I'm trying to find some piano sound bank -for my childish experiments with sound - the most desired form is of course a number of .wav files, each one corresponding to a piano key - being a record of a real piano key sound. Is it possible to find such a thing? Preferably without any copyright issues.


The university of Iowa has recordings of separate piano notes in .aiff format.

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  • @RobertHarvey: yea it seems this will be easier. I don't get why they didn't make an archive of all the files, but oh well, there's always DownThemAll. – houbysoft Oct 3 '12 at 4:14
  • To normalize those recordings for length, volume, and start time, try: ffmpeg -i Piano.ff.Gb7.aiff -af loudnorm,silenceremove=start_periods=1:start_silence=0.05:start_threshold=-40dB,afade=out:st=3:d=1.5,afade=in:st=0:d=0.05 -to 4.5 out.m4a – William Entriken Feb 16 at 4:23

It should be easy enough to find a SoundFont that contains what you want, like this one.

Note that most SoundFonts bend each sample a few notes each way to cover the entire keyboard. If you want one .WAV for each note on the piano, the Fruity Loops Studio demo allows you to make the files by just opening the piano roll, making the note then saving it in whatever format you like.

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    I didn't know the term. Thanks a lot! – Art Aug 5 '11 at 4:36
  • As far as I understand now, soundFonts don't contain all notes - I mean not the whole piano range, but a number of notes that could be used to create sounds of all other notes by changing the pitch in between DFT and reverse DFT procedures or something of that kind - but still changing the pitch. Don't want to sound picky, but I continue my search. Though SoundFonts turned to be an interesting thing. – Art Aug 8 '11 at 5:46
  • @Art: did you find anything? I'm looking for the same thing – houbysoft May 1 '12 at 3:12
  • @houbysoft: What about the one I linked? :D – Robert Harvey May 1 '12 at 15:10
  • @RobertHarvey: The SoundFont doesn't seem to have all notes -- I'd prefer to have discrete .wav for instance, for every note. – houbysoft May 1 '12 at 18:29

I think this might help https://archive.org/details/SynthesizedPianoNotes

You can search in archive.org for more

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The Yamaha OLPC Disklavier set also exists.

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