Analog Coast is a virtual analog synth built expressly for use in retrowave / synthwave tracks. We’ve gone out of our way to fine-tune the oscillators, chorus, and filters to work well for that sound.
So…we made another violin?
In this video, Dave Hilowitz builds a violin out of a paintbrush box he found at a craft store.
Video: I Built a Violin (in my Airbnb)
For the next few months, I’ll be living in London. The thing about taking long transatlantic trips is that at some point you start to miss your physical instruments. Lately, I’ve found myself missing my violin which I had to leave back in Philadelphia. My solution? Build a new one right here in my Airbnb.
New Kontakt sample library: Indie Guitar!
This Fender Jazzmaster is without a doubt my favorite electric guitar. And this Music Man Sixty-Five tube amp is my favorite guitar amp. For the past ten years, I’ve used this combination on countless rock songs, film cues, and instrumental pieces. And now – finally – this versatile combo has been sampled and turned into a Kontakt instrument. Requires the full version of Kontakt 5.3.1 or later.
Buy it here: https://www.decentsamples.com/product/indie-guitar-kontakt/
Video: Let’s Build A Synthesizer! + FREE Kontakt Library
How to Make Balloon Drums + FREE KONTAKT & SFZ SAMPLE LIBRARY
In this video, Dave Hilowitz shows how to make drums out of regular, run-of-the-mill party balloons. As a bonus, we’ve sampled some of our balloon drums and turned them into a free Kontakt / SFZ instrument.
Presenting the “Metal Cups” Kontakt/SFZ Instrument
Kontakt Tutorial: How to Make an Arpeggiator (sort of) + FREE TOY PIANO KONTAKT LIBRARY
In this video, I take some first steps towards coding my own arpeggiator script. I also show off the great arpeggiator script that comes bundled with Kontakt. Along the way, I turn some samples of a toy piano I sampled and turn them into a full-featured Kontakt library.
The Toy Piano Kontakt library I made in this video is available for free here.
At one point in the video, I reference a video about round robins that I made a while back. You can watch that here:
I also mention Big Bob’s fantastic Ultra TKT script, which is available here: https://nilsliberg.se/ksp/scripts/utkt/utkt.htm
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See you next time!
Kontakt Video Tutorial: How To Remove Unwanted Frequencies + FREE Kontakt Library
Have you ever had an audio file that contained a bunch of extra frequencies in it that you wish you could just remove? Spectral editing may be for you. In this video, I show how to use spectral editing to clean up a sample so that I can make a Kontakt instrument–but not just any instrument:
A few weeks ago, Christian Henson announced a competition: he challenged the internet community to try to turn two oddball samples he’d recorded into true sample-based instruments.
So this video serves two purposes: it’s both a quick introduction to spectral editing as well as my entry into Christian Henson’s Rusty Gate sample competition.
Here’s a link to the free sample (Kontakt 5.3 or higher).
Here’s a link to Christian Henson’s Rusty Gate Sample Competition.
Video: Getting Started with SFZ: The Free Sampler + FREE SFZ SAMPLE LIBRARY
In this video, Dave Hilowitz provides a basic introduction to SFZ – a free sampling format that provides a lot of the same functionality as Kontakt, albeit with a far more basic UI.
The toy xylophone sample I created in this video can be downloaded here.