I borrowed a banjo from my friend’s dad, for a documentary we’re making. While I had the instrument to hand, I decided to test its sampling capabilities.
Recorded with multiple velocities via an SM57 and noise reduced in iZotope, I’m pretty happy with the end result!
I wanted to contribute something of my own (finally), to get the ball rolling and alleviate my fear of not being worthy of submitting anything at all.
I feel like this is the beginning.
Reviews for Phil’s Banjo
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Inspiring and characteristic banjo.
A beautiful banjo sampled nicely. The character here is beautiful - it truly has a very intimate, almost nostalgic vibe that feels rather warm and pleasant. A great effort, I will absolutely be using this next time I need a banjo.
A nice and dynamic banjo
I haven't found a proper banjo yet, but this might be it. In general it sounds very nice though, and it plays really well too. While the mids and highs are excellent, I find the lows a little bit artifical sounding, and the mid velocity contains a small click right in the attack. In terms of sampling, there is not prominent noise, but if you are out for a more arpeggiating playstyle, I recommend setting the Release at about 3.0 instead of the sustain pedal, just to avoid getting any background noises hidden at the long tail of the samples. You'll be just fine!
Nice, playable banjo
This banjo sounds really nice and features three velocity layers. Intonation is good and the sound is very playable. There's some unevenness in tone between the different velocity layers, which is to be expected somewhat, but the unevenness which occurs here kind of detracts from the instrument's playability. I was also left wishing for some round robins. Even so, this is a really good sounding instrument, and a worthy download.
This is a very well recorded banjo, but may need some noise reduction at the end of the samples, because you can hear some noises when playing many notes.
Organic synth plucks
i think as a representation of a banjo this sounds pretty un realistic and thin. I think it sounds more like some kind of organic synth pluck you might find in a world instruments library. This isn't a bad thing, i think some will really like this sound but for me, especially as a guitar player it doesn't meet my needs. More round robins would definitely help with the realism. As previously mentioned there is some noise build up at the end of the samples. This is still a pretty cool instrument even though i dont like it that much so everyone should try it for themselves