The Almost Cool Recorder

Recorder sampled close and run through an amp....

The story

Yes, The Recorder. Some call it the “gateway instrument”, as it will hopefully lead the budding music maker off to more exciting sonic landscapes. But few recover from hearing 20 kids playing in unison all in their own respective key! Nonetheless I thought I would pay my respect to it as it may have gotten a bad rap. I recorded up close with a 57 through a Neve 1073. I re-amped through an old Fender Princeton and a Tube Screamer and an Electro Harmonix Memory Man. Kind of a primitive approach… almost cool.

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  • Another warm pad

    I like this for a unique delay! I could not tell it was a recorder, can be used as an ambient pad.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Shiny shiny !

    In the highest notes, this instrument will give your song a real shiny layer, like crystal do. I use it with violins to get some high harmonics and make my mix brighter, love it.

    Oathr12 October 2021
  • Not cool, but very warm instead!

    The title of the instrument is misleading. I wouldn't call this cool either, but I would call it very damn warm. Whatever you play with it creates a very wholesome feeling that will do justice to your soundscapes.

    Opening the instrument will only show you an image of a recorder in a halftone cover. Other than that, it's pretty barebones, but very joyful to play, with a nice sound quality to it. You might be able to listen some veeery low overtones, but I bet that's something that can be removed with some slight EQ.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Mellow tones

    This isn't a favorite of mine from joshua but it still great, as is all his stuff. Its super warm and mellow in the mids but it can be a bit shrill in the highs. It has a slightly gritty sound most likely because of the amps. It would be awesome to have control over this but thats a big ask. The sound is ethereal but not too clean when you want a bit of extra grit. Josh has given us so many great instruments. A true pianobook OG

    septemberwalk14 November 2021
  • Smooth and nice

    Thank you Joshua for sharing this. Something I love that this library can do is really nice cluster chords in the midrange, just start hitting every note you can locate and this patch makes you at ease while doing so. You're just in complete harmonic disarray but you know deep down inside that everything is gonna be okay :)

    Conner13 November 2021
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