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#1 Cuphands



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Posted 01 August 2009 - 01:49 AM

So I bought myself a toy piano for using it's cutesy, high pitched sounds for vile evil purposes.

Only to find out that there are no sharps and flats (i.e. the black keys are there, but they just don't do anything) and that the keys aren't the most reponsive. I.e. sometimes they are willing to create a sound, at others the piano remains silent. LAME!

Enter a daft idea. I mic'ed up the piano and recorded all the notes with 3 types of attack each (i.e. a 'soft touch', a 'neutral touch' and a 'hard punch-like-stab-to-the-little-plastic-keys') and pitch shifted the closest notes to the missing black key notes. Then I loaded it in a sampler (Kontakt3, people mad enough to want this NKI patch can mail me) and made all the arrangements for the samples to be triggered by MIDI data.

The Bontempi toy piano and below the MIDI controller that will later on trigger it's sounds.

Long story short:

now using a MIDI controller / keyboard you can comfortably control a 1.5 octave toy piano, with access to enharmonic notes and touch sensitivity...


You can hear me play some nonsense on a MIDI keyboard, where the output are the sampled notes. I turned on some delay from a Lexicon PSP84 during the end for added atmosphere, the beauty of having a 'toy piano' in the electronic domain is that sound can now be processed by racks / pedals / software, god knows what.

Recording a toy piano...

Yes, I realise I'm a tit. I even skipped breakfast for doing this. One should never skip breakfast.

The toy piano in action

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 08:54 AM

you sir are an insane genius


        ^^latest musics^^

go on give it a listen, it's good.


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Posted 01 August 2009 - 01:47 PM

Man...........................thats almost a Hammond B3. dry.gif

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 10:23 PM

You are good at bricolage Igor biggrin.gif

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 12:17 PM

The only good thing is that the g/f now goes "Oh you don't actually need the toy piano anymore now you can control it from that other thing ? Good, it looked stupid, can't you do that with the rest too ?".

No I can't!!


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 04:27 PM

that sound was awsome , like a nasty little music box that tears your flesh away from your face as you are mesmerised by the beauty of its evilness.
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 03:10 PM

the damn thing should have had sharps and flats. how do they expect kids to learn with this?
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 02:14 AM

that is awsome, but maybe painting it would make it seem better idk, and yeah as said above, it should of had sharps and flats now kids and gonna be like wth is a sharp and a flat?! but we can teach them that after but it be better with flats and sharps and if it was more responsive...

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:07 PM

Holy crap!!! More like two of the best spent hours of your life. What an interesting project

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 12:38 PM

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:15 AM

My positing ability has been disabled indefinatly.

That could easily be justified by either your user-name or your spelling ability.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:37 AM

My positing ability has been disabled indefinatly.

That could easily be justified by either your user-name or your spelling ability.


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Posted 14 March 2011 - 03:54 AM

Stop being silly in my thread! :angry:

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:57 PM

I am suffering from this EXACT same problem right now. I bought this Do-it-yourself music box kit off ThinkGeek... It simply says on the site that everything needs to be transposed into the key of C. Only did I find out after I bought it that it had a fucking diatonic scale.

I wept for many hours.

One of my secrets is that I'm obsessed with wind-up/clockwork things. This includes music boxes. I've wanted to buy a Final Fantasy music box for years now, but the cheapest even on ebay are over $300 because they're all limited edition collectors items. Hell with that noise. The music is beautiful, but I'm creative... So I bought this thinking I would transpose some of Nobuo Uematsu's music, except him being a genius and all that, he uses LOTS of sharps and flats. It was impossible to transpose anything.

But then.. a ray of hope. I've managed to transpose the melody of one song. I am now going to attempt to get accompaniment together and the entire song made up (yes, I will be taping several strips of paper together to get this done). And by god it is going to happen.

I will keep you updated...sometime in the next year. :rolleyes:

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