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The Tack Piano

The Tack Piano

Everybody loves the sound of the good old Mrs Mills piano from Abbey Road Studios.
With a more percussive sound it’s often used to evoke the feeling of a honky-tonk, associated with ragtime pieces in old Hollywood Western movies.

The Tack Piano

We have the sound nailed

I remember hearing “In the Lost and Found” by Elliott Smith for the first time and falling in love immediately with the sound of a tack piano. I was obsessed to get the same sound and make a sample library out of it. That was when I released W-Honky back in 2010. It was a basic upright piano mixed with a synthesized metal sample to get the initial pluck. No round-robins, no velocity layers and no release samples were present in W-Honky. So, in 2015 I released the first version of The Tack which included release samples, round robin and built-in effects.

And today we release a new version of The Tack Piano.

The Tack Piano is completely re-sampled from scratch, it sounds better than ever and is now a completely authentic tack piano featuring a new GUI with top-notch features that makes it unbeatable and a dream come true for tack piano fans like myself.

Why you'll love The Tack Piano

This is the most comprehensive tack piano library ever created. Equally, at home in music, sound design or FX, the Tack Piano is like no other and a must-have addition to your piano collection.

The Tack Piano video
In action - See how The Tack Piano behaves in a real life situation.
  • Greg Wells
    “As someone who made my own real tack piano and also spent a lot of time on the Mrs. Mills piano at Abbey Road Studios, The Tack Piano sounds incredible and will get a lot of use when I'm away from my real one.”
    Greg Wells
    Adele, Katy Perry
  • Stephen Gallagher
    “If you've ever wanted a keyboard sound that can take you from the honky tonk saloons to the weird and haunted places of horror, then you definitely need The Tack Piano in your life!”
    Stephen Gallagher
    The Hobbit
  • Julian Kindred
    “Wavesfactory have crafted a quality bit of sound design with The Tack Piano. A beautiful piece of work for any composer or producer!”
    Julian Kindred
    Ellie Goulding

Audio demos

Mic positions

In this playlist you'll find a collection of ragtime pieces played with The Tack Piano. You can hear how the mic positions sound and how important it is to offer this as separate channels so you can choose or combine the perfect one for your track.


All songs by James Scott.

  • Mixer


    The Tack Piano features a full mixer with which you can control the three mic positions separately.

    Close, mid, far and mix. The mix channel is a combination of the close, mid and far so you can just use that one and save CPU.

    With load, purge, pan, volume, mute, solo, stereo width and output selector for mixing the different channels in your DAW.

  • Effects


    In the effects page you can add any effect you want in any order.

    Including EQ, compressors, modulation effects, distortion, saturation, tape machine, reverbs, amp simulators and more.

    This script boosts the sonic capabilities of the library exponentially. Easy to use in a simple and intuitive design.

  • Settings



    In the settings page you can control basically any parameter that you might ever need.

    Round-robin, velocity curve, mechanical noises and sound options like sympathetic resonance, timbre and dynamic range.

The Tack Piano perspective background

Authentic sound

The Tack Piano was recorded using a Yamaha U1 piano with a custom-built bar that holds the metallic pins just between the hammers and the strings.


14.22 GB

Round Robin:

Up to 6



Works with

Kontakt 5.7.3 and newer versions.
Full version of Kontakt required.
Kontakt Player will run in demo mode.

Mic positions

3 + mixdown

Velocity layers


Get The Tack Piano now!

And start using it today! For the full version of Kontakt only.

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