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This instrument was created by sampling my own Hohner Pianet T electric piano, serial number 885041. (or 865041 - can't be sure) The samples have been recorded at 2 different velocities, nominally P and FF. Release samples have also been included - these were taken at a single velocity.
Some folks will be seeking the brighter sound of the Pianet N (and derivatives). The Pianet T has a very different tone to the N - it is more mellow, similar to a Rhodes played softly. On the other hand, the N sounds something like a Wurlitzer. Despite the fact that both types are called "Pianets", they have a very different sound.
All samples were taken at the jack, through a solid state preamplifier with a high impedance input.
This instrument lacks the dynamics of some other electric pianos, such as the Rhodes and Wurlitzer - the timbre and sound level do not change much with velocity. Hence, the decision to sample at only two velocity levels.
I recommend that the velocity switch point be set to suit your playing technique and keyboard.
The samples which have the suffix "plucked" were taken by manually plucking the reeds with a plastic toothpick. The reason for this is that there was insufficient adhesion between the rubber pads and the reeds. ;^) I feel that the change in the tone is extremely minute, and for me, quite negligible.
The normal range of this instrument is F1 (note number 29) to E6 (note number 88). I have extended the range down to A0 (the lowest note on a standard 88 note piano). I have not extended the upper range at all.
The real instrument does not have a sustain pedal, but I have enabled sustain.
Alternative sampler compatibility
Kontakt (full version – runs in demo mode in player version. Tested in V3.X only)
There was still some clicking artifacts in the release samples - this revision hopefully removes all the last traces of clicking.(!)
Release times for the sustained samples was set very low (1ms). This was causing clicks in Kontakt. Gigastudio limits this to about 7ms internally, so it wasn't a problem in Gigastudio.
Removed clicks from release samples