Bowed Cuatro

Textures created from a bowed Cuatro.

The story

Hi! This is one of the very first instruments I made. I was working on a feature film and I was desperate for something raw and indie but not electronic to use as drones and tension textures. I decided to bow my trusty Cuatro (kinda like a baritone Ukelele) and process it through my Mutable Instruments rings and clouds (with pitch shifting delays).

I made about 13 patches raging from soft bowed strings and tense tremolandos to pads and arpeggiated patterns. All are single samples, no round robins or velocity layers, nothing fancy, just long tension stuff.

Notes between the (parenthesis) correspond to the original pitch of the sample. Feel free to create new instruments from these samples, I would love to checkout what you make with it!

CC1 is mapped to the filter’s cut off frequency and CC11 is mapped to Kontakt instrument Vol.

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  • Organic scratchy textures

    I used to never download these creepy sounds because they have no place in my music but since organizing my pianobook folder into categories im starting to look at these in a new light. Theyre great to have around if im ever working on something that calls for these kinds of horror sounds. This instrument is really interesting and organic. You get a bunch of different scratchy bowed textures with different playing styles throughout. Lots of interesting artifacts, trememlo and vibrato really bring these sounds to life. The GUI also offers a really nice amount of control. Great for suspense or anything creepy

    septemberwalk10 November 2021
  • Creepy bowed sounds

    This sample pack includes 11 presets with bowed sounds. They're all pretty aggressive like they've been really heavily compressed and limited. The GUI is really deep and you'll find just about every editing feature you could wish for. Not all of the sounds are recorded equally well. Some of the samples sound as though the mic position wasn't quite right, and some samples are really noisy. There's some interesting stuff here, and it's a great first attempt at creating a sample pack.

    Sam Ecoff23 October 2021
  • Not well defined but definitely interesting

    Honestly I'd be happy even if it only feautred the Bowed patches, but you get much more than that. Before you do anything, be sure to lower your main output volume because it can get extremely loud - especially if you include the noise-adding keyswitches on the top range. You can definitely use such sounds in horror folk or even sci-fi scenarios, depending on how much you want to be involved with sound design.

    The heavily customized Photosynthesis GUI offers some VERY deep configurations and settings, although to be honest you won't really need all of those. I'd actually prefer something more personalized and minimal, with a more clear perspective on what the creator wants to share with the community.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021