I found this metal saucer at my parent’s house. I was captured by its long, resonant tone and did some experiments with it using an SM57 and a Zoom H2.
There are two “natural” instruments, one using a wooden spoon and one using a metal spoon as mallets (you can guess I’m no percussionist). With the luxury of having only one note to sample, I captured more dynamic layers (4 and 5) and round robins to make the sounds more realistic.
The timbre is quite impure, which gives it a slight “gamelan” feel. I think the sounds could work well for horror scores as well as ambient.
I also had loads of fun creating 3 pads using granular synthesis. Remember to slide that mod wheel!
Reviews for Metal Saucer
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Four utterly amazing patches
Hands down, this is a simply amazing library, and I'm sure everyone can enjoy it one way or another. There are 4 instruments inside, and each one is quite different.
Personally speaking, and without a doubt, the Chiming Pad is freaking awesome, with a close second place for the Shimmering Pad. The dirt pad is also quite good especially if you bring in the dirty with the modulation knob. Last but not least come the Hits. They are not bad at all - it's just they have intonation issues, but I'm sure they are intended to be use more like sound effects rather than a mallet instrument.
This is a must-have for your collection!
Chiming and evolving pads!
This library offers four presets based around a metal saucer. Metal instruments often have a lot of inharmonic frequencies above the fundamental which can really limit their playability, but this library has done a marvelous job of conquering those problems. The Chiming Pad is a delightfully warm pad with sparkling metallic hits gently and magically jangling in the background. The dirt pad and shimmering pad are great too. This one is a definite keeper for me. Love it!
This pad could be very useful to create soft relaxation music. The gamelan-bell nature of this instrument is incredible. Very well done.
Awesome Metallic sounds
You get four instruments in here. Two percussive instruments and two pads. The Pads are both beautiful, glassy and dreamy. I love pads made from metallic sources that have that shimmery high end without being harsh. These pads definitely check that box. The bell instruments both sound clear and are nice and dynamic. They also have a pleasing tone are bright but not too harsh or resonant. This is an awesome little collection and all the patches sound great together in the same composition.
Metallic sound with a "Je ne sais quoi"
I really enjoy that sound, but I can't put my finger on why. Maybe it is the Gamelan feel to it, the rich tones in both low and high ranges, the playabilty... It has this magic and mysterious feeling.