some fun with a balloon (and Kontakt)

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4644 posts since 1 Aug, 2005 from Warszawa, Poland

Post Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:43 pm

So, the other day I found audio file I recorded about a year ago, with sounds made of a rubber balloon. The technique was picking, similar to picking strings, just picking balloon surface, the sounds were somewhat percussive and somewhat tonal. Pitch could be modified by squeezing it and was rather unpredictable. I had two free evenings, so I chopped it and made some patches in Kontakt.

it sounds like this
or like this

I'm not sure what is worth, I find it funny, some patches are, so to say, somewhat detuned here and there and a bit unpredictable... Anyway, I'm sharing it until the end of the year.

here - 10MB, requires Kontakt 2 or later

I have been playing around assigning different functions to modwheel. The patch called "starter" is not to play, but it contains all samples with root key assigned, I used it as starting point for other patches.
Last edited by Zombie Queen on Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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4830 posts since 10 Feb, 2006 from Stockholm, Sweden

Post Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:58 pm

Ooh this could be used for a funky bassline methinks... :D
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1415 posts since 19 Mar, 2004

Post Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:11 am

What a cool and unique sound! - very usable, I think.

Thanks for sharing!

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9932 posts since 2 Jan, 2005 from somewhere in the woods

Post Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:30 am


thank you very much!
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194 posts since 16 Sep, 2004

Post Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:47 am

yes, it sounds good. Thanks

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5554 posts since 13 Feb, 2006 from Wiesmoor, Germany

Post Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:59 am

Thanks :)

It sounds really awesome. I think I have to check some of my field recordings too :D


185 posts since 12 Nov, 2009

Post Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:33 am

Thanks for this inspiring sound!

101 posts since 4 Jun, 2010 from UK

Post Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:42 pm

Speaking of balloons, is there any way to convert NCW back to WAV? As far as I can see you can just go to the menu in Kontakt and batch convert WAV to NCW but is there any way to go the other way? Or am I missing something obvious!!

560 posts since 13 Aug, 2005

Post Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:58 pm

Thanks. Cool sounds.
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