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Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano
A 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.


Curio - Key Features
  • 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
  • Intimate micing
  • Beautiful scripted interface
  • Envelopes, filters and user-controlled FX
  • 1,400+ samples available as both NCW and standalone WAV for further mangling

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Products are delivered digitally, shipping optional.


Bundles and Product Formats


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.

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The demos below showcase Curio in a variety of contexts. "Dressed" demos incorporate other instrumentation, while "Naked" or unlabeled demos feature nothing but Curio. Enjoy!

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curio UI

The 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.

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Introduction & Walkthrough


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Below are required & recommended system specs for Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano.

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

Download the Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano product manual.

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If you have heard the other libraries available from Impact Soundworks you know that their sound design skills are very good. Listening to the sounds in this library makes me like them even more and hold them in even higher regard. Here I know what they have sampled and to create such diverse sounds from a little toy piano is nothing short of amazing. And the sounds never sounds “created”, “mangled” or “re-sampled”, just sampled. Hard to describe but all sounds are in a way their perfect representation of themselves. Makes sense? I hope so, it’s hard to describe. I really like the palette of sounds though, and there are many sounds to choose from.

Don’t let the words “Toy Piano” fool you, this isn’t a toy, it’s a tool. It is a very well made tool for the cinematic composer.Thomas Mavian, Film and Game Composers

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