Machine Learning Viola

Instrument made by feeding piano samples into a machine learning model that tries to replicate the timbre that a viola produces...

The story

I’ve recently gotten interested in machine learning for music applications due to a class I’m taking at school. I’ve specifically been messing around with timbre transfer using the Magenta DDSP library. This sample instrument was made by feeding piano samples into a machine learning model, that was trained on 10 minutes of viola playing. It then takes those piano samples and tries to make them sound as close to a viola as it can. I thought it created very cool artifacts that significantly added to the sound, so I put it in Kontakt right away. Enjoy! And thank you to Noah Leong for the viola model

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  • Incredibly unique sound, exactly want I want

    I feel like people aren't understanding the uses for this pack. It seems to me like the point isn't to have a usable string library, but instead something with many unique applications outside of replicating strings. I personally love the artifacts it creates, especially in the upper end. Especially when playing around with the ADSR and filter, it can just sound like an interesting synth. Really excited to see more like this.

    John10 November 2021
  • SNES strings

    What a cool concept! It has this Super Nintendo crunchy vibe about it, and I particularly like the instability in the higher register. Would love to hear more of what machine learning can come up with!

    hewwagner12 November 2021
  • Interesting Concept

    Really love non-traditional sample instruments and this may be the most interesting idea I've come across. I love how the tail of each sample starts to glitch and gives it a really interesting timbre. I found the most usable results by bringing the attack back a bit and rolling the cutoff down for a nice pad. It lessens a bit of the high end harshness that is inherent in the sample.

    Saturn V Sound04 November 2021
  • Mellotron-esque String Patch

    The stretched sample sound and the noisy, harsh character to the samples make this instrument sound quite mellotron-like. You can definitely work some decent sounds out of this library, though it is admittedly a little limited. But props for including a lot of controls on the GUI. Its a really interesting story behind this library and I'm excited to see what you sample next!

    R.Treves29 October 2021
  • Airy and somewhat noisy keys

    It's hard to describe what this sound is like, but there's a definite resemblance to the kinds of tutti orchestral sounds home keyboards often have. it's a little organ like, a little orchestral, and has some odd resemblances to solo string instruments. It's not really my cup of tea, but it certainly has character, and it is certainly unique. I'm sure many people on PB will find it useful and lovable. I'd certainly be interested to hear more machine learning instruments in the future. It's an interesting concept if nothing else.

    Sam Ecoff29 October 2021
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