The story

“Your stuff is all dark and gloomy. Can’t you do anything nice and bright?,” they enquired.

“Of course. All I need is some maths…” I replied.

Here, with some help from Fourier, Risset, Karplus and Strong, is Decent Sampler pretending to be a generic percussive instrument emulator.

S is the basic underlying sine wave that probably plays the fundamental pitch.
M is medium length percussive metallic timbres. Tizz is often the word people use…
W is short length (fast decay) percussive wooden timbres. Tumb is one word people assign to woody sounds…

Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to set a couple of the vertical ‘mic’ sliders from the left from S, M and W, and then set the sound processing sliders on the right to taste.

(If you mix too many of the ‘mic’ sliders at once, then you may get some clicks. To reduce these, either use less ‘mic’ sliders (!) or try reducing the Release time.)

[ ‘Mic’ sliders? Yep: those vertical rectangular boxes with a bright bar in the lower part. You can see these in most Spitfire Audio Instruments – they allow you to select which microphones you want to have in your playback sound. In my instruments they are used to control the mix of the sound sources… ]

Sound sources are on the left. Sound processing is on the right.

MIDI Controllers

1 ‘Modulation Wheel’ controls the Low-Pass Filter cut-off frequency or ‘Tone’

11 ‘Expression’ controls the output volume

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


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  • A bit comical and unique texture

    Very nice synth!!! You can control and create your own sound. I like the sound from the middle range, I thought that it could be used for a robotic featured film. A little comical and interesting texture.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • A hint of the 80s...

    Really cool synthesizer that holds up on for both the low and high ends. It reminds me of the one used in the Stranger Things introduction. One thing that I notice as a common theme among your instruments are fantastic interfaces, but also very complicated ones. We might benefit from short tutorial videos on how to use them and get the best sounds out of the instrument. This is definitely a go-to download for anybody looking for a powerful synth with a slight 80s vibe. Great job!

    Christopher13 October 2021
  • Tons of synthetic sounds - just go easy on it!

    This instrument has to offer SO MUCH! You have to actually spend a lot of time in order to explore all the different sounds and possibilities. As I was doing it, I realised that it doesn't go well with speed and multiple notes, since it starts getting clicky and buggy, and I'm not sure why. Don't let that discourage you though, because the possibilities it provides are endless!

    Alex Raptakis04 November 2021
  • Interesting Sound!

    This pack has a very interesting percussive sound. It could almost be used as a bass element, although I find it sounds quite good when played in higher registers with lots of verb. The "SMW" menu is a little confusing to operate at first, but the inclusion of this feature is much appreciated. Good for people who are looking for 80's-esque sounds.

    Jake17 October 2021
  • Interesting, but the GUI wasn’t my thing.

    Math huh? Maybe the reason I didn’t get along with it, hahah. And I do like my stuf dark and gloomy, not nice and bright. Sorry mate, thanks for the effort though.

    electri-fire18 October 2021
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