Rainy Day Synth

RDS evokes the feeling of writing music on a rainy day. RDS is imperfect and inspiring, encouraging one to write wistful, melancholy melodies....

The story

Multi-sampled from a synth patch created using a 3340 style analog oscillator passed through a filter and into a modulated PT2399 chip delay. I sampled the sounds from a small modular synth setup during the 2020 lockdown while I was stuck in the U.K., over 5000 miles from my studio in LA, due to international travel bans.

Interface

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  • Inspiring!

    I could play this instrument all day, it instantly puts me in a nostalgic mood. It's detuned nature sounds great for melodies but it really comes to life when playing chords. The 'rain' feature makes this one really unique. Yet another reason I can't believe Pianobook is free!

    Alyssa H19 November 2021
  • Nostalgically Playful

    Love this instrument. It reminds me of some old synth sounds. It's quite responsive and very inspiring. My favourite thing about it is rain, you can really play with the amount of the signal in.
    I had quite a lot of fun with this one :)

    Andrea Giordani26 November 2021
  • Beautifully warm and grungy inspiration!

    This instrument is really really well executed.The sound sampled is warm and playable, and highly inspiring. It's kind of low-fi and noisy, but in the best sort of way. The inclusion of Tape saturation allows you to go further in that direction, while the inclusion of the really expertly recorded rain brings a delightful foley layer to the instrument. If you're a fan of layering ambient foley sounds into your mixes, this is right up your alley. Even better is the fact that the rain can be eliminated if that's not your thing. I can personally see using it both ways. I love the modulated analog delay which lends a little bit of wandering pitch. It's never too much, just nice and analogue like. The delay itself doesn't remain consistent note to note because of time stretching, but it's so subtle that you don't really notice that it's there, and the fact that it's not going to sync to your project's tempo doesn't really matter. This is a really cool sound, and I'm confident that I'll be using this in a production later this month, which is probably the nicest thing I can say about any library. This one is definitely getting moved from the downloads folder to the "Keepers" folder!

    Sam Ecoff20 November 2021
  • Nostalgic Retro Synth!

    I love this kind of sound, and I love even more how this instrument is made! It features a very warm synth sound that has a pitch evolution to it, which is already very cool by itself - but the awesome catch is that there is a rain sound to act like a texture and give even more character to it.

    The amazing thing is that the rain layer is completely separated, which means you can mix it as much as you want! I also have to note that the envelope of the rain is super nice, and it is also programmed perfectly so it sounds very natural no matter your playstyle. On top of that, you will find a very nice Tape Saturation knob, Reverb and your typical Low Pass Filter, along with Sustain and Decay knobs as well. Would be awesome to have Attack and Release too, but honestly the default envelope is great anyway.

    The only slightly negative thing I noticed is that the lower register is not clearly audible due to the added up noise.

    As a fun tip, you can completely turn down the Filter so you can get just the rain sound, in case you want that in other projects without the synth playing!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Like a perfectly seasoned steak...

    Just like a perfectly seasoned steak or an aged fine wine, the way in which this synth has been processed by JiKay has lead to some beautifully crafted detuned sounds. In other words what he's done in the sampling/programming has made the final result hit the spot. This sound, in combination with the rain texture and controls such as filter & saturation controls, allow you to create some wonderful full bodied tones that seem to just sing. Bravo!

    R.Treves23 November 2021
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