Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Roland XP-50 Sample Pack

Roland XP-50 Samples

A workstation keyboard from the 90s. It has a unique sound that might work well in different situations. Drum kits coming soon.

The samples are recorded and named, but not adjusted in any way yet. I'd like to normalize each one so the creation of a sampler instrument will be easier.

There are dry recording of the raw samples for the General Midi patches. Also the same set of sounds with the default FX enabled. I think that includes a bit of chorus and reverb.
The FX ones are in FLAC format.
The dry samples are WAV.

Soon I'll get the drum kits up here. I've got about 90% of them recorded and organized.
Also included is a bunch of presets for Reaper ReaSamplomatic 5000. Layed out in a pretty basic manner, most sound ok. The pianos did not map very well.

Monday, May 18, 2020

TX16Wx Sampler Programs

I've been working on learning about the free sampler plugin from CWITEC, "TX16Wx". It's a free VSTi plugin sampler that is very advanced. Similar to Kontakt in function, but has an open structure based on XML format.

In the shared folder below are programs developed to play with samples using the Tx16Wx sampler. You don't have to own the professional version to play the sounds, but they were created with the pro version. The only difference is a few advanced functions, like embedded fx and group matrix. configurations.

As far as I know, the free version also allows the use of sample-free instruments, using only generative oscillators like sine, triangle, saw, etc...

Download and try the sampler. It's great for putting together instruments for Reaper that anyone can work with. There are some usability inefficiencies that could be addressed, but the tool-set is very complete, and well documented.

Programs for use with the Alpine Collection samples.
They already have a representation in Kontakt, but I wanted to make some of the instruments to learn and practice using the TX16Wx sampler.

TX16Wx Alpine Programs:
So far the following instruments have been configured:

  • Viola
  • Non-vibrato, Tremolo

Put the files in the instrument folder, just above the "samples" folder for the instrument defined in the filename.

Piano Roll & XP-50 Drum Kits

Roland XP-50 Drum Kit List:

Vertical Piano roll and sample list. A recreation of the spreadsheet of drum sounds that appeared originally in the manual for the Roland XP-50. I was using it to work through sampling all the percussion kits. Some names are duplicated, but when you open the actual sound on the machine, it is usually different in some way. I have most of them recorded. I'd like to put out a sampler pack with all the XP-50 sounds, once it is complete.

Piano Roll with Details:

Here is a reference sheet with a horizontal piano roll showing all the note names, numbers, and frequencies. Hopefully there are not any errors. I put it together as a reference for accurately identifying and naming notes for sampling instruments.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Bitwig Presets

Bitwig Studio has been great fun for experimenting with sounds, effects and compositions. Linked here are some preset I've been working on.

Bitwig Shared Presets
  • Roomspace: A quick way to add some extra dimension. There are macros that control the different reverb effects. Starts out very small and can expand to give long decay times.
  • Tape Effects: An effects chain with some tape distortion controls like frequency flutter, bass saturation, coloration, and pitch warbling.
  • Petrol ChirPurr Bass: Grid instrument inspired by a cool bass sound from a classic drum and bass track. Maybe you'll recognize it.
  • 3 Grid Bass Drums: some trials making bass drum sounds with sine waves and envelopes in the grid.
  • A few Gen-Percussion: Clap, Bass, Hi-hat.
  • Grid ocean waves: Shaped noise source trying to simulate a continuous seashore sound.
I'll try to add more here as I get them organized.

Let's see if sharing some of these instrument presets works:
  • Frozen Lands: Instrument layer with some tremolos, scratchy violin sound, and air synth.
  • Saxxo: Soft saxy type instrument with only one looped sample.
  • Brass Section: a pretty nice layered group of trombones, solo trumpet, and horns.
  • Symbiosis: Large dark layered synth chord that descends on release. Scifi sound.
  • Rough Industrial: Harsh technological synth. Representing a scifi world.
  • Industrial Ambiance: Reverberated scraping. Background industrial atmosphere.
  • Concertmate 360: Realistic brand (Radioshack)Toy keyboard. This instrument selector contains all the patches recorded from it; excluding the rhythms.
  • Korg Poly-800: Multisampled vintage synth.
  • Yamaha SHS-10: Multisampled vintage synth. Missing a few patches will update later.
  • Roland XP-50: Coming soon. A lot of sampling completed organizing into a selector.
  • Alpine Tremolo Violin: Samples adapted to Bitwig from The Alpine Project. Very nice samples. I've been trying to incorporate some of them into working sets for Bitwig.
  • Taped Flute: A nice flute sample run through a crappy micro-cassette recorder.
  • Bassoon Sustain: Basic multisample bassoon from the Sonatina library.
  • Oboes Sustain: Multisample from free orchestra.

Inspired by Alien 3: (a few sounds from freesound.org, many others from the free orchestras)
Beckoning sounds: (like in games where an object is nearby and needs to be located) Layers can be adjusted to get the right balance of different sounds.