NASA Space Pad

A 15 voice atmospheric pad created using NASA's recordings of space over the past 50 years, housed in a flight simulator GUI

The story

A while ago I heard that NASA had made all of their recording available to use as part of a Creative Commons license, so I got in contact with Bert From Nasa and asked if they would be ok if I used those sounds to create a free-to-download sampled instrument. Bert From Nasa got back to me and said that would be fine “as long as there are no human voices”. So after spending at least half an hour thinking about how oddly specific that request was and wondering what kind of non-human voices NASA have got on file, I collected my favourite recordings from their site and set to work cleaning them up, editing them for better playability, and putting them into a Kontakt instrument. The finished product is a pad containing 15 different sounds for you to mix and merge to create whatever kind of extra-terrestrial noises you like.

I’ve added a snapshots folder with some instructions on how to copy the .nksn files into Kontakt from there, and in the readme file there’s more info about what all the different sounds are and how they were recorded if you’re interested in that sort of stuff.

Audio Artemis have also just released ‘Perseverance’, a sample library using NASA’s most recent recordings from the Perseverance rover on Mars, and it’s the perfect library to pair with the Nasa Space Pad. They have a free version here on Pianobook and their full version is available at audioartemis.com.

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  • I can hear ware-wolves in here

    This is great. Iv'e only had time to dip my toe into this one. Tweaked a few faders and had wind and ware-wolves chasing me. There is nothing not to like about it. I think that I will be using this one a lot. This is the first time that I have given 5 stars for everything. Truth is, I can't think of any reason not too.

    Ray19 October 2021
  • No words to describe this

    This is a solid 5/5, hands down. This should be a paid instrument. Everything about it is very carefully done, with attention to quality, detail and with tons of character. A complete, fully featured sci-fi instrument, with tons of options to play around, a GUI with tons of controls and professional-grade graphics, and an endless amount of possibilities. At first you might think there is some noise in the samples, but it's just the character of one instrument. Once you mess around with some settings you will get the hang of it.

    Download it and you won't regret it.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Favorite in a While

    This is my favorite instrument from pianobook in a while, its so high quality and has so many different things you can do. The bass is also so fat. The Gui also looks great and has so many tweak able parameters that drastically change the sound, not just subtle little changes. Theres so many ways you can morph the sound, a whole ambient track or space themed score could be made with this one instrument. So awesome

    septemberwalk28 October 2021
  • Out Of This World

    If you are looking to give your low-end a booster or just looking for some astronomical space warp sound design type things, this is the one. There is a whole universe of choice in the GUI, which help you shape the sound. Juno, I Saturn this review for a while, but the sounds were too good not to review. I even think Eddie Van Allen might find some use for some of these sounds. Enough of the poorly crafted space references already, but great work and a must download.

    OzzyMusic13 October 2021
  • Ambient Science

    This is a beautiful instrument. For those who like to compose ambient music, or just want some extra LOW bass, this has it in spades. Along with some very gentle looping patters which are excellent. It becomes all the more meaningful when you consider the origin of the sound source. This was clearly a labour of love for the creator with an amazing GUI that sets the mood for what you're jumping into. Definitely worth checking out!

    davidjez16 April 2022
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