You know the tiny little scraping sounds that you get when you push a foot switch? Well, these are those, but slowed down and tuned into stereo monsters. The raw material for these sounds was left-overs from trying to get a good sample of a foot-switch, but, as often happens, it is everything except what you wanted that is actually usable. It seems that foot-switches are a bit like triangles – there’s one ‘classic’ sound, and it is hard to record properly so that it has exactly the right characteristic sound that people expect. However, in the process, lots of other sounds gets recorded too – and this is where the ‘gold’ is hidden. No need for a rainbow, either. The ‘OnOffScrapes2’ instrument is moody, atmospheric and scary, and not at all suited for nice melodic hooks. As with the original ‘OnOffScrapes’, this is a second learning exercise for David Hilowitz’s excellent ‘Decent Sampler’.


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Moody, atmospheric and scary sounds made from pedal footswitches

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