Pandemic Pad

An eBow, piano, analogue synths, old Casio strings and fruit bats!...

The story

Having stumbled upon Pianobook, I was keen to try my hand at sampling. The idea for this pad started when walking through Bellbird Park in Melbourne, listening to the thousands of fruit bats living in the trees. I recorded the bats, then stretched and distorted them into a gnarly audio soup. A second layer of eBow, piano, analogue synths, old Casio strings and whatever else I could find was then added to create a rich, organic and evolving pad sound. To teach myself Kontakt, I added a button to turn off/on the ‘bats’ layer and the ability to dial in as much or as little reverb as you wish. There’s a healthy dose of lower mids but I wanted to keep the sound as naked as possible, so you can dress it however you please. Enjoy!

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