kontakt-fullA hidden world of sound generated from a miniature toy piano, prepared, mangled and deconstructed to create tonal textures, sweeps, ambiances, impacts, deep percussion, and more! Perfect for film, TV, and game scoring.

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Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano
Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano – Equalizer
Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano – Delay
Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano – Filter


  • Intimate micing
  • 23 unique instrument patches for KONTAKT 4+
  • Deep-sampled mallets and plucks
  • Bowed ambience, tapping, shaking textures
  • Processed and natural percussive hits
  • Tonal and atonal textures / sweeps
  • Deep bass plucks and FX
  • Hybrid airy/synthesized and chromatic sounds
  • 1,400+ samples available as both NCW and standalone WAV for further mangling


  • Beautiful and inspiring scripted interface
  • Seven FX and processors, MIDI controllable
  • Multi-mode filter and envelope
  • Easy 3-band EQ for quick shaping
  • Tempo synced delay tap
  • Spatial and modulation FX


  • Requires KONTAKT 4 (full version, not player) or higher
  • Requires 1.2GB disk space
  • Introduction & Patch Walkthrough


Welcome to CURIO: Cinematic Toy Piano, a rare collection of custom-designed tonal and atonal material for Kontakt 4+. Designed by Ali Lacey, Curio features a miniature grand piano recorded naturally, then prepared, deconstructed, and mangled beyond recognition using acoustic and electronic sound design techniques.

In addition to atmospheric plucks, haunting and subtle mallet hits, and other traditional chromatic sounds, Curio contains a huge variety of percussive hits. These sounds, which range from light taps to earth-shaking subs, are ideal for epic cues and subtle underscore alike. The beautiful UI provides further editing controls, allowing for instant customization and shaping of any sound with just a few clicks.

With over +1400 samples provided in both NCW and WAV format (for further editing and mangling), Curio is a treasure trove of inspirational material.

Interface & Engine

he Curio interface includes a wide range of toggled effects along with an ADSR envelope. These features in tandem provide a powerful way to shape and create sounds out of the pre-existing patches in Curio.


Impact Soundworks - Curio Review - Film and Game Composers

"If you've heard the other libraries available from [ISW] you know their sound design skills are very good. Listening to [Curio] makes me hold them in even higher regard... to create such diverse sounds from a little toy piano is nothing short of amazing. [It] never sounds 'created', 'mangled' or 're-sampled' ... all sounds are in a way their perfect representation of themselves ... I really like the palette of sounds, and there are many to choose from ... Don’t let the words 'Toy Piano' fool you, this isn’t a toy, it’s a tool. A very well made tool for the cinematic composer." Thomas Mavian (Film and Game Composers)