The story


There aren’t many legato instruments on Pianobook. But hopefully that can change. I’ve always been a fan of Celtic music–so much so, that I bought a tin whistle a few years ago. I eventually decided to sample it as an experimental proof of concept for another software instrument I’m creating. The results, however, surprised me, and so I thought I would share what I’ve come up with so far. This tin whistle is in the key of D and uses a couple “ancient” simulated legato and vibrato scripts from a few Kontakt legends. But don’t let that dissuade you. Through the use of a few of quasi-instrument modeling tricks, this little guy can get the job done. Tin Whistles are indeed instruments of very limited range–a little more than an octave. And they tend to only play well in whatever key they are tuned to. So that’s all you get here.

Keyswitches. There are 2 keyswitches. One for legato and one for staccato. They are marked in read.

Velocity. Both articulations are sensitive to velocity. Hitting the keys harder gives you some decorative notes. They sound best when playing in the key of D. But there are are few other keys that might work as well.

Dynamics. There are some simulated dynamics through the use of some internal Kontakt shenanigans.

Vibrato. Vibrato is set to CC21. If you are daring, you can go into the script and adjust it’s parameters, e.g., speed, depth, randomness, etc.

Reverb. Just a impulse response from a large church sanctuary. Adjust to taste.

Airiness. The air passing through the whistle was sampled separately. You can turn it up or down.

Release Trigger. I sampled myself taking a few breaths for added realism. It’s velocity sensitive. So if at the end of the phrase, you do not wish for a breath to be taken immediately following, just play that last note at a super low velocity.

You may notice that the air samples sometimes go longer than the actual pitched notes. My bad. I will correct this if I ever release something like this commercially. But, I’m still learning and this instrument really only started as an experiment–a proof of concept. Although at any rate, while playing the instrument, you should probably take virtual breaths, since no one’s lungs are capable of blowing infinite air. Once I can figure out the script for it, I would make a GUI timer that shows you how much air is left in the virtual lungs; and maybe automate a slight pitch bend at the end of the note. I originally approached Pianobook as a place to learn how to sample instruments and acquire interesting new sounds. I approached it with a growth mindset, without feeling things needed to be perfect. Often, I would just be doing experiments in sampling, and felt the desire to share anything of worth. Now that Pianobook has evolved, I must admit there is more anxiety in submitting instruments given the brutal honesty of some reviewers. Now there seems to be a bit of a performance mindset, and with that comes some apprehension. But this must be seen as a good thing because maybe it’ll spur faster growth in us as samplists. So here goes another one! With that, I hope you find this tin whistle useful!

Legato Tin Whistle - Brief Walkthrough


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  • Bottled innocence!

    Discovered this amazing instrument after being blown away by Pneuma. They go together so well!

    Alistair30 December 2022
  • Perfect!

    This is really a pro instrument. I wish I could have these controls on all my payed instruments. Bravo! Well done.

    QuetzalSamplist 21 November 2021
  • Pretty darn cool!

    Cordaro has done a phenomenal job with this instrument. It's authentic sounding, it's extremely playable, it's realistic and IT'S LEGATO!! Holy Cow! Being able to control vibrato and dynamics with MIDI CC's really can bring this to life, and being able to control the breathiness with the airiness control is awesome too! This is a first-rate instrument, and I'm pretty confident it will find a home in a piece in the next month or two. It's difficult to think of any way this instrument could be better. Yes, there's the issue of the wind noise sometimes going longer than the notes, but you have to work at it to get that to happen. I'm pretty stingy with my stars, but this rating is definitely well earned.

    Sam EcoffSamplist 21 November 2021
  • Sublime

    That's all I want to say because this instrument it's just perfect and it absolutly deserve a spot as one of the best wind instruments on PIanobook!

    ARKAN21 November 2021
  • Almost my favourite wind instrument!

    Oh, my, god, this is such an amazing and well executed instrument. It sounds fantastic, it is programmed very nicely and it offers a very awesome sound. There are some absolutely amazing and well performed ornamented notes in each top velocity layer - more than just one!

    There are two articulations which you can choose via keyswitches, although it would be awesome to have that displayed and accessed somewhere in the GUI too. The legato sounds fantastic, it plays amazingly well and overall it feels, very inspiring. I love it!

    There is only one issue that comes with the Vibrato setting. If you have it on, you will get some very noticeable crackles as you sustain a note, which seems to be a scripting issue because the samples sound crystal clear by themselves! It also might be heard in some legato transitions too but it's not that frequent there.

    Overall this is an absolutely awesome little wind instrument that with a few tweaks could be actually a premium one. Nice job!

    Alex Raptakis22 December 2021
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