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.



193 in stock


Audio Demos

  1. Falling Into Blue (Dressed) Jason Cullimore 1:55
  2. Time Flies (Dressed) Ian Dorsch 1:04
  3. Waltz of the Horse Tornado (Dressed) Brad Jerkins 1:55
  4. Time Flies (Naked) Ian Dorsch 1:05
  5. Falling Into Blue (Naked) Jason Cullimore 1:55
  6. A Dollhouse Life (Dressed) Henning Nugel 0:56
  7. Meet Fred the Ghost (Naked) Frank Herrlinger 2:09
  8. Claustrophobic (Dressed) Blake Ewing 1:08
  9. Labyrinth Andrew Aversa & Steven Burns 1:15
  10. Waltz of the Horse Tornado (Naked) Brad Jerkins 1:55
  11. Claustrophobic (Naked) Blake Ewing 1:08
  12. Curiosity (Naked) Andrew Aversa 1:07
  13. Lurker (Naked) Steven Burns 1:20

Product Info


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


1.2GB of disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

Kontakt 4+ Full Version

This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player.

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Kontakt Requirements - Windows

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.



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

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.


Curio – 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)