Old Metal Funnel

An Old Metal Funnel bowed and struck...

The story

This little library comes from a couple of samples of an old metal funnel that my Dad had since before I was born (1963). It is about 8″ in diameter.

One day I noticed that, well, it seemed to have nice ring to it. So I sampled it using my Tascam DR-40 recorder at 96kHz.

I struck the funnel with my finger. I also bowed the bell end with a violin bow, which made a sound that was extremely high picthed, but at 96kHz I was able to use it at lower frequencies with no problem.

There are several different sounds in this little library, including bell sounding hits and lush pads. Regarding the pad, once I happened upon a nice sound from the bowed sample in Kontakt, I then stuck that through a bit of Valhalla Supermassive, Blackhole at about 95% mix, and a bit of Valhalla Shimmer for good measure. I thought it sounded superb, so I went about sampling that for every note on an 88 note keyboard, up to F#6 as Kontakt couldn’t play the 96kHz sample at a higher pitch than that.

I hope you can find it useful. Thanks for listening!


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

  • Good, albeit standard...

    Make no mistake that this instrument is very well put together, but in my opinion the sounds are a little plain and are "standards" easily mimicked my a synth engine. Personally, I don't find this library to be as inventive or unorthodox as many of Clay's others, but it might be what you're looking for if you need some simple synthesized sounds and bell/key instruments. Theres also not much of a GUI for many of the patches.

    christopher19 October 2021
  • Instant inspiration

    The Funnel Bowed Organ patch is great! I had to reduce the reverb. But then it is full of relaxed character!

    DONE E. LOW17 October 2021
  • Nice synth sounds, and nice ambience overall!

    This is a very intresting instrument from Clay. While I really like the Lush patches, which are some very ambient and smooth pads, the other patches seem good but not as interesting. You might like them though because they are well made to say the least. There are a little noisy but you don't really notice it that much. They produce some nice synthy sounds that you will enjoy if you are into that type of genre. As for the dry funnel bell patches, oh well, brace yourselves for some rough pitches!

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021