In November 2020, I attached a slinky to my violin, effectively turning my home into a giant reverb tank. The resulting sound is dusty and metallic, but also hauntingly beautiful.
## About the sample
The sample libraries include both the slinky sound, and the dry room sound. In this way you can choose how conventional you want your The dry room sound was recorded with a stereo mic in standard X-Y pair pattern.
Available for Kontakt, SFZ, and Decent Sampler.
The library contains five versions of the patch:
– Slinky Violin: This is the basic version of the patch. It has two velocity layers. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin (forte layers only): The version just consists of the loud layers. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin (piano layers only): The version just consists of the soft layers. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin Duet: This version consists of both the soft and loud layers from the above sample being played at the same time. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin Duet (modwheel): Orchestral composers will want to start with this one. The dynamics in this patch are controlled by the modwheel (MIDI CC1). With the modwheel all the way down, you get just one violin. With the modwheel all the way up, you get both layers at full volume.
## About the experiment
Throughout the years, I’ve owned several guitar amps with built-in spring reverb, and I’ve always loved that twangy, metallic sound. Spring reverb in electric guitar amps works by taking the signal from a guitar’s pickups, amplifying it, passing it into one end of a long coil, picking it up at the other end, and then amplifying that signal some more. Because the internal coil is long and twisty, the sound waves don’t travel directly from one end of the reverb tank to another, but instead take their time and bounce around. This produces the characteristic reverb effect we’ve all come to know and love.
I’ve always wondered what a violin would sound like if it were subjected to a similar treatment. Of course, an acoustic violin is a bit more analog than an electric guitar – there is no pickup – which raises the question: what if you were to attach the spring directly to the body of the instrument you were trying to add reverb to? After seeing a Simon the Magpie Youtube video in which Simon attempted a similar experiment on his acoustic guitar, I knew exactly what I had to do. You can watch my experiment unfold in the video linked above.
And yes, I’ve since replaced the slinky I stole from my son. 😉
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Great String Texture
Added this to a load of other string samples in a recent theatre score project and it added a lovely tense upper register!
Somehow it's the Slinky
I’m not sure how it makes this violin sound so intimate but I guess it must be that Slinky tugging on my heart strings. He did it, then: David finally found a use for a Slinky that doesn’t involve stairs. And so much more musical, too.
I like this, a lot.
One in a million
Different from most, and refreshing. Makes a change from all the samey samey stuff. Brilliant.
This is now one of my favourites. This sounds utterly amazing. Thank you for taking the time to sample this for us all. This works really well with the Olafur Arnalds stuff i have.