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  • Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive 3

    I just released my second library for MachFive:





    Ambient Strings focusses on atmospheric sounds and textures derived from string instruments like cello, violin (electric and acoustic), electric and acoustic guitars, psaltery (ebowed, plucked and bowed) and oud. The patches combine textural sounds, multisampled acoustic instruments and more exotic instrument articulations with electronic textures all derived from the dry instrument samples to create wonderful, ethereal, dark and mysterious sound worlds. Expressive multisampled instruments, temposynced instrument sequences and morphable soloistic phrases are also included in this library.


    16 patches patches/instruments have scripted interfaces for extended sound manipulation, a snapshot system especially developed for this library allows the user to save and recall 5 snapshots, or recall the 5 snapshots programmed into the patches by default. So on top of the 75 patches this library ships with another 64 snapshot variations.


    All non-scripted patches have the Modwheel and the 8 Macros assigned in the info tab, quite a few also use Aftertouch. Many patches integrate the wealth of MachFive's sound generators and combine them with granular and normal sampling. In many patches temposynced modulators are used to animate the amplitudes and filters of the involved samples and sound generators, often keyswitchable sound combinations or different articulations are available within one patch. 
All patches which have several different sounds split across the keyboard (often over a range of six octaves or more) use key-colouring in MachFive's keyboard which makes it easier to navigate through the various split sounds.


    All acoustic instrument-samples in this library are recorded in a dry studio environment with top notch Neumann microphones in L-C-R at 48 Khz/24 Bit. All microphone signals are phase-aligned which enhances the stereo field and the transparency of the recorded samples.


    The Snapshot system
    The snapshot system especially developed for this library allows the user to save and recall 5 snapshots, or recall the 5 snapshots hard-coded into the patches by clicking on the "Reset" buttons at the bottom of the snapshot interface. To access the snapshots just click on the "Snapshots" button at the top right of the interface.


    You can view/download the PDF for this library with more details, the licence agreement, and the patchlist including descrtptions and playing tips here.


    Scripting by Iain Morland.


    Content:

    • *3.35 GB of original samples (wavs/stereo/48 Khz/24 Bit), 6 impulse responses, 4 single cycles
 - a small fraction of samples was borrowed from other patchpool libraries.
      * 75 patches (including 3 low CPU variations) plus 64 snapshot variations inside the scripted patches, combining all synthesis forms available in MachFive 3.



    Sampled Instruments:

    • *Cello
      *Violin (acoustic and electric)
      *Acoustic Guitar (classical - nylon / western - steel)
      *Electric Guitar (amped and DI-box)
      *Psaltery


    Instrument categories:

    • *Acoustic Guitar (7)
      *Cello (20 + 2 low CPU variations)
      *Electric Guitar (7)
      *Electronic Scapes (8)
      *Hybrid Strings (10)
      *Psaltery (11)
      *Violin (10 + 1 low CPU variation)


    More specs:

    • *3.35 GB of samples (wavs/stereo/48 Khz/24 Bit)
      *75 patches (including 3 low CPU variations) plus 64 snapshot variations inside the scripted patches, combining all synthesis forms available in MachFive.
      *Delivery: download - RAR-archive in 4 parts for better download handling
      *Price (paypal): € 68 EUR



    Please note: this library requires the full version of MachFive 3 (version 3.2 and higher), it will not work with the UVI workstation.


    Product page.


    All demos were produced entirely with MachFive 3 using only patches from Ambient Strings, no post-processing was applied apart from a limiter on the outputs and some volume automation, if several instances of MachFive were used in a track.





    Videos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR1VI4BM8jE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI1Tr1Maeh8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMnR64XBoN8

    More videos for Ambient Strings can be found in this youtube playlist.


    Thank's for reading
    Simon Stockhausen
    Last edited by Sampleconstruct; 11-14-2014, 11:36 AM. Reason: update

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  • #2
    Multisampled psaltery tremoli in unison mode (3 voices, Modwheel for detuning up to +/- 1 octave) with two keyswitchable articulations (plectrum and chop sticks) meets Cello Glissando Scanner, where you can scan through two multisampled gliss phrases with the wheel/Macro and add all sorts of temposynced modulations (triplet based):

    http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/psaltery-trems-cello-scanner

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    • #3
      Jamming with three fresh patches in this track, temposynced cello loops multisampled over an 2 octave range, with keyswitches for either finger plucked pizz or drumstick beaten pizz, then we have Spilt String Scapes which have temposynced modulations for filter and amplitude on board, and the solo sound is named Sul Pont synth, multisampled sul pont cello mixed with FM synth also keyswitchable for different electronic layers. It's so good just to just jam with these sounds after all those days of sample editing....






      http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/ambient-jam-demo-ambient

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      • #4
        Here comes a demo video for the patch "Cello Portato Layers" which now has a scripted interface and the snapshot system implemented.





        http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/cello-portato-layers-demo

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        • #5
          This new demo track combines two fresh patches all with electric guitar sounds or derivatives thereof, splits and layers, one MachFive synth involved involved layered with one of the guitar drones, all fully controllable. This one is quite a trip:


          http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/ambient-guitar-trip-demo

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          • #6
            Two fresh patches with various electric guitar flageolets samples and textures are used in this ambient demo, this was played live in two passes including all the Macro controller tweaks, Modwheel and Aftertouch:


            http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/flago-dreamer-demo-ambient

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            • #7
              Quick impro with the patch Granular Vibrato Bows - multisampled vibrato cello notes with long bowing (8-10 bows per note), in the demo I was controlling the bowing speed with a Macro, controlling cutoff with the Modwheel and sometimes adding some overdrive with another Macro, played live on disk:


              http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/granular-vibrato-bows-demo

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              • #8
                This is a demo for the patch Vc Vln Tremolo Mix using long mutisampled tremolo samples, each note has 2 dynamic waves where the bow moves towards the brigde and back creating a transition of harmonics, a keyswitch let's you add a wavetable synth which uses an imported single cycle from a cello sustain, you cam control it's volume in the interface. The cello plays up to C3, then the violin takes over up to C5, all thirds (sometimes minor, sometimes major) were sampled. Sample start can be randomized with the Modwheel (up to 50%) or you can set sample start with a controller. Lot's of filtering and FX options/sounds are available.


                http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/tremolo-string-scape-demo

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                • #9
                  Here comes a new demo combining two patches, Granular Glissandi made with multisampled cello octave glissandi and their electronic derivatives, you can keyswitch between natural and electronic gliss, control the gliss speed, or freeze the sound and control sample position with the Modwheel/Macro and do all sorts of other things with it. The other patch uses processed arpeggiated minor chords from violin/cello in split mode, layered with an arpeggiated synth. Both patches will have scripted interfaces.


                  http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/string-raid-demo-ambient

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                  • #10
                    Here comes a new demo combining two fresh patches - Violin Spiccato Synth which combines multisampled spiccato violin with 3x round robin with a analog synth module in unison mode, in the background there is the patch Oud Rattle Drones and Ebow, combining rattling oud drones in the lower keyboard region with multisampled e-bowed western guitar in the upper region.


                    http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/calypso-melancholy-demo

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                    • #11
                      And here is another new patch - Combed Cello Grains Split, demo played live on HD tweaking the 8 Macros, Aftertouch and the Modwheel on the fly:


                      http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/epic-cello-grains-etude-demo

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                      • #12
                        Granular Stars

                        A fresh granular violin patch named "Granular Stars", tweaking several granular parameters with Macros on the impro fly:


                        http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/violin-granular-stars-demo

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                        • #13
                          New demo combining 3 fresh patches, all sounds you here are derived from violin samples, where the instrument was tuned to G-D-G-D, so one can play arpeggios and textural stuff just on open strings only resulting in octaves, fourths and fifths. 100% MachFive, 3 instances are used in the demo, tweaking some of the Macros, Aftertouch and Modwheel on the fly. The natural samples play in split/granular mode and are layered with their processed counterparts in sampling mode, full control over levels and numerous parameters is available, I'm not sure yet if I can afford the scripting of all of these violin patches but I'll try.


                          These patches belong to the most magical ones I've done in my life, I could bath for months in these sounds.


                          http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/orbitting-violins-demo-ambient

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                          • #14
                            Received the next scripted patch from my scripter Iain Morland today, Major Clouds Split, all sounds you hear are derived from cello and violin arpeggiated chords in major, split and layered:





                            Audio demo, already posted 2 weeks ago:


                            http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/major-clouds-split-demo

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                            • #15
                              Finishing this working Sunday with a granular flautato pad, layering musltisampled long-bowed violin flautatos with an analog synth module in unison mode (3 voices). Tweaking the 8 Macros and the Modwheel on the impro fly, changing things like bowing/sample speed, filter/pan animation, tuning of the synth's tuned bandpass filter up an octave, flanger amount, detuning the grains and the synth uni detune and more.


                              http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/elegiac-granular-flautato-pad

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