Cinematic Prepared Piano

Randy's Prepared Piano features techniques used by LA studio musician, Randy Kerber      10/07/19

Cinesamples have released a new addition to their Artist Series. Randy's Prepared Piano is a collection of 3 pianos for Kontakt recorded at the MGM Scoring Stage and Hollywood Scoring Studios Stage in Los Angeles, California. It features various extended techniques used by Los Angeles studio musician, Randy Kerber.

Here’s more details direct from the company:

Several years ago at a recording session at The Bridge, we were recording Nami’s Theme, a spacious piano duet between Randy Kerber (piano, Randy's Celeste), and Amy Tatum (flute).  During one of the breaks, Randy started playing with some museum putty inside the piano, giving the instrument a delicate, masked and suggestively underwater tone.  It was such a clever and unusual sound that we decided to build an extended piano solo completely out of Randy’s prepared piano techniques in the middle of the duet (you can hear it at 2:34 in the Nami's Theme link above).  

We always spoke of recording a sample library of those sounds and more, and this year, we finally got around to it.  Renowned for his sensitivity and tone, Randy is one of the greatest film musicians of all time.  Though he mostly composes music now, we were able to get him down to the studio to lead this project.  We recorded the following sounds:

  •     Rubber Mallets on the strings
  •     Finger Muted strings
  •     Dimes placed between the strings
  •     Museum putty to create harmonics
  •     Fingered harmonics
  •     Light chains on the strings
  •     A metal bar placed between the strings
  •     Ping pong balls on the strings
  •     Hitting the cross bars
  •     String zingers (scraping the strings)
  •     Many dual piano samples


We hope you will enjoy his very unique perspective on cinematic prepared piano.

Pricing and Availability:

On sale at $99 (Regular price: $129)

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