Spoken Pads

Pads made from talking, not singing............

The story

One of the interesting things about speech is that you can reverse-engineer it to get the frequency response of the human vocal tract – the throat, mouth, lips, nose, teeth, tongue, etc. You can then manipulate that spectrum to extract the main ‘pitched’ part (the ‘musical’ bit), plus everything else (noise, harmonics, stray frequencies… – all the ‘interesting’ stuff!). These two parts can then be mixed to give different blends between ‘pitched’ and ‘noisy’ – it’s a primitive synthesis technique, but it is easy to use, and can be very effective.

‘Spoken Pads’ started out with several minutes of plain ordinary talking (not singing!), and ended up with Pitch P and Noise N parts, selectable via the two rows of ‘mic’ sliders. You can mis-match the parts if you want to… All exploration is encouraged! The Pitch row also has two different octave sine waves (Ss) if you want a stronger sense of pitch. The Noise row also has two resonances (Xx) that can emphasize or augment the tube-like characteristics of the human vocal tract.

‘Spoken Padz’ Note the ‘z’ puts detune deep into the parts, rather than just putting a chorus on the output. This sounds a lot more synthetic in timbre.

Sound-wise, Spoken Pads/Padz sits somewhere between a vocal pad and a synthetic pad sound – the ‘mic’ sliders provide a lot of variation in spectral content, including some where the harmonics are very strong, which can make the pitch a little ‘nebulous’… Using the ADSR envelope controls, you can move outside of the slow AR ‘pad’ envelope shape and go percussive, if you wish.

MIDI Controllers

1 ‘Modulation Wheel’ controls the Low-pass Filter Cut-off Frequency Tone

11 ‘Expression’ controls the output volume

19 ‘General Purpose 4’ controls the Reverb Wet/Dry mix

Interface

Reviews

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  • Odd and unsettling in a good way!

    I love it when people go outside of the box and create something that is truly unusual and inspirational. The sounds that can be created using these pads helps the creative process when working on the mood and atmosphere of a composition.

    Robert Gutschow22 October 2021
  • Nicely different

    Fits my dark ambient very good. Some sounds are a heavy load for my humble iPad air2, I would appreciate lighter versions of the sounds in general.

    electri-fire18 October 2021
  • Haunting!

    If you're in need of some spooky ambient sounds, this is the pack for you. With a bit of tweaking you can really hone in to what you're looking for. For me, the only thing that would make this better is If it included a reverse granular reverb type cloud FX feature to give a bit of more movement. Overall, pretty unique and worth a download.

    Jake18 October 2021
  • Beatifully haunting pads

    Unique in their sound, these pads give a haunting, interesting character to the now widely-known vocal pads. They have a lot of character, and can be very inspirational, even if difficult to tame musically.

    Nolram17 October 2021
  • Spooky and angelic textured choir pad

    I am almost a choir geek, I tend to download all the choir libraries available. This is very close to my favorite, a little between spooky textured and angelic textured voice. If you like a different taste of choir, you should try this out!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Novel Concept

    The concept behind this sample pack is certainly novel, and it's clear that tons of time and effort went into the beautiful UI. I've never seen anything else quite like this. I'm having some trouble figuring out where I'd use these sounds. Maybe the next time I have to do a horror/spooky score they will come in handy. Other than that, they're not my cup of tea, but I'm looking forward to hearing more interesting and novel ideas in the future!

    Sam Ecoff16 October 2021
  • Interesting concept

    and I'm all for a good concept. Kontakt man myself but the Decent Sampler download was straightforward enough. Now to explore some more...

  • Ghostly

    Some great sounds!

    Caift15 October 2021
  • Great Idea!

    Lovely idea and a concept that I think could develop and iterate moving forward. This gave me some ideas of my own, so I found it inspriring.

    havovubu14 October 2021
  • Interesting Texture

    The first patch i really like for adding some weird single note ambient textures, i can't really see it being useful as a pad playing chords though

    septemberwalk13 October 2021
  • A promising concept...

    I really like the idea of this sample library with very processed sounding vocal samples. It might be worth making a short video tutorial on how to use the interface to help out those who may be unfamiliar with the controls, especially since there are a lot to tinker with. It might also benefit from more "pitched" sounds since a lot of them right now feel more like atmospheric effects that can be difficult to build chords with. Feel free to reach out, I'm always happy to give more detailed feedback or suggestions! Best!

    christopher13 October 2021
  • Great source of exploration

    The I don´t fully understand the GUI but that is sort of apart of the fun with the instrument. Pulling on faders and seeing what happens. I really like it, the sounds are very deep and nuanced. A great tool for creating textures. More like a living thing than most other libraries.

    Bobby Rösehag13 October 2021
  • Brilliant idea

    Its a very good concept, but I feel like it would need some more honing to it.

    Heikki Ketola13 October 2021
  • Interesting Idea!

    When playing around with this instrument I wasn't able to get a hand on what your supposed to do with it personally, also the GUI is a bit to busy for my liking, however and interesting idea overall and you could possibly think about vocal Pad sounds as a basis for future development, well done though on all the effort you've obviously put into it!!

    Npavely112 October 2021