Spitfire Audio changes tack and delivers the Jangle Piano, another Beatles Abbey Road favourite, to your DAW

Spitfire Audio has followed-up its emulation of the so-called Mrs Mills Piano by bringing you another classic Abbey Road Studios keyboard instrument - the Jangle Box Piano. This forms part of the company’s Originals plugin series.

This famous Challen ‘studio’ piano is slightly smaller than a standard upright, and was used by The Beatles on The Fool on the Hill. In fact, you’ll hear it across the Magical Mystery Tour and White albums.

Its name comes from the fact that the ‘jangle’ piano features brass-tipped strips of felt that can be dropped between the hammers to create a hard, percussive tone. It can also be played without these; in this guise the sound is darker and more mellow, with long sustain.

Spitfire Audio’s plugin gives you close, room and vintage signals, with the last of these comprising samples that were captured using vintage ‘60s equipment.

The six presets cover both tack and non-tack modes, and the six controls include the option to adjust the volumes of the sustain pedal and hammers. There are also Expression, Dynamics, Reverb and Tightness controls.

Find out more on the Spitfire Audio website. The Jangle Box Piano weighs in at 8GB and is available now priced at $29/£29/€29.

Spitfire Audio Jangle Piano

(Image credit: Spitfire Audio)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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