The story

Fauxillon (foe-i-lon) is a crazy experiment from my Kontakt tutorial series. In order to show everything I wanted to, I thought “what if I sample some glasses and a synth and build a warped carillon-like instrument?” Well… I think it came out a little 80s synth-like, but I love it all the same.

Recently, I created a full YouTube series on how to sample audio and synths, build a Kontakt instrument, and script a basic interface. I wanted to show how easy it was to create quick samples with things you may have around you, so I took the timeless approach of sampling some glasses and bowls from my kitchen for the first layer. I then blended it with some analogue synth plucks I created, to reinforce the sound. Adding in a couple of pads created from granular synth processing of the original samples, it came together as an interesting, synthetic tone that sounded great with various effects. There is a lot of versatility in this instrument, with tape warped textures, huge reverbs, pitchy tape delays, phat distortion, and envelopes for the filter and amp. I can’t wait to see what you might do with it.

This instrument, though, is really the byproduct of what I wanted to achieve with the Kontakt Tutorial series. I know I found Kontakt an incredibly daunting sampler to begin with and the idea of coding made me shiver. It was incredibly hard to find resources and answers to your questions too. The KSP manual felt like jargon, video resources were scattered and hard to find when you didn’t know what to type into a search bar, and forums often felt like a place you couldn’t ask stupid questions. So, as a music lecturer I thought I’d make a course that walks you through the basics that anyone, anywhere can access for free. I hope this shortcuts your time a little and takes some of the stress or anxiety out of creating your first library if you are looking at making one soon (I definitely encourage it!).

Whether you are using this library in your productions, for inspiration on your own library development, or just for fun, I hope you enjoy it!

Cheers, Steve.

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  • Unique mix of glasses and synth

    This library has some really cool sounds. It's a combination of various percussive glass hits layered together with some synth sounds. The GUI is really surprising, there are lots of options to customize the sound. You can blend in 4 different layers and one noise layer, add some delay, reverb or phaser and further shape the sound with some filters and ADSR controls. There are plenty of options to play around with. I think it sounds especially great with some delay.

    AndromedaX822 September 2022
  • The 80's movie plucks!

    Stephen has made some very nice instruments in the past, and this is no exception. This time it's about that plucky sound that you may have heard on many different kind of 80's movies, from romance to action. It's this intimate, flirty sound that you will totally recall once you lay your fingers on!

    The overall sound is based on 4 different layers that can be mixed however the user wants, but it doesn't stop there. The custom GUI includes tons of options that can greatly affect the sound and morph it into something different every time.

    Alex Raptakis22 September 2022
  • Adaptable sounds

    This sample pack can go from "twinkly stars" to "grungy guitar-like" with just a few slider adjustments.

    One wish (and I know I could probably tweak this myself) would be for the samples to have been stretched beyond the existing keyboard range - I bet they'd sound great in the lower registers as bass tones.

    QorbeQSamplist 27 September 2022