Slinky Violin

A violin recorded through a slinky for a hauntingly beautiful reverb....

The story

In November 2020, I attached a slinky to my violin, effectively turning my home into a giant reverb tank. The resulting sound is dusty and metallic, but also hauntingly beautiful.

## About the sample

The sample libraries include both the slinky sound, and the dry room sound. In this way you can choose how conventional you want your The dry room sound was recorded with a stereo mic in standard X-Y pair pattern.

Available for Kontakt, SFZ, and Decent Sampler.

The library contains five versions of the patch:

– Slinky Violin: This is the basic version of the patch. It has two velocity layers. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin (forte layers only): The version just consists of the loud layers. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin (piano layers only): The version just consists of the soft layers. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin Duet: This version consists of both the soft and loud layers from the above sample being played at the same time. Velocity controls volume.
– Slinky Violin Duet (modwheel): Orchestral composers will want to start with this one. The dynamics in this patch are controlled by the modwheel (MIDI CC1). With the modwheel all the way down, you get just one violin. With the modwheel all the way up, you get both layers at full volume.

## About the experiment

Video: https://youtu.be/uM8NkACgxQs

Throughout the years, I’ve owned several guitar amps with built-in spring reverb, and I’ve always loved that twangy, metallic sound. Spring reverb in electric guitar amps works by taking the signal from a guitar’s pickups, amplifying it, passing it into one end of a long coil, picking it up at the other end, and then amplifying that signal some more. Because the internal coil is long and twisty, the sound waves don’t travel directly from one end of the reverb tank to another, but instead take their time and bounce around. This produces the characteristic reverb effect we’ve all come to know and love.

I’ve always wondered what a violin would sound like if it were subjected to a similar treatment. Of course, an acoustic violin is a bit more analog than an electric guitar – there is no pickup – which raises the question: what if you were to attach the spring directly to the body of the instrument you were trying to add reverb to? After seeing a Simon the Magpie Youtube video in which Simon attempted a similar experiment on his acoustic guitar, I knew exactly what I had to do. You can watch my experiment unfold in the video linked above.

And yes, I’ve since replaced the slinky I stole from my son. 😉

Reviews

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  • Can't believe this is a free sound

    this sound really works both as a solo and as a pad This is so helpful especially for someone like me who does't have any other solo violin. A little hard to play for me but still works!! Thanks David!!

    Jipang17 October 2021
  • Ridiculously perfect.

    There is nothing else to ask for. Just download it and use it already! The chills, the feels, the character, playability... Everything is there and it's waiting for you to create something worth crying for. You have been gifted. Now go.

    Alex Raptakis16 October 2021
  • Favourite Violin samples

    It has everything I want in an instrument. Good usable options and a ton of inspiration. Works right out of the ethernet and makes me want to create.

    red1316 October 2021
  • Unique and Inspiring!

    Its a great library, recorded extremely well. The main patch gives me vibes of Morricone in the 80s. Think 'The Untouchables'. The duet patches are great for large chords. Hot Tip for users: Send it through a tremolo plugin and you'll create some awesome organic stuttering pad sounds.

    RTreves16 October 2021
  • Love the forte layers!

    Distinctive and beautiful texture out of the box. Forte layer has some projection power so I think can be used to add a characteristic solo line.

    Asuka Amane15 October 2021
  • My Favourite Violin

    This may be my favourite solo violin. The sound is absolutely brilliant and I find myself pulling it out often. I have used it on several productions and can't recommend it enough. As one of my friends put it, It's basically a violin with a spring reverb, But it really is so much more characterful. The slinky really adds to the instrument just as much as it adds to the effect.

    Kiko14 October 2021
  • Awesome

    No other words needed , it's just an awesome idea and the sound it's fantastic. Also , it is one of the very few times that I did use all the versions included in the library so for me everyone should know how much a genius you are to have created this library and how much work and passion you put dedicate to the Decent Sampler project...thank you soo much David! ❤

    ARKAN13 October 2021
  • Not your daddy's violin

    ... unless you happen to be David's offspring, I guess. I have a strong leaning towards electronica, in all forms and shades. My favorite thing about this sample pack is that it sounds like someone manipulated a violin sample, right out of the box. I love the subtle textures that arise when playing long notes, and I love the haunting echo after releasing a short note. I've found quite a few uses for it, and tend to default to this sample pack when I want the sound of a single violin playing versus an entire section. I don't really have any notes; it's a well constructed sample pack that sounds beautiful, and I honestly can't think of a way to improve it.

  • No piano, Just a slinky and a violin, a pianobook classic!

    The depth, dexterity and depravity of pianobook contributors imagination is one of the things that keeps me coming back, just one. This is an innovation that didn't need to happen but the fact that it did is a triumph of the creative will. The words Slinky and violin sit diametrically opposed to the Arvo Part of darkness that this instrument dreams into being. Words can't describe magic like this. Play on!

    Consterdine12 October 2021
  • Crazy Creative and fun!

    This was one of the first downloads from piano book I downloaded. It captured my imagination and inspired me to see what could happen if you let go of the rules! Thanks so much for the inspiration

    Phantommxr12 October 2021