Best VSTi for chromatic (synth) percussion?

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KVRist
438 posts since 28 Dec, 2007 from The Netherlands

Post Fri Aug 27, 2021 12:29 am

In search for chromatic instruments (mallets) like xylophones, marimba’s, kalimba’s, etc. Physical models or real samples. Also very interested in synthetic mallets, like FM percussion for example.

Already got some stuff. Among others: AAS Chromaphone, NI Massive X/Reaktor (Prism!), Korg Wavestation, RP Vecto/Blue

If you know some synthetic techniques to create mallets, I like to hear it too.

Thanks for your time.

KVRist
272 posts since 27 Aug, 2015 from Paris, France

Post Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:34 am

FM is the most obvious way to go I think, so any FM synth will help. 2 sine operators will generally be enough to cover a lot of ground mallet-wise (be it music box, xylophone, marimba or whatever). Just try modulating one sine by another, try playing with the envelopes (typically I make a shorter, pluckier envelope for the modulator than the carrier) and the pitch (usually I'll pitch the modulator some octaves higher than the carrier when I want to achieve some mallet sound). Try other waveforms than sines (especially on the modulator) to give it another flavour.

As for existing instruments, boscomac has some very nice free reaktor ensembles, and there's some mallets in there : lamellae is a physical modeling marimba/bell/vibraphone/whatever, twinkle is a physical modeling xylophone, and boxymuse is a sampled (I guess) music box.

Orange Tree has a very nice sounding sampled Kalimba : Grand Kalimba.
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KVRist
306 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:07 am

My favorite sample based Kontakt Marimba and Vibes are by Sonic Couture.
https://www.soniccouture.com/en/product ... d-marimba/
https://www.soniccouture.com/en/product ... ibraphone/

They are large footprint and pretty hungry on resources, but they sure sound and feel great.

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KVRist
481 posts since 1 Jan, 2018

Post Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:00 am

Don't overlook Pianoteq, which has several very good physical models of mallet instruments. With morphing and layering, you can achieve some interesting hybrid sounds as well.

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KVRAF
20416 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:05 am

Zebra
Bazille
Plasmonic
also, since 2.1 version... Hive

4 of the synths I use to 'model' instruments.

Sculpture is good too... but that is only in Logic, but it can be sampled :)

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KVRist

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438 posts since 28 Dec, 2007 from The Netherlands

Post Sat Aug 28, 2021 2:31 am

Thanks for your replies.

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KVRian
532 posts since 3 Jan, 2020

Post Sat Aug 28, 2021 3:00 am


KVRist
32 posts since 13 Aug, 2016

Post Sat Aug 28, 2021 4:11 am

Derailer by Physical Audio could be an option too ... It's a big network of connected bars. You can do pitched percussive sounds, and more weird stuff ..


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KVRist
170 posts since 13 Jul, 2005 from Longview, WA

Post Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:16 am

^ that 2nd demo was in the ‘ole wheelhouse. Thanks for posting!

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KVRAF
6750 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:14 am

AAS Chromaphone ?
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KVRist

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438 posts since 28 Dec, 2007 from The Netherlands

Post Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:55 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:14 am
AAS Chromaphone ?
Mentioned it in my first post. Imagine of Expressive E probably is similar https://www.expressivee.com/63-imagine

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KVRAF
6750 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:05 am

peterdh wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:55 am
Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:14 am
AAS Chromaphone ?
Mentioned it in my first post. Imagine of Expressive E probably is similar https://www.expressivee.com/63-imagine
ah sorry didnt see that
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KVRAF
4612 posts since 22 Mar, 2009 from gent

Post Mon Oct 11, 2021 9:44 am

Check out my reaktor ensemble ' modal 32 ' which uses the modal bank .
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KVRist

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438 posts since 28 Dec, 2007 from The Netherlands

Post Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:58 pm

gentleclockdivider wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 9:44 am
Check out my reaktor ensemble ' modal 32 ' which uses the modal bank .
Thanks! Downloaded it :)

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KVRAF
4612 posts since 22 Mar, 2009 from gent

Post Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:57 pm

Melda's modal filter misses one on the most important things , which is a damping factor and decay per partial .
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