Years ago, I wrote Python codes to generate some wavetables in the shapes of Pulse, Saw, Tri, and Sine, including some very odd shapes. These multiple shapes of wavetables were mixed, mangled and “Sampled” into new sounds. The codes were kept in my computer for a while until recently I discovered this awesome community, the Pianobook. So, I decided to give the codes a try, to make some sample based instruments.
Although there are no real instruments involved in the sampling process, the challenge is to discover the wavetable ingredients for the samples that are not sound messy and yet mix well together with others. Some sounds are rather out of tune or do not harmonize with others. It took me some time to fine-tune the codes, also with the hope that I can use the codes to modify or filter the real instrument samples that I’m going to record in the future.
Besides, a pair of sounds (two different sounds source) is used to produce the final output, so that more variety of sounds can be discovered from this instrument. To make the instrument sounds more natural and real, a few samples are grouped together for the velocity layers & round-robin.
I also aim to make the UI as unique & clean as possible while incorporating all the necessary parameters. A “Randomise” button is created on the UI for users to explore new setting combinations and variations. Simply click on the Random button to discover new sounds that have never been heard before.
Note: Kontakt 6 & Decent Sampler are two different Samples Player. You will notice that the output sounds from both players is different as both of their Effects engine is not the same.
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This incredibly small instrument is made of just 18 samples and it's barely under 20MB. With that said, the amount of different sounds you can get is hilariously big. The concept is that you have 2 fully controllable layers of sounds, each with its very own settings and effects to mess with. If you are too bored for that, the creator has included 22 different presets for Kontakt and 6 for DecentSampler for you to get started right away.
Personally, I think that the best feature in this instrument is the "random" button (which I think it can only be found in Kontakt). You can get some unexpected sounds that can inspire you on the spot for something very different than what you initially had in mind. Incredible I dare to say!