Harmonic Flights

High harmonics from a double bass pitch shifted and processed...

The story

For this sample project I aimed to create an instrument that could playback my recorded double bass performances in a way that is impossible to do live. It was originally put together to create a unique, reverb-drenched soundscape for a scene of a theatre piece that I was working on.

Loosely repeated arco notes were performed very lightly on high harmonics and recorded with a close mic (large diaphragm condenser) and a matched pair of stereo room mics (small diaphragm condenser). These recordings were then processed and pitch-shifted to give the various results that you find when playing within the coloured zones of the keyboard (violet: A0 to D1, orange: D#1 to D3, blue: D#3 to C#6, turquoise: D6 to C7).

Have a nice flight!

Features (Kontakt):

– Short Loop and Long Loop signals, selected by button or key switch (C0 & D0).
– When the “Both” button (or key switch E0) is selected the loops can be crossfaded using CC1.
– Volume mapped to CC11.
– Reverb & LPF controls (these are in the DS version, as well).
– Transparent Limiter with an on/off button.

Note for the Kontakt version: The mapped midi CC assignments can be removed, if needed. The CC11 modulator can be removed by pressing on the wrench icon (to go under the hood), going to the “Mod” tab, selecting the modulator that reads “midi CC, 11”, then right clicking on the selected modulator to open the “Delete” dialogue box, before clicking “Delete”. This process can be repeated to remove the CC1 modulator.

It is also important to note that clipping can occur when several voices of this instrument are playing at the same time at maximum volume. This can be mitigated with the volume control (CC11) and/or with the Limiter button.

Note for the Decent Sampler (DS) version: The Short Loop and Long Loop signals can be blended and muted using the corresponding volume knobs, which can also be midi-mapped. I have also included an LPF control that can be used along with the Reverb control to create a “pad” effect.

The first demo of mine that features this instrument (and four others that I have created) is called “Wood, Metal, And Mane- Demo” and can be heard on the Cymbal Atmos instrument page.

Reviews

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  • Remarkable!

    Organic, haunting, and breathy. Instant inspiration at your finger tips. Good stuff!

    ding77721 October 2021
  • Dynamic wave pad

    Very wide and spacious, interesting pad!! Dynamic wave makes the project sparkle!

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • A very interesting proposition here.

    Textures that invite creativity. I love working in this kind of atmosphere. Well done! Very nice work!

    MarvinGun19 October 2021
  • Worth paying for

    Free instruments don't get much better than this. You must give this one a try, it's amazing.

    Ray19 October 2021
  • A beast in the lows, heavenly highs.

    I agree with most that is said above. Very in your face bold sound ready to be effected . Could well become my staple low end to be layered with other cinematic stuff. Bombastic!

    electri-fire18 October 2021
  • Profound limitless gigantic

    When I played this the first time it was simply overwhelming, it took from my chair into the music itself as if each note was an extension of my emotions, my feelings, my thoughts. The sound is profound and enormous. Really fantastic and inspiring.

    DB00718 October 2021
  • Amazing Textures!

    Loving these low dark textures. Extremely unique and right up my alley. I am using it in Decent Sampler. I especially am enjoying the GUI, the ability to customize the different layers and reverb. I've got a perfect setup with a subtle LPF, loads of reverb, and then I'll double it with a solo cello for a dark melody. Planning to use this on a lot of projects in the future!

    Ada Maskil18 October 2021
  • My kind of tones!

    Really like this. Dreamy and atmospheric.

    Sonicpebble17 October 2021
  • Out in Space

    Just wonderful. With it you can create unbelievably celestial and melancholy sound worlds.

    Nils17 October 2021
  • Dark and Inspiring

    Really appreciate the sound of this one and is easy to play something emotional and pretty.

    Clay and Kelsy17 October 2021
  • Atmospheric Inspiration

    This instrument has a lot of character, which is nice to see! Unfortunately, the DS GUI is a bit lackluster. Specifically, the knobs will clip into the key bed section at times depending on how you scale the plugin. I can imagine this could be an issue with users who have low resolution monitors. Now, how does it sound? Pretty good! Although, it's missing ADSR control! This instrument has a super long release and adding an ADSR control would take this instrument to a whole new level. Overall, good job to the creator - keep it up!

    Jake17 October 2021
  • Instant Inspiration

    This is remarkable, one of the best pianobook instruments I've tried. I wrote a production track within ten minutes of trying it out. Just get it

    Jim Sanger16 October 2021
  • Huge possibilities with this!

    It's not a looker, but man it sounds great! This is going to become a great source of inspiration for me. The sounds out of the box are amazing, but the possibilities with how you could add additional processing to this library is what makes it special for me personally. Love it!

    R.Treves15 October 2021
  • Haunting textures

    This instrument truly is amazing when it comes to creating dark, haunting textures for more horror or dissonant segments of music. It works both in the high end and the low end. In my experience it is a sound that, to a certain degree, all other sounds must be built around, which may mean it doesn't fit well into every song. Nevertheless, in the contexts where it works well, it does inspire me to thread onto some newer styles and sounds. Thank you for this, and hope to see more from the creator of this instrument in the future!

    FAAIFFP15 October 2021
  • Pure Evil!

    First word that came into my head upon first playing this pack: "Evil". Favourite chord to play with this pack: Bb Minor 7. This pack has has been the most interesting out of the box so far for me. The first notes I played pulled me straight in and kept wanting to find more. I like how the higher notes sing whilst the lower notes are as dirty as dirty can be. I think I would have liked to have more control over the release time as this slowed down my playing at times when all I wanted to do was push on.

    Ryan Kearsey15 October 2021
  • Incredible atmosphere

    If you're looking for something that can instantly give you an interesting atmosphere, this is it. The movement of the strings is haunting, and the range is superb. It absolutely accomplishes its mission of providing something that live play could never achieve, and I am definitely going to use this going forward

    Hidde Pieters15 October 2021
  • What a performance and what a sound....

    .... thanks so much for this contribution. Helps a lot scoring and is so awesome sounding. Thanks for sharing and all the best to you!!

    Isola15 October 2021
  • Instant Inspiration!

    I love this, I loaded it up and a sonic landscape opened instantly in my mind. I can see myself using this a lot from creating sound design elements to writing haunting melodies. Bussing it through a delay produces even more Wow, brings an immediate smile to my face.

    Toby the Hat15 October 2021
  • Get yer William Basinski trousers on....

    This is simply gorgeous. Goosebumps, right out of the box. Makes delightful and surprisingly unpredictable but musical noises right up and down the keyboard. Don't play C1 loud in a built-up area.... Superb GUI choices - Reverb hurrah!, the Short and Long Loops, and the Low Pass Filter - makes this easy to play. This is absolutely worth the Five Stars for Inspiration!

    Ronan McDermott14 October 2021
  • Fantastic

    Great Sounding!

    Caift14 October 2021
  • this takes harmonics to the next level

    awesome library sounds good i always found my self adding distortion so a nice addition would have been delay effect inbuilt to the library or a highly distorted set of samples and a blend knob

    de silva14 October 2021
  • Crikey

    some powerfully deep sounds going on. Love the GUI and control aspects. Note that the Short/Long/Both in the GUI can all be switched 'off'. You can't do this from the keyboard so not sure what it does in this instance.

  • Inspired Flights of Fantasy

    This sound perfectly ticks the boxes of offering up a sound which is both organic and at the same time otherworldly. It does seem to take up quite a bit of space in a mix, but it is a lovely, human addition to any piece. This is definitely worth downloading!

    Sam Ecoff14 October 2021
  • Flights of Fancy

    Absolutely gorgeous sound. Fluttering textures that really tickle your brain and warm your heart at the same time. Very versatile. I love the layout and the option to have samples crossfade too. It was very thought out and I really appreciate that they went out of their way to include details like that. I will echo someone else's criticism about the GUI being a bit busy. I didn't even see some of the controls at first because it blended so well into the background picture but that is a very small gripe. This will have endless uses for me and I imagine countless others. Fantastic job.

    sirfache14 October 2021
  • Dark, Evolving, Scrumptious Textures

    Truly excellent sound. Inspirational and ready to go straight into your next track! You hear something new every time you play it. Thank you for this contribution!

    Max McGuire14 October 2021
  • completely amazing

    This is one of the most amazing samples on PB that i've come across I'm limited to DS format. The qualities of the notes are so other-worldly but also so character-filled that they are deeply atmospheric and inspirational all by themselves. And thanks again for the DS version.

    PaulDavisTheFirst13 October 2021
  • Great for textures...

    Fabulous moving textures that can serve as a type of synthesizer for almost any type of music. With a little adjustment to the LPF it fits nicely in the back of a mix as an extra layer of depth, and keeping the high frequencies can bring it to the front for a more prominent sound. Definitely recommend downloading! Great job!

    christopher13 October 2021
  • A Mesmerizing Experience

    Not only this instrument is sampled wonderfully, but it is done in a way that the character stands out immediately. In addition, this top notch quality is paired with a great reverb, along with a low-pass filter. With the latter, I can see this fitting even in a sci-fi setting, not just real and fantasy scenarios. The deep lows are the ones who impress me more though, and I can't wait to use them in some of my works. Sadly, for me the GUI is a little on the ugly side, but it gets the job done and I'm sure it won't be a deal for most of the users.

    Alex Raptakis13 October 2021
  • Sage Reynolds

    Sounds inspiring

    PressPlay13 October 2021
  • The essence of otherness

    Dark, warm, questioning ...and gorgeously undefined. One of the rare group of sounds that you always think, 'What IS that...?' Just made me want to wrap it around some tracks, and take them somewhere else, somewhere other. A tiny bit more clarity on the interface would be nice, but no complaints. Wonderful!

    Steve Day13 October 2021
  • Instant ear candy for ambiances

    These samples can be used for anything, from dry and behind in the mix to add spice, to front end center washed in reverb, to overdriven for basses. This is the magic spice of music making. I've made this in 15 minutes, with some overdrive and shimmer reverb, as a testament to how inspiring this is and how easy it is to work with this: https://soundcloud.com/torcrafter/lucy

    Torcrafter13 October 2021
  • Deep Bass

    Fantastic: sound designers dream.

    Joe Frost13 October 2021
  • Whispering Bass

    Absolutely love the texture you get out of these samples, really beautiful stuff

    ryanlafford13 October 2021
  • Ultimate glue for many situations

    What a great-GREAT sounds! A lot of inspirational things inside, once you start to play with "tune" and "reverb" you are really on the mission : Really like and enjoy this library. If there will be more knobs to destroy the original sound i will be even more happy.

    Dennyiah13 October 2021
  • Stunning

    This wonderful instrument has a rumbling tidal throbbing and an achingly delicate beauty. A commendable uncomplicated patch expertly recorded. The GUI could be simpler and less busy to reflect the vibe of the instrument. NB A little fiddling was required to get the CC to map correctly, had to click the invert button under the hood - not sure why? Performance Tips: 1 Use a sustain pedal for glorious motion and movement 2 Pop on the reverb or add you own then use the CC volume to duck out the dry signal to leave the reverberation lingering.

    Ben Smith13 October 2021
  • I-magine!

    A night to remember; fearful ice on metal pacified by escaping steam that tempers the dreadful sound. A Mishima of glass that is both toughened and fragile; drawing you down into strange waters. Larghetto drowning below middle sea should never be this inviting.

    Nostalgiasmith14 October 2021
  • Unbelievable inspiration!

    Well, this is just insane! This processed double-bass is stunning, really strong in character, absolutely brillant in concept, and in my opinion, very useful in contexts that need unexpected sounds to convey emotions.

    Alessandro Panella13 October 2021
  • Rich and Deep Magic

    I love this little library. The sounds have such an immersive stereo richness to them while retaining the wispy flavour of the harmonics. I reckon if you chuck a long wet reverb on it this could work so well in an ambient piece. The "phasy" noise in the sample really enhances the atmosphere. If there's a small piece of constructive criticism I could give it would be on the GUI photo which is just a little busy for my liking and blends in with the controls.

    Kalaish Stanley13 October 2021
  • Really fun sample pack

    I'm making a ambient track now, this pack is a lot of fun right out of the box.

    Seth12 October 2021
  • A Bit Wild - in a Good Way

    All the samples sound great -dry works for me. Has an EVO quality for me and when blended with some more "traditional" string EVO's the entire result was an ominous sounding section with nice surprises. Wide intervals and voicings, and even a higher melody, worked well for me here. Thank you for this great addition!

    SeanMahon12 October 2021
  • Amazing!

    This is such a beautifully made sample pack that sparks creativity the moment a note is played. Thank you for this gem!

    BagasaoMusic12 October 2021
  • Amazing

    I love the sound of the deepest notes. They're powerful and mysterious, perfectly sampled. Thank you for making this amazing instrument!!!

    Tyler le Roux12 October 2021
  • Play it deep - Chills!

    great sound design and if you play it deep the bass chills your spine. I wrote it here that if you combine it with a Piano its just wow. And thats true!

    Stephan Scholz12 October 2021
  • Interesting Vibes!

    This Sample pack is really interesting and I've not come across many like this so grand job! The sound as you go up the octaves is superb in my opinion and would love to hear more from yourself regarding string performances. I'm glad you've included a LPF in the sampled instrument as this helps to cut out some of those 'screechy', almost distorted sounds from this, however on the whole and great job!

    Npavely112 October 2021
  • A Beutifully Serene sound

    The natural ebb and flow of the sample make any chord you play sound so calm and lush, truly a must-have sound.

    VaporGabe12 October 2021
  • into the deep...

    what a great and inspirational work - this will actually used a lot by me and not just end as a file on my harddrive. well done!

    musiclova12 October 2021
  • Ambient Secret Ingredient

    Sound character in the low register is amazing for ambient soundscape work.

    alan00712 October 2021
  • As soon as I heard this I had to jump in.

    I've left music to pursue sound design as it's a more forgiving journey as a freelancer. Have to say, this sound made me want to go back and make a piece of music again. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Johan Sugarev12 October 2021
  • Haunting Sound

    Sounds great. Kontakt version pops up a dialog saying my version V6 is too old!? Decent Sampler works great though.

    pjsvis12 October 2021
  • Wicked

    I've made a reggae dub with this. Wow it's kicking.

    Harley12 October 2021
  • gorgeous

    unlike any sound I've got, really useful and inspired a piece within minutes of downloading

    Patrick12 October 2021
  • This is a pure vibe

    This is just a big vibe. I would say put it deep into a dreamy piece of music. This is what pianobook is about.

    kharrari12 October 2021
  • wow

    By itself or with a piano, wow...

    hache12 October 2021
  • Beguiling Inspiration

    This is like nothing I've ever heard, stunningly recorded circular sounding bass bows.... Quite incredible. I imagine could be used with all the bass in but also an hp filter to give it a light whispy quality, just add splosh. First time I've loaded a sample and not felt the need to pitch it down 2 octaves, Sage is already down there!

    Christian Henson11 October 2021