A vintage 1980s Tosco crash cymbal turned into a keyboard sound...

The story

This keyboard sound, that is reminiscent of both a Fender Rhodes and an analog synth, was created by doing sound design experiments using destructive EQing.

I created the original sample by striking a vintage 1980s Tosco crash cymbal with a mallet, recording the strike with a close mic (dynamic, Shure SM57) and a matched pair of stereo room mics (condenser, RØDE M5). My favourite sample was then duplicated and destructively EQed to give the two main Clean sounds: Some of the mid-frequencies of the sample are used for the main keyboard sound (E1 to C7, marked blue on the keyboard), while some of the low-frequencies of the sample are used for the keyboard-bass/bass drum sound (A-1 to D#1, marked violet on the keyboard).

The Drive group of samples was created by re-amping the Clean sounds (once per stereo channel) through a Fulltone OCD pedal running into an overdriven Fender Blues Jr. tube amp and a Markbass Mini CMD 151P bass amp (for the low notes).

Here’s to experimentation!

Features (Kontakt):
– Drive control (and/or the Drive signal can be added to the Clean signal using CC1).
– Tremolo on/off button and Rate control (or the Rate can be controlled using CC21).
– Volume mapped to CC11.
– Reverb control (also in the DS version).

Note for the Kontakt version: The mapped midi CC assignments can be removed, if needed. The CC11 modulator can be removed by pressing on the wrench icon (to go under the hood), going to the “Mod” tab, selecting the modulator that reads “midi CC, 11”, then right clicking on the selected modulator to open the “Delete” dialogue box, before clicking “Delete”. This process can be repeated to remove the CC1 modulator. While under the hood, the other CC assignment can be removed by right clicking the corresponding effect parameter (Phasis, “Rate”) and selecting “Remove MIDI Automation”.

Note for the Decent Sampler (DS) version: The Clean and Drive signals can be blended and muted using the corresponding volume knobs, which can also be midi-mapped.

The first demo of mine that features this instrument (and four others that I have created) is called “Wood, Metal, And Mane- Demo” and can be heard on the Cymbal Atmos instrument page.


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Instant childhood vibes

    Splashing shhhhh and rock n' roll is what a naive me would have expected, but it turned out the opposite. Instead, it reminds me of the toy boxes that play those simple melodies. But it has a different kind of flavor, it's softer and richer like a nice yellow sofa next to squeaky wooden dining chairs. Fantastic job, thanks!

    Ef Nerva14 October 2021
  • Duality of sound...

    From the gentle, bell-like pings to harsh and driving tones, this instrument is extremely versatile. The clean signal has soft pings whereas the drive control gives the sound more grit, distortion, and angst. Fantastic job on this one. It's amazing how you were able to get such a variety of sounds from something as simple as a cymbal.

    christopher13 October 2021
  • Not a bad little instrument

    An interesting sound, with a surprisingly pure tone for something created from sampling a crash cymbal. has an '808' sort of feel in the low end whereas the mid and upper ranges are more akin to a vibraphone. Cranking up the drive setting will offer you are more retro sound if that's what you're after. The only thing holding back this instrument is the limited controls and clicking which can affect the tremolo in the Kontakt version.

    Kalaish Stanley13 October 2021
  • Really nice simple library. Limited but useful

    I love the GUI. Very simple, didn't send me into paroxysms of fear as complicated GUI's often do. Very simple sound, but useful. Don't expect that much complexity, but I think it gets the job done, to be honest. Really like this

    Paul Whiting12 October 2021
  • A Good effort!

    When playing around with this instrument, without the drive sound, to me, it sounded like something you would hear just before an announcement at the airport, however when I played around with the reverb and drive settings I was pleasantly surprised to hear a great sound come out and could hear what Sage Reynolds was trying to get at. The lower registers is the part of the instrument which makes it for me so good job! and and carry on creating!

    Npavely112 October 2021
  • Simple but decent

    The sound is great and if you dile up the drive knop it gets a nice 8bit sound. But something is wrong with the tremolo in the kontakt version. It clickes.

    Stephan Scholz12 October 2021
  • Some interesting tones, but a bit limited

    The clean tone sounds similar to a celeste and reminds me of something I'd hear on n64 era Zelda soundtracks. Very clean and soothing, but a bit basic. The drive tone sounds like a pitched-up 808. It changes in tone at F2 and D1, although D1 is much more sudden and drastic.

    VaporGabe12 October 2021