Thumb Piano
by Ph D(J )Music
2.7 / 5     (9 votes)
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It is a Thumb Piano, aka Mbira and originates from Africa.

I used a photo of the actual instrument I have, recorded and edited the actual notes to use with the vsti.  I have added some sound shaping tools (ADSR, chorus, and pitch shifter) as well.  You can down load the free vsti plugin dll at by clicking on the image of the thumb piano below.
Gotoguy Nov 18 2021
(5 / 5)
Nov 18 2021
I love this! Thank you for the obviously hard work the developer put in to this, and that they've decided to let us use it for free.
freddy harry Nov 10 2019
(5 / 5)
Nov 10 2019
Feb 12 2019
IT works well in VSTHOST, 7notes on the keyboard, and will do the trick with a little reverb, nice to have for a wee bit of Africa's sounds, thank u
Vulani Mar 24 2015
(2 / 5)
Mar 24 2015
I only give 2 stars because you've managed to get the sound right. This plugin is definately a great start! I know you'll make it sound better. Try working on the 24key mbira, even you'll love that! Im even happy to contribute in any way.
Ph D(J) Music Oct 20 2013
Oct 20 2013
Thanks Tastenclown for pointing that out. The instrument has a configurable midi key start out point (66). This will equate to the first note at C2 octave F# key. I had not tried it out in LMMS but installed it to test it and it works fine in Windows XP. Luke, I hope you can get it to work OK. Thank you for trying it out.
Luke Aug 01 2013
(0 / 5)
Aug 01 2013
When I saw this plugin, I was super-excited because I've been looking everywhere for a kalimba sound. But this plugin was a big disappointment for me. Tried out in LMMS and the plugin is completely silent! I wish the plugin worked.
Tastenclown Oct 19 2013
Oct 19 2013
Hey, regarding the sound: It responds by default to Keys 66 to 72 (F#' to C''). You can change that in the "Midi" field. Yes, it makes sound!
Luke Jan 18 2014
Jan 18 2014
I guess it does have sound, albeit only seven of them. Thanks for responding, but seven still isn't much.
Lizz Feb 11 2013
Feb 11 2013
to be more specific it's originally from Zimbabwe, the word Mbira is from a Zimbabwean language called Shona
Ph D(J) Music May 26 2013
May 26 2013
Lizz, thanks for the clarifiction. Did you have a chance to use the plugin? Any comments regarding it? Thanks.