The Felt Bottle

A water bottle struck with a soft felt mallet.

The story

I found the perfect water bottle, acoustically speaking that is. My family teases me for being obsessed with such things but hey, Im right! This one really sounds good, almost hang drum like at times. I wanted to use a felt mallet to get a softer attack, obviously going for the same effect as a Felt Piano.. I recorded many soft hits with the bottle filled with water at various degrees to change the pitch. I then, pitched them up and down more to broaden the range. I added some light filtering, a little verb and noise reduction. I also included a pad and an Arpeggiator, which I think works really well for this instrument. “Motion And Space” combines the Arp with the pad. You can definitely add some “Splosh” on “The Felt Bottle” for some extra love. Enjoy!

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  • The new "Felted Piano" Vibroglockarimbaphone.

    And again. Joshua creates a new instrument that none of us - well certainly not me anyway - new we needed. It's like a "soft piano" version of all those piano-like percussion instruments. Perfect for that reflective cue where piano/rhodes/vibes/whatever just aren't right. All it needs now is a name. "Meltzephone" maybe?

    Mark Lord03 December 2021
  • Water bottle? Low range is awesome.

    Simple but beautiful! Very playable. I especially like the low range sounds which has a little like sub boom effect.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • This definitely grew on me

    As much as I love Joshua's sample libraries, I have to admit that this did next to nothing for me at first. However, as I played it more and more, it really grew on me. The main Felt Bottle sound itself is really rather nondescript, but then I tried the arpeggiator and began to warm up to it. The Motion and space multi combines the bottle pad and arpeggiator, and it's a truly potent combination. This is another great library from Joshua and a very inspiring download!

    Sam Ecoff04 November 2021
  • The last Multi as awesome

    I didn't find the first few patches to be that interesting. When i got to the last multi however i was really impressed. This sounds so awesome as an organic arpeggiator and these samples seemed to have more of that metallic ringy tone that some of the earlier patches. The samples load really quiet by default but this isn't a huge issue. Ill mainly be using that last multi in this instrument. I can already see it working great in organic house and downtempo. Thanks for this.

    septemberwalk30 October 2021
  • Very cute, very quiet

    All the patches are very low on volume, so I'd recommend to give it some boost when you are about to put it into a mix. If you leave it on default, the pad might seem to die right before it peaks because of its relatively short duration, so keep that in mind. The main patch sounds very good though. I can see it going well with a jungle cue by using the low range, or in a more child-like cue with the higher range.

    To my surprise, while Joshua doesn't really put any GUI on his instruments, one patch has an arpeggiator included that works perfectly and will definitely spark some new ideas to you!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
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