt Player, you can download it for free here.

Many of our other instruments do need the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above, so please ensure you have the correct version before purchase.

Can I use this in commercial releases?

Yes! What you can’t do is repackage the individual samples or re-release them as another sample library, but you can absolutely use them to make the next score to a film about a linguist trying to communicate with an alien species.