Breitler Switzerland Music Box

A music box, recorded with high sensitivity microphones to capture every detail.........

The story

My dad bought a bunch of these small music boxes many years ago, thinking he would put one into a carpentry project, perhaps as a gift to someone. But they’ve been gathering dust in the basement all the way since his initial thought occurred to him, until I stumbled upon them.

I don’t know what melodies are imprinted onto most of these music boxes, maybe they’re nursery rhymes from my dads upbringing up bringing in Denmark, because I do recognize one. I believe it’s a rhyme about a bear that’s sleeping, which he used to sing to me and my brother when we were very young.

I recorded the music box by stopping the gears, making it play note by note, in my parents atelier in Norway, that me and my dad built together actually. The ateliers birch walls and ceiling gives the room a beautiful, but not overwhelming reverberation. I recorded winding the gears in different speeds, and additionally, took the music box apart to record the subtle mechanical noise the springs and gears generate, you can play this on a lower register. I also tried my best to capture the rooms reverb, by recording a clap that can be used for convolution reverb. I used a pair of Lom Uši Pro to capture everything.

These music boxes never turned into any carpentry project nor gift, but perhaps my recording of it can be a gift to the Pianobook community.

Breitler Switzerland Music Box Demo

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  • Beautiful

    I own a lot of small bell / glockenspiel virtual sampled instruments but I have never heard one with such a nice rich texture and interesting timbre like this one! I love it :)

    pzkmsc09 January 2022
  • Inspiring

    Great sounds, really authentic and cool

    Noah Barton25 December 2021
  • FANTASTIC

    ABSOLUTELY GREAT PLUGIN!! Sound is phenomenal and super clear

    ducky04 January 2022
  • Pretty great sound but could have used another round robin

    The sound of this music box is really great. Especially the kind of motor noise that comes along with it that brings so much character. There are also little imperfections and noises baked into certain notes that add a lot of character as well. I really think this could have used another round robin though. Of course the more the better but i think even one more would have made huge difference. There arent any to my ear and this becomes especially apparent of notes like Eb3 where you hear the exact same little artifact noise every time you hit the key. I also agree with alex about the Pad. Although its nice sounding i wish we had ability to fully take away the attack of the note and have it just be a pad instead of the normal notes with a big reverb tail. The reverses although not very controllable are really cool sounding too. I would definitely be interested in an update of this with another round robin or two. Great job

    septemberwalk25 December 2021
  • Almost magical

    Love the idea of this, particularly with mechanical noises available separately. Although I like the sound of the room I would have actually liked the recording to have be drier - simply because it would have made it more flexible, certainly for media use anyway. Also, as others have said, having the mechanical noise trigger as soon as a note was played was problematic for me. Need to up my Kontakt skills so I can work out how to remove it. Other than that a lovely sound and great idea.

    Mark Lord27 December 2021
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