After being inspired by Christians YouTube content and a university lecture from the founder of Slate & Ash, over lockdown I put my free time over lockdown into learning more about how to develop sample instruments to release on my website tomparrymusic.com/shop. I’ve been wanting to contribute to the PianoBook community for some time and feel like I now have the knowledge and skills to do so.
Here’s my first contribution, Distant Brass. The idea for this instrument came from sorting through some stuff at my dads childhood home after my grandmother went into care. My grandfather played trombone, trumpet and soprano cornet in many local big bands and brass bands throughout his life and when he passed away many of his instruments remained in the house. Whilst recording for one of my commercial guitar libraries in my grandmas house during lockdown I found one of his old cornets and decided to sample one note of it. I’m not a cornet player, so this is all I could really get out of it. I experimented with barely blowing the cornet and managed to produce a ‘flutter’ like timbre that sounded very harmonically different to the normal way of playing.
I recorded this with a matched stereo pair of Rode M5 microphones running in to the Xenyx preamps of my Behringer 1002B mixer. When I finally finished the commercial instrument I was working on at the time, I wanted to see if I could make something out of this one sample. I processed it through multiple reverbs, filters and pitch plugins to create the muted distant timbre with three velocity layers. The Kontakt UI comes with filter cutoff and resonance controls along with ADSR envelope controls and a reverb send control. Although this instrument is only made with one sample its still extremely characterful and usable as demonstrated in the short piece I composed with it. It’s available in EXS and Kontakt formats and requires Kontakt 6.2 or later.
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