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_broken hammers

_broken hammers gives you the lowest-fi piano instrument and the sounds of pure piano destruction for Ableton Live.


We sampled an upright piano the very same day it was going to the garbage dump. The samples we captured were the last notes it ever played. We thought it was fitting to record all 88 keys with contact microphones. These types of microphones are inherently lo-fi, and capture a very dry and focused "vibrating" sound, from every thump, to every rattle. No keys were in good shape, and some keys were really rough sounding, but we embraced the deterioration. Let's just say, it's really, really charming sounding. When it came to tuning, we attempted to have each note as tuned as it could be before recording, but the overtones and shifting colours from key to key are still quite unpredictable.


We also destroyed the piano with a sledgehammer, hand saw, drill, pick axe, and various other tools of destruction. It was a lot of fun, and for a great cause. These 101 different sounds of piano annihilation are seriously unique.


Bringing the piano notes into Ableton was next, and we came up with an instrument with a lot of range when it comes to lo-fi vibes. We think you'll enjoy using it. Let's just say that MIDI velocity works wonders.


Bringing the 101 smash sounds into another sampler instrument was simple enough, but we also built a generative/random, multi-layered smash designer instrument as well. Use it at your own risk!


And this is a piano, uh, they can't touch.

Break it down.


Thank you to Mehul for the vocals on the sound demo!


• 88 "broken" piano samples. (188MB)

• 101 piano smash samples. (140MB)

• 1 Ableton Live 11 Suite session.

• 1 Ableton 11 Sampler piano instrument with custom effects.

• Ableton 11 piano smash/impact instrument.

• 1 Ableton 11 generative/random piano smash/impact instrument.

• Macro controls and macro presets for each instrument.

• 96k/24bit .wav sources.

• 100% Royalty-Free.

• Designed in Vancouver, Canada by Subsocial Studios.



For best results, we recommend updating to the latest version of Ableton Live for patch/preset compatibility.


Ableton error messages such as, "Only audio effects can be placed in this kind of track." or, "Preset can not be loaded. It's probably broken." - usually indicate that our presets were made in a version of Ableton that is newer than yours. If you run into issues, please contact us for help!


Important: Ableton Live files are not backwards compatible. We generally create new releases in the current version of Ableton Live. Currently, all of our Ableton releases are for version 11.0 or greater. Using older versions of Ableton Live will most likely not allow you to use our newest releases. Consider updating your version of Ableton to the latest version to ensure good compatibility.


Some of our Ableton releases are for specific editions of Ableton only (Intro, Standard, Suite). Please ensure you have the correct version before purchasing.

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