Free Multisample: Warren Trachtman’s Steinway Model C

A while back, I was looking for a decent piano sample to use in some compositions when I stumbled on a free Steinway Model C sample released by a man named Warren Trachtman. The patch, which I use in just about everything I do, is pretty much impossible to find on the internet right now, which is why I’ve decided to upload it here.

—Dave

Free Multisample: littleBits Synth Kit Sawtooth and Square Wave (Kontakt, Ableton, & SFZ)

littleBits Korg Synth Kit

littleBits Korg Synth Kit

The littleBits Korg Synth Kit sounds great, but it’s exceedingly hard to use for musical purposes because its oscillators don’t stay in tune for more than a few minutes at a time. After a few frustrating afternoons of trying to record a synth lead with this thing, I decided the only way that I would be able to use it is if I created a multisample out of it.

Here’s what the waveforms look like:

littleBits Square Wave C4
littleBits Synth Kit Square Wave
littleBits Saw Wave C4
littleBits Synth Kit Sawtooth Wave

So…after painstakingly tuning each one, I sampled each note over six octaves, set loop points, then turned it into a multisample.

Features:

  • Three formats: SFZ, Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1, and Ableton Live 9.1 (Simpler).
  • Recorded in 96khz, 16-bit using a high-end audio interface
  • Seemless waveform looping
  • Recorded without lowpass filter (add your own software filters within Ableton, SFZ plugin, or Native Instruments Kontakt)
  • Control envelope within SFZ, Ableton or Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Both littleBits waveforms: sawtooth and square wave
  • 5+ octaves
  • Allows for polyphony (which the actual synth kit does not)
  • Responds to velocity (which the actual synth kit does not)
  • Ableton instrument responds to pitch bend and mod wheel (which actual synth kit does not)

Download: littleBits-Saw-Wave.zip

Download: littleBits-Square-Wave.zip

If you make a cool track using these samples, post it in the comments here!

Enjoy!

— Dave

Listen to Awkward Island, Manwomanchild’s 2nd album!

Check it out: We’re releasing our second album, Awkward Island, today. Recorded over the space of five years, and in three different cities, this album represents a substantial evolution in our sound. We can’t wait for you to hear it!

Here’s the album’s first single:

You can buy the album on Bandcamp or on iTunes.

 

 

Podcast Episode: Zombie Nightmare

I’ve just released the second episode of my podcast. Here’s the blurb:

My grandmother was a lot of things: an abstract expressionist painter, a social worker, a collector of antiques. But as far as the internet is concerned, she had just one real claim to fame: she was the associate producer of Zombie Nightmare (1987), a movie so bad it’s featured on the IMDb’s “Bottom 100” list. Strangely, it stars Adam West and Tia Carrere.

In this episode, I do a deep dive into this extremely minor footnote in my family’s history. I rewatch the movie and try to get to bottom of what makes it so bad, and I also reach out to people who were actually involved in creating it. Terrible movies don’t make themselves. A movie this bad has to have a lot of secrets.

Related Links:

– Zombie Nightmare IMDb Profile: www.imdb.com/title/tt0092297/
– The paintings of Eleanor Hilowitz: www.eleanorhilowitz.com
– Frank Dietz’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1824891397/sketchy-things-the-art-of-frank-dietz
– Paul Corupe’s Canuxploitation Website: www.canuxploitation.com

Podcast Episode: The Fiverr Song Project

Check it out! I’m launching my podcast, Sample Size: 1, today. In the first episode, I explore the bizarre world of Fiverr, a website that lets you purchase services for five dollars. As an experiment in online music collaboration with strangers, I take one of my own songs and replace each instrument track with a new recording made by a Fiverr session musician. The episode chronicles the process and culminates in a version of the song produced entirely by the Internet.

–David Child

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