The idea for Whack Attack was developed after I recently discovered the wonderfully unique tuned percussion instrument, the Boomwhacker.
Having recorded a whole host of samples using the Boomwhacker C Major Diatonic Scale set, with various beaters including drum sticks, hands, pieces of wood and various metal objects (to hear how the transients changed), I would never have thought that the chosen sample would be C2 Spoon #take_11!
C2 Spoon #take_11 has since been renamed and pitched across the keyboard, and Whack Attack was born.
Boomwhacker > Spoon > Sontronics Sigma 2 > UA Apollo > Logic Pro
With control over reverb, delay and attack, Whack Attack can go from sounding incredibly percussive to having an airy, almost wind instrument feel to it when adjusting the sample attack.
Available as a Kontakt instrument (version 6.3.1) but you can easily drag the audio file into the sampler of your choice.
It will be great to hear how you can make use of it!
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It's like a kind of marimbair: A marimba but with air
The first demo I made for this (I may yet make more) features the Whack Attack exclusively because… well, I just wanted to prove to myself I could. I even made a sort of snare sound out of it. I had a lot of fun – it’s an instrument with attitude. As Chris Cook says in his description, plenty of variation is possible with subtle and/or dramatic adjustment of the attack, delay and reverb controls. So much so, in fact, that by adding my favourite plugin effects I was able to make each Whack Attack track (alliteration is one of this instrument’s strong points) distinctly different from the others. And I love the flute-like tail-end the notes have. Thanks, Chris!