I needed some big rubber bands one day. Noticed a suitable wood box I was in need of for my studio on the same trip to the store. Of course the kid in me raised his head and said these need to be combined. So it’s a box with a rubber band around it.
I recorded different plucks of the “string” then expanded them with some sound design tricks to have a chromatic range. Some are bass oriented, some work better in the higher register. I decided to record the actual box itself as a percussive instrument. I used a cajon snare block to get a snare sound out of it.
I also created some designed instruments from the source material to accompany the “natural” sounds.
Reviews for The Rubberband Box
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The most fun you can have with a box.. and a rubber band.. and a huge amount of work
Wow, amazing instrument! Just the huge collection of presets alone makes this an instant keeper. I was planning to use this more as a soft plucks, maybe paired with a guitar or string section, but this instrument takes the attention and is a lot more aggressive than I expected. Right away I paused on the project I was working on and wrote a little upbeat electronic song. This instrument can fuel creativity for sure, and not just with the basic pluck presets. 8 widely different pluck sounds and then 8 more pads and sound design presets that I'm having so much playing with. I'm adding the percussion preset into my electronic song because what's better than a rubber band melody? More rubber bands.
Just goes to show you're only limited by your imagination and ingenuity. First we start with variations on one of the coolest Alt Bass/Guitar sounds I've heard in a long time. The GUI is a brilliant and perfectly judged - exactly the sort of effects I would have been reaching for anyway. Then we move on to a plentitude of no fewer than 9 perfectly executed lessons in sound design which cover a breathtaking range of textures and genres. In a world of "samey" this is so refreshing. Followed, can't wait to see what's next.
This is so great, it's going to make you feel inadequate
This is such a fun cool library. It is organic, it's perfectly recorded, edited, and programmed. It's immediately playable. It's got character, it's a whole bunch of different sounds, and it's a rubber band stretched around a box. Super interface, thank you for not drenching it in reverb, but thank you for providing it. I have no choice but to admit my own inadequacy as a samplist and simply give this library 5 stars for everything!!! Amazing and awesome work!
This guy did it properly!
Let's face it. We've all tried to play music with rubberbands at some point! I certainly did that a lot. This guy took this idea and made, not one, not two, but 8 different types of rubberband instruments. Quality-wise, you can hear some wonky sounds if you play at higher velocities, but the sound is very nice overall.
You will also find some extra options to play in the nicely done GUI, such as saturation, chorus, delay and reverb, along with a low pass and a high pass filter. These might not sound very useful at first, but since there are 8 more patches that include drone and pad like sounds. There is also an awesome little percussion patch!
Kudos for both the creativity and for the execution!
It's an organ, it's a bass, it's a rubber band on a box
A bunch of different preset sounds, I would never have guessed a rubber band could be so versatile but this is basically a unique prepackaged synth. And it all actually sounds really good. Could easily fill in the role of a synth bass, with other patches sounding more like banjo, piano, organ, etc. The versatility makes me want to write something entirely for rubber band box. The GUI is good too with plenty of effects options readily accessible. I definitely do not regret the curiosity-driven download of the rubberband box.