Shaku Realm

Fun experiments with Kilohearts’ Phase Plant...

The story

This instrument is sort of blatantly the result of a meme.

Before I say this, I am not affiliated in any way commercially with the company, but:

I’ve recently acquired Kilohearts’ Phase Plant synth through subscription and have gone on an adventure of designing all new kinds of new sounds in the realm of synthesizers. One thing that is often requested enough in their discord server that I find a little humorous, is multisampling capability.

The synth itself is already quite massively powerful, and if I had one tool to turn to most of the time when figuring out how to create something innovative, this is the first weapon chosen from my arsenal. Phase Plant DOES have a sample generator, and so I thought “In theory, you could use the synth to load in all of the samples individually and have it interpret input MIDI note and velocity values to modulate the volume / precedence of every single voice and act like a multisampler” (maybe less eloquently than that).

So thats what I did.

The result isn’t clean, it isn’t Hi-Fi, and it’s not even close to lightweight on the CPU.

But gosh darnit, the thing works! (And I do think its sounds pretty in its own way)

All odds (but more realistically convention) against me, in the span of about 40 minutes I had made something that I would even use. And a lot of the time that’s what this comes down to, right?

We, the sampling community, have a drive to find some unpolished shoe out there, take it and give it a home, and polish that shoe! And that’s how we love to create art — sometimes resulting in things of beauty we might never otherwise expect.

The sampling specs are 3 velocity layers per 3 different notes sampled: E4, F half # 4 (oops), and G#4. In the original instrument I forgot to name the samples, but I wanted people to know the notes and velocities used so I provided the original file name set along with the proper names. I left the half sharp out so that anyone attempting to have software recognize velocity and pitch from filename would have an easier time. The microphone is an AKG C414 running into a MOTU 828x with some slight dehum applied and an accompanying computer fan singingly contributing to the noise floor behind.

I hope you all enjoy, and honestly this was mostly just a litmus test to see if I could get away with submitting a synth patch at 2am in the morning.

I’ve auto-sampled this instrument and provide a couple more common-platform versions of it as well as the original Phase Plant version so more people can try it out instantly. The original patch is the best sounding version as it includes all the actual fx processing heard on the adapted versions, but hopefully this makes it a little bit more accessible for the community. Cheers!


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  • A beautiful spin on the traditional instrument

    I have been looking for this for a while. I have tried some expensive paid plugins but never felt happy with the results. Just 5 minutes of playing with this and it has hit the spot! It has a rich yet subtle character. Whilst the sound quality won't win awards it all adds to the overall uniqueness. I have used in some Lo-fi pieces and it works amazingly well for that!!!

    natureseye12 October 2021