The story

This is the first sample instrument I created ever.
That’s not very true though… It is the first time I took the time to learn scripting, design a very simple skin and knobs using lots of new softwares. All of this was daunting, often frustrating and very rewarding. It paved the path to building more and way better looking instruments. I love the Kl Pad 1 for that.
The instrument is made out of some clarinet samples I recorded in 2014. If you know the ‘Little Low’, another sample instrument of mine available on Pianobook as well, both instruments share the same DNA, with very different results. It offers five different sound sources, each with their own knob, which can be CC assigned. An attack and release knob that controls the main group.
The instrument’s wide range can turn the Kl Pad into a solid bass sound or a snappy short lead and everything in between.

Reviews for Kl Pad 1

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  • Unique textured calm pad

    Quiet and calm textured pad. It has a few parameters and you can adjust tremolo, distortion etc. Very nice for the first time sampling, I like it very much!

    Asuka Amane21 October 2021
  • Sounds good with the distortion added

    At first i was gonna say that this pad is pretty boring compared to the multiple amazing pads we have on pianobook. However once i started turning up the effects, distortion mainly, it brought alot of life to this sound. There are still probably 20 pads on pianobook I would reach for before this one but this is still a pretty quality instrument. The tremolo control sounds good and is unique and i also like the GUI especially the way the effects are controlled by those circles that get bigger as you drag them out. The attack slider doesn't seem to be doing anything to the sound though.

    septemberwalk10 November 2021
  • A good first try, but needs some work!

    Though the sound quality is good, and the sound signature offered is quite nice. With that said, here are a few things that I find worthy mentioning.

    First, the pad itself is very quiet, but it gets better when you start adding Delay and Reverb. There is also Tremolo setting which make things more interesting at times. Then theres a knob called "DIST" which I assume it means Distortion, but really acts like the volume of an extra instrument. That extra instrument seems to not be affected by any of the other settings at all, as if it existed in its very own universe.

    There are also Attack and Release sliders, but they seem to make very subtle differences. I got to say though for someone with OCD, the worst part is the GUI, because the damn text is not centered!... though ok, this doesn't affect the instrument at all.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • A unique pad sound

    This library presents a pad like sound based off of a clarinet. I probably wouldn't have been able to identify the source of the sample, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The premise of the stylish GUI is that it allows you to control the level of the dry clarinet sample which doesn't really sound like a clarinet as well as blending in some effected versions of the clarinet sample. Reverbed, tremolo, delay, and distorted versions are all available, along with attack ad release controls. Hurray for lots of great controls. As a first instrument, this GUI is really great. I also really like the fact that the effects aren't permanently applied to the sample. That's really great. There are a few things about this instrument which aren't so great, though. Chief among them is the fact that the sample doesn't loop, so after a while, it rather unceremoniously peters out. Different notes cut out at different times, leaving some pretty ragged endings. While the sound is well recorded, the timbre itself isn't something that I think I'd find a whole lot of use for. It's almost saxophone like, or maybe a saxophone combined with a harmonium. Either way, it doesn't feel like a super usable sound to me. Regardless of that, this is a pretty awesome instrument for a first submission! Hope we get to see more from this samplist in the future!

    Sam EcoffSamplist 30 October 2021