Sampleson has developed a method of sampling instruments and recreating them through spectral modelling. It can take a huge sample library and reduce it down to simple sine waves which can then recreate the exact timbre and behaviour of the instrument. They began with the Electra Piano T, then the Rhodes and Wurlitzer and this time it’s the turn of the Hohner Pianet T which is recreated as the Model T.
These continue to be quite remarkable. Each one sounds great. They are as pure and simple as the original instrument without all that mucking around with articulations, velocity switching and alternative sample sets. You just have their Organic Behaviour Algorithm recreating a detailed and authentic sound and a couple of processes.
The Hohner Pianet T was the simplest of electromechanical pianos of the 70s and 80s. It was based on reeds and generates a warm, bell-like but dark tone. All of the analysis done by Sampleson includes mechanical noises and all the lumps and bumps present in the original instrument. The original didn’t have a sustain pedal but this has been added. You have control over drive, reverb, velocity, mechanics and release. That’s it and it sounds beautiful.
You can try it out for free yourself or come up with the bargain price of $19.95 to own your own copy which you can download in an instant and get playing without having to wait for an enormous library to install. It comes with plug-in and standalone versions for MacOS and Windows.
I’ve enjoyed all their releases so far and look forward to what comes next.