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Master Shake Cup – by Clay LaHatte (or Shake Cup if you prefer)

As I was about to finish the shake, I happened to shake the cup to stir, which made the straw spin around the topper opening. So, guess what…. a sound to sample and see what can be done with it. I also recorded hitting the bottom of the cup with the straw. I sampled it using my Tascam DR-40 at 96kHz.

Once I got the samples cleaned up and in Kontakt, and applying liberal effects (Blackhole, Supermassive, Shimmer, etc.), I sampled the affected sounds for every note on an 88 note keyboard, up to F#6, where Kontakt couldn’t play the 96kHz sample at any higher pitch.

I think it turned out really nice. I hope you will agree. Thanks for listening.

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  • Clay is putting us all to shame... AGAIN!

    What a phenomenal library this is. It makes a few different thoughts pop into my head: 1. Clay is a creative genius. 2. I'm really not trying hard enough when I make samples. 3. Why did I spend all that money on expensive instruments when I could have just gotten take out and made every sound I need from the trash? In all seriousness, this is a brilliant library, perfectly recorded, expertly edited, immediately playable, and endlessly inspiring! I LOVE the fact that on most patches, I can kill the reverb from the GUI. As I've played more and more instruments from PB, I've come to see this as my #1 most appreciated feature in any GUI. So, this library is definitely on my 'must-download' list. Go get it now!!!

    Sam EcoffSamplist 03 November 2021
  • One of the best instruments...

    I've been through a lot instruments from Pianobook, and I have to say that this just might be the best one yet. There is a HUGE variety of sounds that can be used, with everything from harp-like plucks to choirs to pads. This instrument is 100% worth the download! Fantastic job on this one, you are truly very talented!

    Christopher14 October 2021
  • If that's not creativity, I don't now what is

    In all seriousness, how can this sound THAT good? It shouldn't, but it does! Clay has done a fantastic job sampling sounds off of a disposable cup, which still seems ridiculous to me, and I am still impressed by the results. The percussion is lovely - I suggest combining the low octaves with the very high ones to get a good kick-snare sound. I bet it would go well with the synth-like sound of the other patches. The possibilities are so many!

    Alex Raptakis15 October 2021
  • Just my cup of shake!

    Beautiful warm pad that does not stand out too much. I will have much use for this one. I've tried to layer it with some strings, it blends and colorize nicely.Working on a Pianobook demo right now,where I just had to use this one.
    Wery well done,Thank you :)

    Wendelwick13 July 2022
  • Ambient Guitar?

    This is so creative and weird. I don't know how you did it but some of these pads sound really similar to some of the ambient guitar pads on Pianobook. So much character and texture. Theres a good amount of presets to choose from, some pads, some noises and some plucks. I liked one of the plucks but for the most part i didn't really like them. I dont have anything negative to say about them i think its just my taste. The noise sounds were all really interesting and im sure could be used in a variety of ways. The Pads are my favorite. Truly unique

    septemberwalk28 October 2021
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