The story

The sound source of these instrument is a plastic flap, like those one finds as part of the protective plastic films on a newly bought smartphone.
Nonchalantly rubbing it with the thumb and index finger produces a somewhat squeaky noise, and decreasing the speed at which one rubs the flap results in more scratchy noises.
Is that not an excellent reason to create a sample library out of those noises? Of course it is, and here you have seven different patches (some may sound very similar to one another, however there are some subtle moving nuances that make them different) created by time stretching the recordings of rubbing the flap with said fingers in ProTools, processing them with a few different instances of Little Alter Boy by Soundtoys, and applying a generous helping of Valhalla Supermassive.

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  • Dark textured synth sound

    Interesting synth, and easy to play with. Irregular Plastic Pulse has some gun shot like effect. Very interesting!

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • I'm not worthy

    All of that from a little plastic tab, huh? Clearly I have some things left to learn! While it's certainly amazing that all of these sounds came from that little plastic tab, not all of the sounds are equally useful. Standouts for me included the the gorgeous Plastic Dreams pad and Plastic Drone with it's ridiculously useful and great gate sequencer and effects which are curiously missing on most of the rest of the patches. Some of the others I would probably never use, but even so, these sounds are pretty amazing!

    Sam EcoffSamplist 01 November 2021
  • A solid library offering a range os possibilities...

    The range of patches and the GUI are enough to forgive some slightly noisy samples, though that is the reason why this review isn't 4 stars across the board. This library offers a lot of content with plenty of interesting stuff. In particular the 'irregular pulses' and the 'plastic scratches' which offer those sound design tools composers are always looking for. Whilst the 'drone' and 'up & down' patches include an expanded GUI and a whole range of options for transforming the already great pad sound. Including a gate. Brilliant!

    R.Treves19 October 2021
  • Strange Atmospheres

    With so many amazing pads on pianobook I'm gonna have to start being more critical. These sounds are far from my favorite pad type sounds on the site but i still think they're very beautiful and useful. Theres a good amount to choose from. Some more straight forward synth type pads and others that have really cool spooky pitch bends. I see people saying they are very noisy. I definitely notice some noise but since I'm listening to this on speakers and not headphones maybe its not as apparent to me. It doesn't really bother me now but maybe it would more if i was wearing headphones. Even though i think there are way more interesting and beautiful pads on the site. I still think these are very cool and unique and i recommend people try them out

    septemberwalk30 October 2021
  • Would greatly benefit from some noise reduction!

    While these patches have some nice characteristics, they would greatly benefit from noise reduction. It might not be too obvious at first at first, something happens in the middle and it becomes noisy. The drone patch sounds super cool but the white noise definitely holds it back.

    The sequencers included are the ones who only benefit perfectly quantized programming, since they will kind of break right after you introduce a second note that is slightly off-beat. Maybe though it is possible to create some noice risers if you combine many patches together. It's up to you to play and find out.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
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