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
  • Unique sound

    This has a very unique sound, which I haven't found anywhere else. Once you move the Q knob in the GUI, you may have a surprise with this instrument. I liked the character of the lower register, you may find it really useful for film music.

    OsvaldoDeJesusG03 November 2021
  • Really weird Textures

    Like everyone said, be careful with the Q because it starts very quiet but gets really loud really fast. Although i prefer OnOffScrapes2 this one is still really cool, useful and good to have around. This one has a more metallic scrape like quality than the second one and also has a more rhythmic characteristic about it with some shorter hits. The different cymbal hits can be slowed down alot to create instructing artifacts and there's really alot of different sounds you can get out of this pack. Another useful horror instrument.

    septemberwalk04 November 2021
  • Glitchy Scrapes

    At first, I thought I was doing something wrong, could hardly hear anything, then after adjust the Tone and Q knobs, it came to life. I'm throwing this in with some glitchy drum kit sounds and it gives some interesting character. Running it through a huge reverb with a long tail or delay has some cool results too.

    Ada Maskil22 October 2021
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