I’ve always loved the stark, fragile atmosphere of winter, and this year I was lucky enough to have several days of heavy snow in Leeds, UK. My goal for this instrument was to capture this atmosphere, using my field recordings of the snowfall in various locations in Leeds. The instrument comprises of pads and sound effects designed from my recordings. It also includes my not so virtuosic violin playing to add more depth to the main instrument. I’ve separated the sounds I’ve used into different combinations for ease of use. This is my first contribution to the Pianobook community, and hopefully, there will be many more. Happy composing!
Reviews for Snow
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...un peu comme si on y était !
I did discover this instrument with great interest and while playing it... it was very fun to discover what is under the hood. I feel it quite musical and, as the author wrote... we really feel the ambiance beeing in snow outside... Vraiment, une belle contribution au carrefour Pianobook... un instrument virtuel qui «souffle» l'émotion et l'imaginaire sous nos doigts ! Bravo et Merci...
Amazing Icy Tundra
Im pretty blown away by this. The Pads have an amazing warm yet glassy/ icy sound that is nice and resonant but not in an overbearing way. the entire range sounds great in my opinion, i love the super lows, super highs and everything in-between. I often find the super highs on instruments like these piercing but not this one. I almost didn't notice the extras but theres some great stuff in there as well, a more pulsing version of the pad and an amazing scratchy violin tremolo that honestly sounds great. I agree with Alex, you definitely need to mention the mod wheel effect somewhere, i wouldn't have known about it unless i read his review first but it takes this instrument to a whole other level. I really wish the squaking bird wasn't included though. maybe you could update this without it cause i really love this otherwise. Im really impressed with this.
Potential for greatness!
I'd like to say that this is very interesting sound patch. The only thing I can say is that it's too bass-heavy, but that can be fixed with some EQ, though you won't find any settings in the GUI, except for a lovely snowy wallpaper to set the mood. Speaking of GUI though, the modwheel setting is LOVELY, and I don't know why it is not mentioned or indicated anywhere, which is a shame because I bet there will be many people who won't even notice!
Try the Mod Wheel and the Extras!
What starts as a simple pad reveals itself as a whole winterscape with scratchy violins, snow falling from branches and birds twittering away. If you're someone who likes a little more control, the elements are presented separately and in combinations in the 'extras' folder. This is such an inspiring library. It's well recorded, well edited, and very playable. If you're someone who likes to add some atmospheric sounds here and there in a track, this library is right up your alley. I've already used it in tracks, and I'm sure I'll use it again the future!