Fracture Sounds Releases FREE Toy Piano For Kontakt Player


Continuing the Blueprint series, Fracture Sounds’ latest free sound library is Toy Piano, compatible with Kontakt Player.

In previous articles, we covered Greenhead Chimes, Festive Bells, and Textural Violin libraries. All of these are free libraries for Kontakt Player.

Toy Piano is the 6th library of the series, and it features, as you may have guessed, the sampled sounds of a vintage toy piano.

Honestly, I’m a big fan of these pocket-sized Kontakt libraries, which offer great sounds with a small number of controls while still being light on disk space.

Toy Piano was created using close miking in a stereo configuration in a dry studio and has controls available in the Faulkner Dulcichord, an instrument that was part of a previous Fracture Sounds release called Trails by Alexander Parsons.

The interface is minimalist but effective. On the main page of the instrument, you’ll find fine knobs: Damping, Key Clicks, Broken Tuning, Reverb, and Atmosphere.

The Damping knob dampens the release of the sample being played. When turned all the way up, the sound fades immediately.

The Key Clicks knob controls the volume of the instrument’s key noise, which is part of its charm.

The Broken Tuning knob detunes the instrument’s keys independently to replicate the natural detuning that occurs as an instrument ages, resulting in an almost out-of-tune sound when fully turned.

This can be used to great effect if you are a fan of the LoFi aesthetic.

The Reverb parameter adds reverberation to the dry signal, and if you click on the gear icon, there are more controls to customize the effect.

You can choose between Hall and Room as the reverb type, and also adjust the Size, Damping and Mod parameters.

The Atmosphere control on the far right of the instrument window is a special one.

It’s a Fracture Sound feature that adds an atmospheric layer to the original toy piano sound.

By pressing the S button, you can solo this added layer.

Clicking on the cog icon to the left of Toy Piano brings up the settings page with controls for Tightness, Velocity Response and even an Extended Range switch.

The latter adds 7 semitones of playable range not available on the original sampled instrument, resulting in a 3-octave range.

Toy Piano also offers NKS support and is compatible with the free Kontakt Player engine.

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    • Wow, you must reeeally love toy pianos. 😄

      I’m not nearly as psyched as you are about a children’s toy piano but it’s a decent freebie, just like the other free Blueprint Series libraries.

      • Yeeeah! :D I’m just working on a home project of world domination – I have an idea for a character of an evil emperor, engulfed in megalomaniacal visions. I’m going for a steampunk + industrial / rock + trip vibe, i belive but i’m still not really sure. It’s basically one big play with sounds, and this piano actually sounds exactly like what was missing next to my music box lol :D

  1. Emotional Recorder is still available for free (don’t know for how long, tho – it says until April 1st) :

    • Now that’s a great April fool’s joke! The demos are hilarious, especially with coughing :D Surprised they actually payed a license to make it for Kontakt player, nice promotion move :)

      And the best part is that it actually can be useful in lots of cases.

      P. S. The library is 3 years old now, as it seems, so apparently it’s always available for free. At least around April fool’s days.

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