Rob the perpetual-tapper here. As no surprise, participating in the SWARM of “C’s” just wasn’t enough for me – of course I then had to turn my “Sterling Silver Water Pitcher” into a library. My wife picked it up for 5 (CAD) at a garage sale and for many years it has occupied a prime spot in our kitchen as a container for various cooking utensils. When CH put out the call for “C’s” I immediately knew what to sample. It has some similarities with my Coffee Can Gamelan Metallophone while at the same time delivering it’s own character. I hope you enjoy using this one!
Reviews for Rob’s Sterling Silver Water Pitcher
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Strange and wonderful
The lower register is where it excels in my opinion, it has a unique and rich sound which could add an exotic spice into a composition. Might need some EQ to fit in a mix with other instruments.
This is like a crossover between a glass harmonica and a blown moonshine jug. It has a lovely tone and the breath sound (not a breath sound) is just the right amount without overpowering it.
A strange mix of noise and harmonics / resonance leave this pitcher sounding oddly like a synth pan-pipe, especially if you cut the attack slightly via the supplied knob and crank the reverb. For me the best sounds come from the low-mid regions, as per the Christian Henson doctrine of 'stretch notes down'. Definitely not what I expected from a metal pitcher and not your typical bell or mallet sound. Try it and see!
An interesting mallet!
The only way to describe what I'm hearing while playing this, is that it sounds as if you combined some african woodwinds and mallets at the same time. It really reminds me of something you will listen in Toto's Africa keyboard solo. It is a very, very interesting sound!
Even though it is based only in one sample file, it plays nicely with a playable range up to 4 octaves, though the lowest one sounds a little artifical due to the stretching of the attack. You might also notice that there is some slight white noise that fades before the actual resonance of the entire sound.
I also need to say that I am definitely not a fan for the selected colours in the GUI, but inside you will find a reverb, an attack and a volume knob. If you are looking for a different kind of mallet, this may be a good option!
The sound is super interesting, but the recording feels very dry. The recordings are very clean and neat, so no issues there.
Even though the metallic sound is great to use, the highest and lowest notes have a sort of pitchy feeling to them.