Odin’s Box

Three synth instruments created from a transformer with an audible hum....

The story

3 instruments in one pack.

Underneath my studio is an electrical transformer.
This transformer receives an electrical supply from the council, which it then converts
into a usable phase for us at our farm.

To my excitement, I discovered that this transformer had an audible hum at 30cents below G.
It was immediately sampled with 2 microphones into a ZoomH6, and then manipulated in Cubase.

With this one sample, I created 3 instruments.

is a Synth Piano.
It is made from the noise-reduced sample of the original transformer hum. No other alteration has
been done to the sample. 1 sample; 1 velocity layer.
This instrument can be used as a short or long melodic instrument, or manipulated to behave like a pad.

Odin’s Box 2 is a Synth Organ.
Combining modulations and reverbs, I manipulated the original transformer sample to mimic a classic
church organ. This instrument can be used as an organ, a synth pad, or even a drone.

Odin’s Box 3 is a Synth Pad
I manufactured 2 different pads from the original sample, which differ in tone to each other.
These layers of pads can be used to create smooth and dreamlike backing pads, or ominous drones.

Each instrument features an “Attack” knob, “Release” knob, a “Low Pass Filter” knob, and a “Reverb” knob.

Built for the FULL VERSION of Native Instrument’s Kontakt 5.8
This plus all other instruments I release are available through my website, linked via my profile.
Have fun!!


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Relatively plain sounds...

    It's definitely a well put together instrument, but the sounds are otherwise a little plain for my taste. I could probably recreate something similar with a simple synth engine. The pad sound stands out the most of the three and has some nice sonic qualities to it. It might be great to see this instrument expanded to include some more sounds or controls.

    christopher18 October 2021
  • The pad stands out the most

    Three patches to be found, Keys, Organ and Pad. They Keys patch is a no from me, because it sounds like those very basic epiano synths made for little kids. The Organ comes next, which has a nice sound overall. For an organ it's on the smooth side, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Last but not least comes the Pad, which is in my opinion the most interesting one out of the three. It has some nice metallic texture on top which can be interesting in some situations. Both three instruments come with Attack, Release, LPF and Reverb knobs, which is always very nice to have at your fingertips.

    Alex Raptakis18 October 2021
  • Very basic, plane sound of synth

    It has totally a plane synth sound, so I think you want to tweak this sound to fit into your project. Nice to have it as a base to create your own synth sound.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021