Soundscan 14 - Twisted Special FX
Sample CD-ROM library in Akai, wav/aiff, and audio format
Number 14 in the Soundscan series,
this CD-ROM set is composed of several samples of "twisted"
special effects, many obtained from analog synthesizers. I
tend to agree with the name, they are kind of twisted.
The offering is divided in sections grouped under general categories such as "Sub Waves", "Ambient", "Atmospherics", "Insectronic", "Electricity", "Mad Radio", "Hi Sense", "Analog", "Meta Sounds", "Hits" and "Short Noises".
I find the "Atmospherics" and "Meta Sounds" sections particularly interesting and useful, but there are some good sounds in all sections.
The sounds that use analog synths as starting points may have been heard before (the typical LFO filter sweeps and sci-fi fx), but if you don't have these in your sample collection yet, this one has them in spades.
It's almost obligatory to drawn these samples in reverb/delay, so, if your sampler has these effects on board, slap them on generously. If it doesn't, run it through an effects box, or make sure to add them in your audio editor - the ambience adds a lot to the base sounds.
Check out the following demos of individual patches from Soundscan 14, Twisted Special FX.
All examples were played from Propellerhead
Reason 3's NN-XT sampler, going through the RV7000 reverb (running programs
matched to the nature of the samples) - then through the default Mastering
Stream all mp3 examples below
|Sound name with audio demo||My comments|
|01 SUB WAVE 02||Spectacular science fiction fx, perfect for films.|
|03 SUB WAVE 11||Very nice, '90s style drone + synth|
|04 SUB WAVE 16||Nice guttural filter waveform|
|06 SUSPENSE 01||Spaceships beaming up cattle|
|07 SUSPENSE 08|
|01 AMBIANT 03||Very nice ambient fx.|
|02 AMBIANT 05||Perfect drone for the left hand, while the right hand plays an ethnic instrument.|
|04 AMBIANT 14||Charming, happy synthesizer chord, very '90s.|
|05 ATMOSPHER 01||Splendid wind effect, probably obtained by a synth.|
|01 INSECTRON 01||Cool insect imitations, courtesy of an analog synthesizer.|
|03 INSECTRON 09||Variant of the above example.|
|05 EL. BLURPS 02||Classic sci-fi effect.|
|08 ELECTRIC 01||At the space lab.|
|02 MADRADIO A||Frequency tuning emulation|
|05 HI SENSE 03||Sample & Hold in action|
|08 ANALOG 03||U.F.O. landing|
|02 ANALOG 12||?|
|03 META 01||Beautiful ambient bed|
|05 META 09||Spiky|
|06 META 13||Spooky|
|07 HITS 02||Solid analog fat.|
|01 SHORT NOISES||Electronic forest.|
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|Sound expansion capabilities:||n/a|
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