Moody, atmospheric and scary sounds made from pedal footswitches

The story

You know the tiny little scraping sounds that you get when you push a foot switch? Well, these are those, but slowed down and tuned into stereo monsters. The raw material for these sounds was left-overs from trying to get a good sample of a foot-switch, but, as often happens, it is everything except what you wanted that is actually usable. It seems that foot-switches are a bit like triangles – there’s one ‘classic’ sound, and it is hard to record properly so that it has exactly the right characteristic sound that people expect. However, in the process, lots of other sounds gets recorded too – and this is where the ‘gold’ is hidden. No need for a rainbow, either. The ‘OnOffScrapes2’ instrument is moody, atmospheric and scary, and not at all suited for nice melodic hooks. As with the original ‘OnOffScrapes’, this is a second learning exercise for David Hilowitz’s excellent ‘Decent Sampler’.

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  • Evolving Cymbal hit

    It is similar to the first Scrapes but it has more aggressive set of hits!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • The sequel that we didn't think we want, but we needed

    While the previous iteration was based on only one sample across the keybed, this one features tons of other samples to explore. The sound varies not only in different keys but in different velocities as well. It is this wet but also very textured sound, that kind of sounds like swarming whispers at some point. Everything seems to be sampled and programmed excellently too, so this is overall a fantastic patch to download, explore, and get inspired by!

    Alex Raptakis03 November 2021
  • Done it again

    Like most of the instruments I've heard from this sample maker, this instrument is a well made, interesting, breathy, creepy texture instrument. It is evolving and interesting, Quite airy at the top but also provides some nice weight in the low end. This sample maker has given us so many awesome horror sounds you could score a whole horror cue with just his instruments. His instruments are always creative as well usually sourcing from common place objects. This is very useful just like all of his stuff.

    septemberwalk04 November 2021
  • A nice extension to the original...

    OnOffScrapes 2 is more of an extension rather than a revision of the original. Where the first library had more tonal sounds, this one has sharper and more "foley-like" sounds. The two libraries together are a unique collection of hits, and though they may not fit in a traditional style score, they are definitely worth a try if you're using more electronic instruments. Again, it's another great example of how the common sounds we hear can be turned into music.

    Christopher13 October 2021
  • Very original idea

    This is a nice instrument for film music, this is very well processed and delivers a high quality result. Together with OnOffScrappes, this is a very well designed instrument.

    OsvaldoDeJesusG03 November 2021
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