I know you’re probably thinking “yet ANOTHER piano or keyboard library?!”
Well, this one is different, this is something for the sound design and experimental folks out there.
Soniccouture, no doubt, has some awesome stuff, I love them.
This library right here is definitely not what you think, it’s more of an experimental piano library
Let’s check it!
So what is Xtended Piano?
Basically it’s a Kontakt library dedicated to “prepared piano”.
That’s when they play the piano strings in various ways like using bows, mallets, plucking them, scrapping them, etc.
It’s used to give a more unique and different sound, which is great for sound design and experimental stuff.
So don’t expect this to be your traditional multi layered piano library perfect for concert solos….though.
You could use it for that if you wish, if you’re going for a super unique solo.
- content: 6GB (3.5gb ncw compressed)
- format: Kontakt Player and Kontakt
- price: $159
How does it sound?
I love it! It’s got a really experimental sound to it.
Out of the main instruments, the plucked piano is my favorite, I like the attack sound of it mixed with the sustained release, really cool.
But then you have the various sound design patches…those things are awesome.
I’m talking about pads, strings, and even almost synth-like patches.
The mult-patches are lovely as well, some really nice layered pads and plucked instruments.
The way you can tweak the instruments with the included fx and various performance options really give this library a very creative and experimental sound.
So what’s the bottom line?
Now a library like this isn’t going to be for everyone, it’s definitely not your “normal” piano library.
However, if you’re looking at products from Soniccouture it’s safe to say you’re not always limiting yourself to what’s “normal”
I really love how creative they get with their libraries, the interfaces are amazing and the sounds just speak for themselves.
I give Xtended Piano 4.5 out of 5 subs, I really love the sound of it, and love how clean and crisp the interface is. It makes it quick to tweak and adjust to your liking.
At the end of the day, I’m a sound fanatic, and I am constantly inspired by new and unique sounds.
If you’re into ambient, experimental, sound design type music, this one is definitely worth checking out.
Go on over and checkout their demos: http://www.soniccouture.com/en/products/28-ancient-rare-and-experimental/g24-xtended-piano/
leave me a comment below, let me know what you think