Free Ableton Live Pack #73: Mom’s Piano

A Ghostly, Glitchy, LoFi, and Bursting-with-Character Piano for Ableton Live

My mother has a beautiful baby grand piano.  Though I’d feel a bit dishonest calling myself a pianist, I love getting a chance to sit down at this piano to bang out some melodies.  As much time as I spend playing around with synthesizers and digital instruments, there really is nothing quite like the sound of an acoustic instrument.  Over the holidays, I sampled a couple of octaves on this piano, while my mother, grandmother, and aunt were in the kitchen having a conversation over a cup of tea. As the notes decay, you can hear their voices in the background, which I think adds a ton of character to this instrument.

Bringing Life to the Instrument…

I’m not one for trying to create pristine and studio-clean, sterile instruments.  There are plenty of places you can find those kind of sounds; I prefer to offer something a bit different and unique.  This free Ableton Instrument is a great example of that.  I spent some time creating effects and modulations that will bring these piano samples to life with organic movement and personality.  First, the samples loop around forwards and reverse.  You can morph between two different samples of each octave.  One of my favorite sound design features of Sampler is the Key Zone Shift (pictured below), it allows you to really change the timbre of your instrument.  There is a knob for that control.  I’ve also added some aftertouch control over the pitch.  As you press on the keys, they drift slightly in tune.  (This should be a lot of fun on Push).

ableton sampler key zone shift afrodjmac

Sampler’s Key Zone Shifter can dramatically alter the sound of the instrument.


 A Call for Reinforcements

The instrument sounds cool on its own, but the samples are a little lacking in the low end (I recorded them using my iPad with a Tascam field recording mic attached).  To counteract that, I placed a Simpler in the instrument rack with a triangle wave sample inside.  There is some modulation to the Simpler to help give it some movement.  Finally I decided to do one more thing: create another version of this instrument that sounds a bit glitchier.  So all in all you get two instrument racks to play around with!  I hope you enjoy it, and please send along any music you create with it; I’d love to hear where my mom’s piano goes!   download

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Mom’s Piano


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  • JM-DG

    That’s one crazy awesome instrument you got there! WOW!

    • AfroDJMac

      Thanks JM-DG! I prefer crazy awesome :)

  • Eenai

    I love your live packs! you are the best thing to ever happen to my musical creation experience!
    If I lived near you, I would SOOOOO see your shows!
    you are awesome. Thank you!

    • AfroDJMac

      That’s really nice of you to say, and means a lot. I’m glad you are enjoying the goods :)

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  • Balázs

    Hello AfroDJMac
    Is it good for Live 7.03 version?
    Thanks for your answer.

    • AfroDJMac

      I don’t know, I kinda doubt it though…

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  • Download Subscription-Slave

    i gave my in my mail, but since the whole day i am waiting for the downloadlink in my inbox. still not yet sent.
    i find your topspinmedia-widget halfway criminal and useless nerving.
    i gave you my ‘data’ and you gave me nothing for it.

    i am YOUUUR Subscribe-Slave now… thanx for that … **** ….

    • AfroDJMac

      Well now that I have your servitude, maybe you can send me your email so I can straighten this out. Hit me up at and I’ll get it to you.

  • AaronCrossNZ

    I cannot for the life of me find a download link…

    • AfroDJMac

      The Black and Blue download box is at the bottom of the post, just above the giant picture of the piano.

      • AaronCrossNZ

        Ahh thanks, my anti adverts thing was blocking it. Thanks for providing these cool addons. Most appreciated!

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  • Qtz

    Hey men i have not received the link yet :(

  • Tony

    I can’t seem to find the download link for this pack.

    • AfroDJMac

      I changed it, Check again! Thanks!

  • Fernando Ponce

    hey i cant seem to find the download ink please help

    • AfroDJMac

      I changed it, for some reason a lot of people aren’t seeing it. Check again! Thanks!