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Ambient Strings for MachFive 3 released on patchpool

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Ambient Strings for MachFive 3 released on patchpool

Postby Sampleconstruct » Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:40 am

I just released my second library for MachFive:

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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.

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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.
http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/s ... machfive-3

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

Thank's for reading
Simon Stockhausen
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:27 pm

Here is a demo for the patch "Violin Space Pad", 10 long multibowed sustained notes sampled across the whole instrument range processed with various things, extended to the low register by copying samples from the respective keyzones above, so the total instrument range is from C0 - C6.

http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/v ... r-machfive
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:43 am

Here comes a demo for "Flageolet Synth" - 10 different flageolet pitches (classical acoustic guitar/nylon strings) sampled at 5x round robin, extended to the lower region so the instrument range becomes C1-C5. Layered with an FM synth in unison mode. Velocity controls attack time (inverted). The synth module can be tuned to intervals (-12/-7/-5/unison). This will be scripted patch with plenty of controls in the interface.

http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/f ... penta-tale
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:32 am

Demo combining 3 new MachFive patches derived from electric and acoustic guitar samples:

http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/e ... mo-ambient
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:55 am

Here is a demo for “Cello Portato Layers" using freshly multisampled cello portato samples recorded today.
I was improvising with this sound live on harddisk tweaking the 8 Macro controls and the Modwheel on the fly.

http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/c ... ayers-demo
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:34 pm

Demo for the fresh and beautiful patch "String Drone Beauty":
http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/s ... r-machfive

and an updated version of the demo "Ambient Cello Lamento" which I posted some weeks ago, added another cello patch for some background harmonization and melodic movement:
http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/a ... mento-demo
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:37 am

Three new patches in this darkish demo, pizzicato bass sequence sliced using MachFive's beatslicer, multisampled spiccato cello textures in granular mode run through a tuned combfilter, sul ponticello drones mixed with an FM synth:

http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/a ... nt-strings
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:18 am

Here comes a demo for the patch "Trill Scape", multisampled and somewhat processed violin trills in timestretch mode, layered with an FM synth and another processed cello trill. The trill speed of the violin is controllable and corresponds to the modulation speed in the FM synth (or vice versa). I think this will also be a scripted patch.

http://soundcloud.com/sampleconstruct/t ... mo-ambient
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:40 am

Scripter Iain Morland finished scripting the patch "Ebowed Psaltery" today, so here is a little impro I just did, displaying the available controls and functions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltgb4PWYr1s
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:12 am

I had dreamed of a snapshot system in MachFive for longer now which let's the user store and recall snapshots of the control settings. Especially with more complex patches which offer a lot of knobs and sliders to the user so many different sounds are possible within one patch, that I wanted to be able to capture and store those. Now my scripter Iain Morland has coded this and it works like a charm. So quite a few of the scripted patches in this library will let you store/recall your own snaps. I'll setup 5 hard coded snaps as well, which can be restored at any time as they are part of the script. If the user want to permanently store his own snaps, he just resaves the patch, either under a new name or overwriting the inital patch.

Feels like Christmas in September!
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby James Steele » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:26 am

Thanks for sharing this info here!
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby kgdrum » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:41 am

Simon all of this sounds really amazing!
I got Alchemy because of your work as well as Iris................Why do I think MachFive is next???

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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:54 am

kgdrum wrote:Simon all of this sounds really amazing!
I got Alchemy because of your work as well as Iris................Why do I think MachFive is next???

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Thank you :D
Maybe MachFive could be next because you will totally dig it's sound engine and the combination of all those synthesis methods in one instrument, plus you might dig all the sounds I have produced for it so far and in the future. This has definitely become one of my main developing platforms.
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby billf » Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:11 pm

I have the Scattered Entities title for MachFive, and will gladly be purchasing this new one!
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Re: Coming soon on patchpool: Ambient Strings for MachFive

Postby Sampleconstruct » Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:46 pm

billf wrote:I have the Scattered Entities title for MachFive, and will gladly be purchasing this new one!

Great :headbang:
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