Xtended Piano

Xtended Piano

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Extended Piano ist eine Suite von fünf Kontakt Player Instrumenten: Plucked Piano, Mute Piano, Bowed Piano, Mallet Piano & SFX Piano. Ein unglaublich vielseitige Palette an organischen Klavier Sounds .

Was ist "Extended Piano"?

"Extended" ist ein Begriff, der in der Regel verwendet wird um unorthodoxe Techniken zu beschreiben um ein Musikinstrument auf unkonventionelle Weise zu spielen sowie um einem traditionellen Instrument neue Klangfarben zu entlocken.

Seit dem frühen 20. Jahrhundert hat sich das Piano an die Spitze dieses Trends gesetzt, u.a. durch Komponisten wie John Cage, der das Piano mit Schrauben und Muttern präpariert hat; Henry Cowell komponierte dagegen Stücke, in denen der Künstler in das Piano hinein fasst und die Saiten zupft oder dämpft,  und Stephen Scott strich die Saiten mit einem ganzen Ensemble von Künstlern, um einen Orchestersound zu erzeugen.
Letzteres hat uns inspiriert, 2008 das bahnbrechende Bowed Piano Instrument ins Leben zu rufen. Jetzt haben wir das selbe Piano nochmal überarbeitet, um auf diesem Konzept aufzubauen und damit für eine neue Folge von Instrumenten weitere „extended“ Pianotechniken zu erkunden.


  • 6GB Sample library  - 3.5 GB with NCW ( Kontakt Lossless Sample compression)
  • 24 Bit 44.1 Khz Stereo Sampling - 2829 Samples
  • 5 Individual Kontakt Instruments : Mute , Plucked, Bowed, Mallet and SFX Piano
  • Multiple Key-switched articulations, key-off samples, velocity layers alternate round robin samples for a natural response
  • 40 Sound-Design Presets
  • Full custom control interface with Synth, Performance and Effects Panels
  • Soniccouture KSP performance modules : Glissando, Strummer, Jammer
  • Includes the  best-selling Bowed Piano sample set


Mute Piano ScreenMute piano is 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.  In our Mute Piano instrument, this harmonic is the 3rd harmonic, so it sounds a 12th above the fundamental (an octave plus a fifth).  This is the harmonic most used by George Crumb, who often included Mute piano is his pieces. It is also one of the few easily produced harmonics which the performer can actually reach while still being able to play the keys. 

Using our custom KSP scripting you can opt to have the keyboard play either the notes you would expect, or the harmonic produced.

Mute Piano is an unexpectedly emotive timbre ; it seems to age the piano sound and give it a mournful, cinematic edge. It can also be very powerful and percussive at the extremes of the note range.

  • 4 Velocity layers, 3 Round Robins per note
  • Key-off ( dampers off ) samples with adjustable level control
  • KSP Jammer Module - generative arpeggiator
  • Full Synth Edit and Effects Panels


Bowed Piano ScreenOur bowed piano includes three articulations, two made with very long bows which are sustained (and the samples are looped).   We sampled a sustained bow at both a soft and very loud articulation.  We also include a short bow made from a tongue depressor and horsehair, which produces a short staccato sound. This instrument is incredibly versatile, able to emulate strings both real and synthesised, as well as some of the most organic, shifting, detailed textures you will hear anywhere.

  • Soft and Hard sustained bow articulations ( crossfade with mod wheel ) - 2 round robins
  • Short bows  - 3 round robins
  • KSP Glissando Module
  • Full Synth Edit and Effects Panels


Plucked Piano ScreenThis is a technique in which 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. The picked sound is very clean and pure, and  sounds very close to a harpsichord. Used with a KSP Strummer script it can sound Harp - like or guitar-like, depending on strumming action.

The collection also includes a bonus 'Hybrid ' Instrument, the Plucksichord. This features the plucked guitar undamped samples with the Key-off samples from Mute Piano. This produces an interesting harpsichord-eqsue behavior which can be heard in the 'Scarlatti'  audio demo.

  • Open and Damped Samples - 5 Round robins per note
  • Keyswitched damping with individual level control
  • KSP Strummer Module for realistic strummed performance - move mod wheel to strum the piano
  • 'Plucksichord' Hybrid bonus instrument
  • Full Synth Edit and Effects Panels


Mallet Piano ScreenA piano of course has internal mallets itself (made of hard felt), but you can also hit the strings with foreign mallets to produce a different timbre.   For this collection we recorded hitting the strings with a wooden mallet, and with a marimba mallet.  The wooden mallet has a timbre reminiscent reminiscent of honky-tonk or "thumb tack" pianos, like those used in ragtime during the 1920's (or Nancarrow's player piano).


  • Wood and Marimba Mallet articulations - 3 round robin samples per note
  • Keyswitched with individual level control of each articulation
  • KSP Jammer Module - generative arpeggiator tool
  • Full Synth Edit and Effects Panels


SFX Piano ScreenWe also recorded a large collection of strums and scrapes, but these are not always pitched, or else include large clusters that are difficult to map as a traditional instrument.  For this reason, we've named this collection of sound "SFX", and there are 127 different strums and scrapes included, one for every MIDI note. The SFX instrument is a ready-to-go soundscape, each key reverberating with the full frequency-range of a grand piano cabinet being abused. We include a KSP 'key-shuffle' function, to quickly re-sort the key-mapping for creative composition and performance.

  • 127 Keys of Strummed and scraped Piano sounds

  • KSP Shuffle Function - randomly rearrange keyboard for creative performance

  • Full Synth Edit and Effects Panels

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I worked with 'prepared' pianos years ago, so I know what an exotic world the piano can create. This is a wonderful package of a number of the piano's sonic potentials. And, like many of Soniccouture's efforts, it's put together with expertise and joy. Terrific.


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  • macOS 10.14 oder höher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 oder Apple M1 (native)
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB empfohlen)


  • Windows 10 oder höher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 oder ähnliche CPU
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB empfohlen)

Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AAX

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