I like finding sounds in odd places, and one of those places happens to be the lamp above my desk. I’d been wanting to learn how to create a Kontakt instrument for a while, and lamp seemed to be a good place to start. After recording a few samples of me playing it with my thumb and getting them into a Kontakt template, I went on another sound hunting excursion around the house and tested out all the other lamps. Two more had some nice tones to offer so they got recorded and added to the template too.
So you now have 3 sounds to blend:
PINNG has a bell-like tone and suits any room with a wooden floor or industrial elements.
KLENK is a more percussive sound played on this lamp’s base and makes for a very cosy living room.
BUONNG has a glassy, rich tone and is the perfect addition to any home office workspace.
Modwheel controls the dynamics of PINNG and BUONNG, so when KLENK is turned up you can change the overall instrument sound from sustained and ringing to dampened and percussive.
Sometimes it sounds like a hang drum, sometimes like tubular bells, so there’s a few presets in there for you to get started with too.
Many thanks to Angus Roberts-Carey for his pianobook template, Dave Hilowitz for his video series on Kontakt, and our favourite Swedish furniture company for their tuneful lamps.
Reviews for I Love Lamp
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Cmon, lamps can't be that good, right?
Oh man they can. While there is just a little bit of noise, I was wow'd by the amount of detail on this one. The sound is very metalic like a hang drum, but it has its own kind of chracter for sure. The GUI is fantastic as well! It matches the theme and it gives you some nice options to play around, including the depth of the sound itself and the stereo field. Just download it and try it already!
A love letter to lamps
The idea of sampling a lamp is already interesting, but the sounds this results in are also incredibly interesting. With a bit of post-processing this can quickly turn into a mellow sea of lampy-metallic sound that I am very much a fan of.
A great set of bell like sounds inspired by a love for lamp...
Not quite as unique as similar libraries on PB but still well worth downloading. The GUI is easy to use and allows you to dial in the sound you're looking for. This can give you almost Church bell like sounds, to steel pan esque tones to Dx7 bell like sounds.
Awesome organic tonal hits
These lamp hits sound really awesome. You get three different choices. I particularly love the one where it sounds like hands are slapping the lamp. This is such an amazing quality in sample instruments that i always love. I dont remember which but theres an electric piano on here that has a finger noise control. These little touches give so much character and realism. The download size is extremely small so i dont know if there are dynamic layers and round robins here. If not that can always be an improvement but this is still really cool and useful in its current state.
Ikea should hire you to name products
I seriously thought the names of the three lamps were Ikea product names until I thought a little more about it! This library has three lovely metallic sounds which are well recorded and playable. Piing and bounng have a lot of inharmonic frequencies, so if you're playing parts with a lot of notes, it's probably best to keep their levels lower. I love that you can hear the sampling's hands on these lamps. It gives the library a really personal, human feel. It's awesome! If you're looking for some FM-like metal sounds, this might be the library for you!