Sampled pedal foot-switches turned it into a virtual instrument...

The story

It all started when I was asked if I could make the sound of an electronic circuit switching on and off. I wrote an emulation in MaxForLive, published it to MaxForLive.com ( https://maxforlive.com/library/device/7074/onoff-emulation ) and wrote about it on my blog: ( https://blog.synthesizerwriter.com/2021/03/emulating-turning-circuit-on-and-off.html ). Inspired by Christian Henson’s pedal video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF6VKqpC-nA ) about using guitar pedals as a live performance tool, I sampled lots of pedal foot-switches and made the samples available as well. So anyone who wanted to, now had the raw material to emulate a circuit being powered up and down, complete with the iconic ‘classic’ sound of a footswitch… But some of those footswitch samples had strange and interesting artefacts in them, so I took my favourite and turned it into a virtual instrument as a way of learning Decent Sampler (Huge thanks to David Hilowitz, btw). And that’s what this is – a by-product of an implementation from a question via a video inspiration.

It isn’t obvious from the instructions as to how you submit in Decent Sampler format, so who knows what will happen next…


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  • Interesting Cymbal like hit

    Very interesting!! Cymbal like hitting sound, but it is playable on keys. At lower range it has some interesting broken hit kind of effect.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Interesting impacts...

    This instrument is a nice little package of unique sounding impacts that nicely compliment most other synthesizer sounds. Clean and simple interface makes it easy to play. Very nice.

    christopher13 October 2021