After sampling my Monington and Weston Piano I thought what next …
This instrument was made on 2 Sept 1966 by Hohner and belongs to my wife Jill, which she first played when she was 11. Jill played the instrument when I sampled it so I have recreated history 52 years later 🙂
This is the clean Melodica Soprano and at a later date I will mangle it and make some pads.
The major problem making this instrument (it probably demonstrates my “beginner” status for Kontakt Instrument making) is that it triggers every sample from the beginning. Thats fine for each breath or the first note played but if you already have a note playing on the real instrument the second and subsequent notes wont have the attack (breath) as air pressure is already inside the instrument. Hopefully a talented scripter may be able to help 🙂
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A nice melodica
This is a well recorded melodica, and the addition of reverb in the GUI is welcome. There's a bit of unevenness in the attack of some of the notes, but I suppose that's part of the charm of the instrument.
Don't sustain the highs!
This is a very lovely one - that is, if you avoid using the higher octave... Why that octave, you may ask. Well, if you play it as a sustain instrument, any note on that high octave will produce a horrible ringing sound, as if you just hit your head really hard. This can probably be fixed with some EQ though, preferably a dynamic one if you are going for a more complicated harmony. The other part that I don't like is that each key has a click sound, which gives some character, but I'd love to be able to remove it or at least reduce it a little.