The story

I often have metal test tube racks in my hands at work and I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful metallic bell-like sound of them.
Finally, I have now recorded samples: Three finger slapped round robin recordings and three hits with a guitar plectrum.
Besides the possibility to mix the two different attack sounds (“Bright” and “Dark”), stretched and reversed layers can be added. In addition, the modwheel offers the possibility to mix in an even brighter timbre with slight saturation and a slightly wider stereo spread of the samples (“Timbre”). Which samples are mixed in using this option can be selected via a dropdown menu. Also there is the possibility to choose a swarm mode in which the modwheel/tibre control controls the speed of the swarm.

The Decent Sampler instrument offers a low- and hi-pass filter, ADSR amp envelope, glide/portamento control and the possibility to adjust the velocity sensitivity of the instrument.
Also there is the possibility to modulate/enrich the sound with chorus, vibrato, tremolo, delay and reverb.
I wish a lot of fun and I am looking forward to feedback for improvement or for further sample projects.

Decent Sampler Instrument:
Tuned metallic bell-like sound of a test tube rack, polyphonic playable.
Sustain pedal use possible (CC64). Default preset plus six others.
– Volume mixer with 4 different sample-groups («Bright», «Dark», «Stretch», «Reverse»)
– «Timbre/Swarm»: Extended sonic characteristics using modulation wheel (CC01) or «Timbre/Swarm»-knob. Drop-down menu to choose sample-groups.
– Lowpass und highpass filter with resonance control
– Velocity sensitivity control
– Glide control
– ADSR envelope
– Chorus mix, rate, depth
– Vibrato mix, rate, depth
– Tremolo: Volume-depth, volume-rate. Pan-depth, pan-rate.
– Delay mix, time, feedback
– Reverb mix, size, damping
– Master volume, master pan

## Release Notes:
– Fix: Due to an update of DS, the LFOs/modulators with modBehavior=”add” and
modBehavior=”multiply” no longer work. Changed to modBehavior=”set”

– New GUI Design
– Renaming “Dynamics” to “Timbre/Swarm”
– Renaming “Light” to “Bright”
– New FXs (Vibrato and Tremolo)
– Adding resonance control to the filters
– Adding “Damping”-control to reverb
– Adding global pan control
– Updating presets and adding a 7th preset

– Initial release


Reviews for MTTR – Metal Test Tube Rack

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  • Nice Rack!

    A really incredible array of sounds and textures when considering that this came from such a simple source. The level of control you have over the sound means you can get some really weird and wonderful sounds out of this simple instrument. I particularly love how long you can get the note to sustain for, and that you can add subtle "reverse" textures to the sound.

    It's also one of those sounds that has that quality that you only get from the best pianobook instruments - It really doesn't sound like anything else.

  • Tremendous Test (Tubes)

    I love this. All the patches are great and offer such a range of sounds. They are greatly adaptable with such a large number of parameters. The long pad patches are good and interesting and the glock is also brilliant. For some reason my attention is also drawn to the almost gong like qualities in lowest notes of the default.

  • Among the best in Pianobook

    Very nice, I love the detuned feel when playing chords. Thank you!

    Pispalantimbaland28 May 2022
  • Ethereal textures!

    This is a wonderfully made instrument that gives you many different sounds in a very small package. The 6 different presets offer completely different sounds, including mallets and pads, and they all seem to be very nicely made. I especially like the portamento option, it's very well done and you can set the speed as well. There is a nice dropdown menu that allows you to slightly alter the sound or to completely reverse it. Very interesting and inspiring for sure!

    As a slightly weird thing that I've seen only in a very small amount of instruments, in the mallet instruments (patches 1 and 2) the (actual) dynamics are not controlled by the velocity, but by the modwheel, which is a little frustrating in programming, but it sounds good either way.

    Alex Raptakis20 March 2022
  • Not what I expected

    but I'm surprised by the content you've provided and the difference between them. Sounds really cool! Probably not something I would use daily, but a cool VI to try if you're stuck on something.
    If you want to add something but you don't know what, just add a metal test tube rack :p

    Snake24 May 2022