St. Helen’s Clarinet Pad

St. Helen’s Clarinet Pad


This instrument is the perfect example of two instruments, lacking that special something by themselves, coming together to form a beautiful whole.

I had asked my friend Catriona, a seasoned clarinet teacher at St. Helen and St. Katharine in Oxfordshire, to provide some breathy samples for me. I always tended to shy away from this instrument in composition. I’m not sure why, it just never moved me the way, say, an oboe did, but it does have this lovely, fragile, autumnal and woody tone.

The other instrument was created by me (very not a string player) playing (very badly) a very scratchy note on a viola (later discovered to be G#6). I fed this into PaulStretch and added some tape saturation and splosh. Again, a cool instrument, but incomplete by itself.

On blending the two together, the viola pad, mixed a little lower, made a perfect reverb bed for the clarinet instrument. So here it is as a multi – pre-blended, but feel free to dial in the amounts yourself.

A perfect instrument to mark drawn-in evenings and clocks going back.


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5.0 rating
December 16, 2020

Really great instrument, captures the low breathiness of a close mic clarinet but puts it in the context of a distant pad.

Ed Truckell

beautiful landscapes

4.0 rating
December 15, 2020

This instrument is beautiful and suitable to create very effective and emotional soundscapes.
Thank you very much for your gift 🙂



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