The idea behind this library is to provide some unique sounds using both sampling and advanced synthesis.
What I really like in sound design is the fact that there are countless possibilities to create new sounds, just out of everything.
So I started recording some common stuff, such as a vacuum cleaner or a music box, and some really weird stuff like a flushing toilet, tube preamps with feedback paths, electromagnetic fields from cellphones and other electrical devices. These sounds has been recorded at high sample rates using both ordinary microphones (Sony PCM-D50, Rode NT5) as well some unusual stuff such the Stethosphone (a custom built tool I made years ago: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Stethosphone/234909), guitar pickups and so on.
Some sounds came from advanced synthesis techniques implemented under NI Reaktor, such as pictures to sounds, heavy cross-modulations and other crazier stuff. All raw files has been processed with various effect chains and finalized with top notch plugins such as 2C Audio, Waves, Maag, SPL and Elysia.
It was very exciting to make this library and I hope you will enjoy Abstract Textures as much as I enjoyed making
This project started as an experiment in summer 2009. I worked on this sound for months, trying to push the boundaries of subtractive synthesis together a wise usage of sampling. The final result is my first commercial library based on this synthesized, different and hopefully new piano sound.
The Modular Piano for NI Kontakt can be purchased as download at a price of €29 on Progsounds.com
The Modular Piano solo demo by Space4Keys
While programming my first library I ran into the need to have an acoustic piano sound. Since I don’t have a real piano to sample, I decided to synthesize it from scratch using “traditional” subtractive synthesis technique. This is my first good result and has been achived only by using basic oscillators, filters and so on. The only downside is the limited polyphony due to heavy CPU usage so I sampled almost every key and mapped them into a sampler in order to make this sound more usable.
Midi file provided by Purgatory Creek
Modular piano by Luca Capozzi – 2009
Update Oct. 14, 2009: Added color control and individual string detuning.
Default timbre – No color control – No strings detune
Color set to 25 – Strings detuned
Excerpt from Listzt Piano Concerto n. 1
Update Nov. 7: Trying different filters and parameters. Chopin Etude Op.10 n.4
Update Nov. 17: Layering different settings – Purgatory Creek
Grand Illusion (Jordan Rudess)
The Stethosphone is an “alternative” miking tool built using a couple of electret mic capsules mounted inside a cheap stethoscope. This instrument is very useful in order to experiment with surface recording from any object and it is good even as new way to record instruments such as guitars, drums and so on.
The following examples are Stethosphone recordings processed in Ableton Live with resonators, reverbs and delays.
First two recordings captured from my Sony Vaio surface. Source materials are fans and hard disk noises. The recordings have been processed in Ableton Live.
Vocal recording at low pitch, throat singing alike. The material has been processed in Ableton Live.
Reaktor session recorded pointing the Stethosphone few millimeters over the laptop speaker and, then, processing it via Ableton Live.
Collection of modules, mostly inspired by Doepfer stuff and some brand new one from me.
A- = Doepfer
G2- = Nord Modular G2
LC- = Luca Capozzi
A-101-3X Advanced Phaser
A-104 Trautonium Filter
A-113 Subharmonic Oscillator
A-114b Waveshaper / Ringmod
A-115 Audio Divider
A-116 VC Waveform Processor
A-136 Distortion Waveshaper
A-138c Polarizing Mixer
A-150 Voltage Controlled Switch
A-16X Clock Generator
A-160 Clock Divider
A-161 Clock Sequencer
A-162 Dual Trigger Delay
A-163 Voltage Controlled Divider
A-166 Logic Module
A-167 Analog Comparator
A-188 BBD Delay
G2-ADC 8bit Analog to Digital Converter
G2-DAC 8bit Digital to Analog Converter
LC-100-1 Advanced PWM Oscillator
A useful tool to stream DNA sequences as midi notes
Use genome data as base for your compositions or live improvisations. Check “Instructions.rtf” inside the archive. A table of Ostreococcus virus Os V5, controlling Beatslicer, is provided as example. The mp3 demo shows an extensive use of this ensemble as notes source for more mangling in Ableton Live.
In this track bassline, distant echoed guitars and swinging percussions are all generated by the same virus genome.
Tube Screamer like diode clipper
A diode clipper inspired to Ibanez Tube Screamer. Far from perfect, but sounds nice. Check the two MP3 files: first one with light drive settings while last one with full drive.
A nice and creamy overdrive made using a formula found on some paper about gravity studies that sounds great as waveshaper: 1/2(3 n^3 + 7 n^2 + 11n) + (2n+1).
1. Distorted bassline groove
How about using life behaviour to make music? Helix is one of answers, a very special drum machine made featuring genetic crossing over algorithm. The eight samples are triggered by childrens. Each couple of children is generated by single point crossing over of two parents chosen in the Couple macro. As bonus, a map full of circuit bent samples from my incoming library for Reason and Kontakt. Feel free to use’em on your songs. The drums on demo below is made using Helix.
1. Genetic drums (from Apocalypse Meow – Ka’tun IV)
An ensemble useful both as generator (like an Atari Punk Console) or sound mangler. Each group of 2 oscillators is connected to a Logic Gates Group. The result of both blocks is connected to another Logic Gates group and its output is your main sound and controller for the envelope generator. No external effects has been used for the audio demo. All reverbs, delays and phasers you’ll notice are generated by the Comb filter.
- 4 Square oscillators. Each couple is connected to a Logic Gate section.
- 3 Logic Gate Sections with inverters. Select different combination for your “bit” amusement.
- Comb Filter.
- Envelope Generator to control filter and gate. EG is triggered by Operators mix.
- Gate section controlled by Operators or Envelope Generator.
1. Processed L3 drums
- Laneta on LC Modules Collection Vol.1
- Filipe Oliveira on Lead Sculpting
- DREAM THEATER - THE TEST THAT STUMPED THEM ALL keyboard solo | Akane Go Blog on Lead Sculpting
- How to play keyboard solo: DREAM THEATER – THE TEST THAT STUMPED THEM ALL | Akane Go Blog on Lead Sculpting
- Yef on The Modular Piano 2010