For years I’ve had this marching vibraphone on permanent loan from an old roommate. Not sure exactly where it came from but it’s probably best not to ask. I performed the vibes as quietly as possible with 3 different mallets (soft, medium and hard) and included multiple round robins.
The Soft sounds have a noticeable thump and flutter, perfect for percussive arpeggiation. The Medium sounds offer a nice blend of attack and sustain. The Hard samples are more focused and aggressive. When used sparingly they provide definition and clarity, helping the vibes cut through the mix.
My U47 clone was placed inches from the vibes for an up close, immediate sound. I blended in a small amount of my x/y configured KM84’s for depth and stereo imaging.
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Set the Vibes free
The demo sounds fantastic. Would love to see a DecentSampler or SFZ version for us non-Kontakt users. This would really set the Vibes free 😉
Great recording quality, easy to dial in and blend the three different mallets. Like a Fender Rhodes electric piano, vibes are able to blend with any instrument, particularly good with strings. Thank you!
inspiring and beautiful
What i like best about pianobook are instrument that immediately inspire me. And the gentle vibes is one of those.
From jazzy to dreamy, this one has it all.
It's a Jon Meyer so you just know
I’ve loved vibes since I first visited a jazz club in North Wales as a teenager and fell in love with that mellow, magical metal that seemed to be so much more than the effort that went into creating the sound (that, of course, was the deceptive part – good musicians always make what they do look simple). The atmosphere is all there, even if like me you don’t have the chops. By blending the different mallet sounds and judiciously adding effects it’s possible to evoke some of that nostalgic jazzy magic. I’ve been looking for a convincing vibraphone VST for a while and now I need look no further. Thanks, as always, Jon – you’ve done us a proper Hampton, if you’ll forgive the jazz slang.