Eclectic Mandolin

A Mandolin from the late 1800’s with a certain rustic charm....

The story

This Mandolin from the late 1800’s was a wedding gift from my wife, so obviously there is some sentimentality involved! But that aside, it definitely has a certain rustic charm about it. I’ve recorded with it MANY times.

For this one however, I wanted to make an instrument that did not necessarily sound like a mandolin. I was working on a world music project and wanted something sounding more uh… worldly in nature. And ‘Eclectic Mandolin’ was born. I recorded the Mando multiple times with two velocity layers. I used a Telefunken Copperhead mic and an Avalon 737 Pre. I re-amped some of the recordings through an old Fender amp. I wanted to process each group slightly differently to created random unpredictability . It’s very raw, slightly out of tune (on purpose) and to me sounds more like a Kora at times, than a Mandolin. There is a muted version which is my favorite one, and also a sustained one. There are two pitched down versions that I combined into one multi called “Low And Wide” .
I also included an Ensemble Multi which features them all together! And last, I created a pad using multiple reversed loops from different groups.

I hope you enjoy this strange, little instrument!


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  • An Amazing Solo Mandolin!

    I've got used to Joshua's pads and ambient combinations, so I was surprised to see such a well-done solo instrument. Everything about it is real nice. It is on the "muted" side, unless you hit it real hard. But again that's part of its personality and I really like it! I was also a big fan of the idea of having one additional patch set an octave down. I see lots of potential uses on this one, so I highly recommend it! With that said, I was not that surprised by the pad sound. It's nice but it does well on its own, and not too well if you combine them together.

    Alex Raptakis16 October 2021
  • My first Mandolin sound

    Very well sampled, smooth patch, easy to use. I especially like the bass, which can give a sub-bass-like effect.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Wonderful!

    This sounds wonderful, I liked the tapestry pad as well, nice touch. Not sure where it will live yet but I'm excited to find its first musical home.

    Max13 October 2021