5 instruments for Kontakt Player exploring extended piano techniques 15/09/10
Soniccouture have announced their latest product, a collection of 5
instruments exploring 'extended' piano techniques. Here's what they have to say about it...
"Extended" is a term usually used to describe unorthodox techniques used when playing
a musical instrument in an unconventional way, to coax new timbres from a traditional
instrument. Soniccouture created the ground-breaking Bowed Piano instrument in 2008,
and now have revisited the same piano to build on that concept and further explore
extended piano techniques for an exciting new suite of instruments.
The instruments included are :
Mute Piano: a technique in which you lightly touch the finger at a nodal point on the
piano string and play the key to produce a harmonic.
Plucked Piano: the piano notes are plucked, either with the fingers or a plectrum of
some sort. We used a guitar pick and recorded plucked notes with both the piano
dampers down and up.
Mallet Piano: The piano strings were struck with foreign mallets : wooden & marimba,
producing strange and different timbres.
Bowed Piano: The strings of the piano are bowed with fishing line and horsehair to
produce both sustained and short notes. This is the full original Bowed Piano sample set
in a 2.0 Kplayer instrument.
SFX Piano: Strums, scrapes, percussive noises and all kinds of sound-scapes from the
guts of the piano.
Pricing and Availability:
Xtended Piano is available now on DVD and Download, priced EUR 99 / USD 149
SPECIAL OFFER : 15% off Xtended Piano
ENTER CODE : 0EKR5R1HTT
Offer ends 1st October 2010
Registered Bowed Piano users can upgrade. More information: