The story

Can you make a synth-like sound out of a kitchen chair? Well, yes, apparently!

Similarly to the Drinking Glass, I sampled one of my mum’s kitchen chairs, specifically I hit the narrow beams making up the back of the chair with my fingernail.
This particular sound was made from a sample created by recording my fingernail going up the beams, in a “harp glissando” fashion. I did that three times, so I got mp, mf and f samples, if you will. However, I did not use the mp sample for these patches.

The initial idea was to make an “infinite glissando” patch, at which I failed miserably: after denoising the sample a bit, I applied some pitch shifting to it, and a very generous amount of delay and reverb. Unfortunately, I did not really achieve the “infinite glissando” effect I was going for.
However, a happy accident happened, after importing the sample into Kontakt 5: within the Source section in the Group editor, one can pick between DFD, sampler, and a few more options. I went for one of the Time Machine options, and the original glissando started to sound like a synthesiser! I was absolutely baffled, but I thought it was something quite extraordinary, therefore I decided to resample it and make a similar, softer sounding patch with the resamples.

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  • Unique and original sound from the kitchen!!

    Very interesting!!! A bit ghostly, and nice sound. Very unique!

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • Kitchens of distinction

    A surprisingly cosmic tone set from culinarily related implements. Give this one a go, it's a treat!

    Consterdine12 October 2021
  • Noisy but might be an interesting sound to some.

    The two chair samples found have a nice sound that has definitely sparked my interest. I'd say that the "resampled" one has a little more potential to the original one, only because the latter has a small buzz that ends in the middle of the sample, and that might be a little annoying to deal with.

    Alex Raptakis28 October 2021
  • Metallic Glassy Tone

    This instrument has a metallic glassy tone that i think is pretty suitable for scoring. Its very playable and rich sounding. For me personally there are similar glass and metallic bowed type sounds on pianobook that i feel have more character and clarity than this but its still a creative instrument that sounds good on its own.

    septemberwalk12 November 2021
  • Nice Soundscape Made From Kitchen Stuff

    Great sound. Has a mesmerizing feel. Layer more reverb on this sound to push it back in the mix. Great sound for the holiday season too!

    dafingaz13 October 2021
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