Robs Stylophonogram

The instrument featured David Bowie’s "Space Oddity"

The story

All funked up – this instrument was created using the iconic (very annoying) sound of “The Original Pocket Synthesizer – The STYLOPHONE”. The monophonic Stylophone was invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis of Dubreq Studios, London. There are lots of tags in Wikipedia that can fill you in on all of the different stories about the Stylophone but perhaps the most famous song that featured the instrument was David Bowie’s “SPACE ODDITY”. I got my 50th Anniversary Edition Stylophone to play that very song in a performance of my show “WORLD ROCK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA”.

My ”Stylophonogram” is an updated child of that original sound – I sampled the A2 tone using my Zoom H2 mic and recorded the tone in LOGIC PRO X. I then pimped it out with 3 stock pedals located in the Logic Pro X Pedalboard – Flange Factory, Roto Phase and Phase Tripper (photo attached showing settings) which gave me this great stereophonic sound. The instrument can be played with abrupt attack and release like a Clavinet or used as a sustain pad or if you go to the bottom of the keyboard, it can be a very cool “atmospheric”. FYI – The samples are 4 measures long at 120 bpm.

I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed making it!

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  • Unique, bright toned library

    Very interesting! I could not tell what was it by listening to the sound. Very bright and vivid tone of the instrument which has a lot of potential.

    Asuka Amane30 October 2021
  • A sharp and thin synthetic sound

    This sound is really something. It's the kind of sound you will either love it or hate it right away. I can't tell you if you'll like it or not, but I can definitely say that it is very nicely sampled and it plays really well too. The range is spread on the entire keybed - with a funny surprise in the highest octaves, lol! The included options make it versatile, since you can shape it to sound like a pad or a lead.

    Alex Raptakis04 November 2021
  • It has a bright sound

    This instrument is very well recorded but there are some issues with the release if you try it on Decent Sampler. You may use it for bright lead melodies, but using it like a pad in Decent Sampler didn't work for me since the release is abrupt even if you adjust it to the maximum value in the GUI.

    OsvaldoDeJesusG04 November 2021
  • Really interesting sound

    While this is a unique sound for piano book and definitely has an outer space quality, i think you could have included more samples instead of stretching on sample across the keyboard. It has a unique space rock and roll sound but if left wishing it was a little more mellow. Maybe you could have provided us with a clean patch so we could put our own reverbs and amps on it. Never the less its still a fun and cool instrument.

    septemberwalk04 November 2021
  • Interesting sound

    This sample library has an interesting sound. I own a couple of Stylophones, and I wouldn't have guessed that was the source of this library, so its really different from a stylophone. This stylophone was sampled from the speaker, which adds to the character of the sound. It might have been cool to also sample it directly as I would guess that the tone would be different. This library only contains a single sample, so it gets a bit stretched sounding when you get more than an octave away from the original pitch A2. Real stylophones also offer multiple waveforms and vibrato. It might have been useful to sample some of those sounds as well. I'm not convinced that running the sample through a bunch of Logic Pedalboard effects was useful. I think that might be contributing to the thin and nasal sound although Stylophones kind of have that quality to start! Regardless, this is an interesting take on a classic instrument.

    Sam Ecoff28 October 2021