A collection of instruments and textures created from an amplified music box.

The story

Last year I had the idea to amplify my cheap music box I had bought while I was looking for interesting things to sample. I already loved the LABS music boxes, so I didn’t see any reason to try and capture a “normal” sounding music box. One day I had the bright idea to amplify it, so in what I can only imagine is the least conventional way possible, I played the music box through my fender amp. I used my guitar pick-ups to send the signal though my pedals and into the amp, which as you might imagine resulted in quite a lot of unwanted noise. Still, the results were interesting and I found myself enjoying the sample instruments I made.

Recently I get myself a cheap stick on pick up and tried this little experiment again. This time using my Zoom H1n audio recorder instead of the SM57 I used last time, with the hope of minimising any noise by effectively eliminating the entire signal chain, seemed to work!

I don’t have a lot of guitar pedals, and the majority of them are drive pedals, so I also plugged the music box straight into logic and used Guitar FX, some reverbs, delays, etc.

AMB instruments – Recorded straight into Logic
AMB2 – Recorded through my pedalboard and amp.

Reviews for AMB2

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  • Improvement from version 1

    This version has some patches where you can clearly hear the attack of the note and the transient, something i wanted out of the first one. Again these are really awesome textures and really weird delays and modulations happening. The pitched delay swells are so weird and cool. Some of the patches gave me a bit of a tycho analog bell patch type vibe. Just like the first version it can get a bit muddy in the bottom end but that's to be expected in anything when playing many notes down there with reverb. Just be aware of how you voice things down there and stuff like that

    septemberwalk25 October 2021
  • A music box and so much more!!

    Love this sample pack! On the surface, this is a lovely sounding music box, but sampling it through all of those different effects boosts it to a new level! These sounds are super inspiring, and each offers a wealth of possibilities. This sample pack deserves more attention!

    Sam Ecoff18 October 2021
  • Shimmers, glimmers, pads and more!

    I personally have never thought of applying such major sound design to a cute musicbox. Inside you will find 7 fantastic patches that apply many effects on a musicbox. I couldn't manage to locate any noise, but keep in mind that the sounds are very synthetic and wet. On top of that, keep in mind that those patches come with no controls whatsoever, so you are only left with those as presets. They are pretty damn interestin though!

    Alex Raptakis23 October 2021