Pads created from bowing and playing glass objects. Recorded with a Neumann U87, a DPA 4036 and a KM187 and processed through an Eventide Eclipse (V4) Harmonizer....

The story

“A condensed version of my final Undergraduate Degree Project, Ethanolia is the sounds captured from ‘singing’ and bowing of Gin Bowls, Wine Glasses and Champagne Flutes. I sampled this using three mic set-up, a Neumann U87, DPA 4036 and a KM187, which I then processed through an amazing Eventide Eclipse (V4) Harmonzier using settings such as ‘Rainbow Drops’ and ‘Diamond Rain’ which added random pitch and rhythmic effects.

I was able to create 4 different instruments from these sounds, two of which I am submitting to PianoBook: A general Pad and legato Lead.

The mod wheel (CC1) can be used to crossfade between sample layers on both instruments. The Lead is currently set in Legato mode however feel free to change this setting in EXS24 should you wish to use multiple voices.”


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  • Made It On To My Last Album

    Playing around with the pad and lead sounds in this library led me to make a very ambient demo track. I really enjoyed using the mod wheel to crossfade between the samples, so really wanted the demo to show this off by using a series of long evolving repeated figures that go right through the samples layers and back again as the piece progresses. I ended up liking this track so much that it ended up on my last album, Circuits. Only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other than a touch of mastering.

    Stephen Caulfield13 October 2021