Jake Hendriksen’s Reviews
I Really Like This Instrument!
This appealed to me immediately. The sound has some similarity to pizzicato strings, yet has a timbre all its own. I've found I enjoy playing simple intervals/octaves, or arpeggios the most. I couldn't get the .exs file to work in Logic, but dragging the ".dslibrary" file into Decent Sampler worked quite well.
This Gives Me Butterflies
The range of options here is very exciting! Close, far and "balcony" mics, all sounding great, with wonderful velocity sensitivity. I got butterflies as I listened to the rolls on bass and snare in particular, but the chimes - with choice of hard or soft mallet! - and toms are also excellent. Playing with the "tune" setting on these provided further versatility, with a wider range of usable pitches being available to create. I would like to see at least some of these combined into a single virtual instrument if possible, but in the meantime, there is much that can be done with this excellent sample pack!
The Instrument To Use When You Don't Want People To Notice It?
I watched and loved Christian's video about the purchase and unboxing of this enigma, so I am definitely primed to look for and find the things I enjoy about this instrument: This instrument is mellow, almost to the point of sounding like a sine wave - though still rather musical. It spans the entire breadth of the keyboard without sounding too artifact-y at any point, which is remarkable. I concur with similar comments about portions of the lower registers - roughly D2 to B2 - sounding boomy and woofy. Below that, though, I was really surprised by the clear and strong bass... "it's a fcking celeste", after all, right?! It also appears that the "Attack" knob doesn't affect the sound; I can really picture a smoother attack making this into an interesting pad, and hopefully this is just a small oversight that can be addressed. I can picture myself using this instrument, not as a star performer, but as an ensemble player, doubling parts to add energy - without anyone other than me ever really knowing that it was there.
Delightful and Nostalgic, Yet Feels Widely Usable
The Tape Loop is good and gritty, the Coby is lofi, mono, and a little darker, which are less to my taste, but definitely have their uses. The Technics, for me, is instantly pleasant and musical, with a remarkable range of timbres, thanks to the numerous sliders for various "stops" including but not limited to "Cello", "Flute", "Melodia", "Pedal", "Tbone", and "Var. Highs", "Var. Mids". Control over Attack, Tone & Dynamic Range, Reverb and Release, as well as panning of individual "stops" makes this a particularly usable and functional interface, that allows a lot of control and flexibility in getting what you want from the instrument. I would love to see the Mod Wheel mapped to something by default, probably Tone. I feel like I've gotten sounds ranging from "1970's Instructional Safety Video" to "Reed Organ" to "80's synthpop" to bordering on "Cathedral Organ" out of this instrument.