In February 2020 I struck gold at a charity shop around the corner from my house, finding a Yamaha VSS100 keyboard with a vocal sampler. During the lockdowns of 2020 to 2021 I was separated from it, being reunited only recently. Here I have sampled my first experiments with it, recording a selection of the sustained sounds of the keyboard onto microcassette, and trying out the vocal sampler that sets this series of keyboards apart. The results are distant, distorted, and imperfect, just how I hoped this keyboard would sound when I first saw it. I hope that the Pianobook community can find uses for these sounds! Available for Kontakt 6 and Decent Sampler. Further sounds sampled from this keyboard are available from my site www.musicbypeterflint.com. Peter Flint
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Transported back to my childhood
First word that came into my head upon first playing this pack: "Hiss". Favourite chord to play with this pack: F Minor. These pads really took me back to playing on keyboards at school and starting to discover all the sounds in the last few sound banks! The hiss may not be to everyones taste but I personally like it. I think the reverb does highlight/amplify the hiss a little too much though so this might be something to look at.
I say it's perfect.
5/5, no doubt at all. This is simply amazing, hands down. Every single patch is fantastic, with definite character and tons of potential, especially in the modern lo-fi genre. In addition to that, there is full ADSR control included, along with a very nice Reverb and a Cutoff filter that is attached to the mod wheel. I'm surprised that others didn't figure it out yet, but yes, there is noise, but you can remove it if you turn the Cutoff just a little bit down! The noise disappears and the volume is not affected too much. I will say it again, this is simply perfect. Thank you for this, Peter!
Noisy but Lush
This library is obviously supposed to be somewhat noisy, but the noise is really front and center in these samples, which may or may not suit your purpose. As such, the sounds tend to work best with single notes rather than chords. If you're into lo-fi and toy samplers, this might just be your cup of tea.
Really nice textures.
This is a nice palette of textures, while I personally don't have much need for these kind of samples, I can imagine there will be countless others who will get endless inspiration out of these, probably making a good song starter. I used the decent sampler version, the interface doesn't look as good as the one shown for Kontakt, not the end of the world.
The sounds used to give me inspiration to the fullest. Sorry for the past tense - I have yet to get myself out of the vintage vibes of this juicy library
This is really cool and noisy. I especially like the flute patch, this really embodies why i fell in love with piano book, all its imperfections make it believable, so many sample instruments are too clean and perfect. Your first thought wouldn't be that this is coming from a computer upon hearing it
A beautiful lo-fi library.
I'm a huge fan of lo-fi sounds like the Mellotron and this library is a great addition to my collection. It's easily at the quality level of paid/commercial libraries and better than many that I've paid for. My thanks to Peter Flint. You did a superb job on this and I appreciate you giving it away for free.
Looking for that vintage sound? Here it is! Instruments that sound like they come right from a vinyl, and perfect for that lo-fi feel. Although, it does sound like the lower you go in pitch, the more white noise you hear, and less of the actual instrument, but if you stay in the upper registry. My personal favorite from this, is the Jazz Organ. All around, good job!
Cassettes - Perfectly captured
It's ridiculous to me how crazy good sounds you can get for free on pianobook here. To me this is a treasure. Yes there is noise, but this is cassette. I love the tone it sets and it's perfect for my ambient projects. Chord progressions sound so lush on this. The UI is simple and lovely. Outstanding job. To me these are all 5 stars. thank you.
Great for that lofi-esque vibe
I love the sounds of these, and they gave me a bunch of inspiration for the lofi and chillhop music I make! Out of the four, the vocal sample is definitely my least favorite, but I think I'll find something to put it in eventually!
Vintage Lofi Feel
Such unique character filled instruments. Would be useful for a lofi or vintage track in my opinion. The only issue I feel is that there is quite a bit of noise, particularly in the lower registers. Additionally some of the levels might need a little tweaking Horn Cassete.
When I played each sample of the pack, I was thinking in the back of my mind, the 'noir' or 'Lo-Fi' kinda tracks that these would love to be sat in. the sounds to my ears are very pleasant and are almost bordering on ethereal for the lower register of the vocal sample! great work!
Sounds for Nostalgia
Love the flute cassette sound! The tape gives it a distant nostalgic edge.
Tons of Vibe
Immediately transported to an otherworldly past
These are such inspiring sounds. The jazz organ is pure lofi gold. But the VocalSample1 is the best of the bunch. I took Raum by Ni on it and its so otherworldy great.
If you're looking for those distorted ambient dictaphone loop sounds you've come to the right place
Each of the 4 sounds has that exact tape bite I look for in samples like these and each one is really unique. The main issue with it is that noise can pile up, especially on lower notes. The flute is the most standard-sounding one, very similar to the dictaphone loop synth, but more consistent in volume. The horn is very similar in tone to the flute, but with a bit more bite. The jazz organ is where the sounds really get interesting having a very FM-y and almost glassy tone to it I haven't heard in any other dictaphone loop style samples. Then the final sound, Vocal Sample, is my favorite. Because of the nature of the vocal sampler on this keyboard and the sample used, the keys rotate in and out of phase with each other in an incredible way creating an incredible swarm effect. On this sound, I think the noise level actually ends up helping it instead of hurting it because mixed in with the quieter parts of the sample it almost sounds like a ghostly set of strings.