Jen-Co Vibes

Jen-Co Vibes


This is a recording of an old vibraphone I’ve had in my house for a long time. There aren’t any actual vibraphonists around, but it’s nice to keep it set up so people can play a few notes when they walk by. It’s a smaller instrument made in the late 1950’s (or so I’ve been told), and it has a creaky, not-quite-professional quality sound. It has a lot of character i think.
The recording was captured with a pair of Josephson small diaphragm condensers in a stereo configuration. The instrument includes knobs for the depth and speed of the vibrato (in real life the motor on this thing hasn’t worked for years..), a control for the sustain level, a filter control, and a knob to adjust the instrument’s distance from the listener. This is achieved by adjusting the stereo image and the very subtle use of convolution reverb.


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nice warm and Steve Reich-tastic!

5.0 rating
April 1, 2021

Will be making good use of it!


An unforgettably spooky instrument

4.0 rating
February 26, 2021

Nothing moves me quite like the sound of a vibraphone. But this one doesn’t only have one sound, it can go almost anywhere from a soft wash to an almost steel drum-like metallic attack. Any instrument that comes with a ‘Darkness’ dial gets my vote and one that adds ‘Distance’ gets an electoral college vote as well. The convolution reverb is gentle but effective. I particularly love the speed and depth of the vibrato. I wanted to create something that evoked the mood and atmosphere of a busker playing in the echoey tunnels of an underground train station and Jen-Co Vibes gave me just what I was after. Thank you, Richard.

Chris Bell (wordsSHIFTminds)


A characterful vibraphone with a range of controls

4.5 rating
4.5 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
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