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Old 7th November 2015
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SamplesLoops Coming soon on patchpool: Falcon AIR - pre-order now and save 20%

After spending spring and summer 2015 with UVI's Falcon, alpha- and beta-testing it and creating 100+ patches for the Falcon factory library, here are some more sounds for this hybrid monster:

Falcon Air combines organic acoustic samples with the plethora of synthesis forms available in Falcon. Often several different synthesis modules are combined within in one patch, many presets make use of the new multi-granular engine, the wavetable synth and the new physical modeling module introduced in Falcon. All samples, wavetables and images (for image re-synthesis in the WT synth) were created especially for this library.

Expressive hybrid instruments meet multi-sampled percussive sounds, sweet ambient pads, ethereal textures and minimal sequences are drowned in haunting granular abysses, electric guitar ambiences, feedback swells and mesmerizing industrial drones, technoid synth arps and big bass sounds are accompanied by ethnic drums, beautiful mallets and various chromatic percussion sounds.

The sample content was generated from multi-sampled percussion instruments and glass objects, industrial field recordings executed in factories, electric guitar instruments, weird sounds of electronic gadgets captured with special coil microphones, audio-morphed vocal sounds and electronic soundscapes, also re-synthesizing and audio-morphing acoustic sounds with programs like Metasynth, Morph and Kaleidoscope, to name a few.

All patches have up to 30 Macros and switches assigned, most make use of the modulation wheel, quite a few also use aftertouch. In many patches tempo-synced modulators are used to animate the amplitudes and filters of the involved samples and sound generators, often key-switchable sound combinations or different articulations are available within one patch. All patches which have several different sounds split across the keyboard (often over a range of six octaves or more) use key-coloring in Falcon's keyboard which makes it easier to navigate through the various split sounds.

  • *2.57 GB of original samples (538 wavs/stereo/48 Khz/24 Bit/phase-aligned), 24 wavetables, 1 single cycle waveform, 2 impulse responses, 11 images - very few samples were borrowed from other patchpool libraries. The content is not encrypted, so you can use the samples and wavetables in other samplers and synths or directly in your DAW.
    *102 patches combining most synthesis forms available in Falcon.
    *Library size in total: 2.6 GB
    *Delivery: download (RAR-archive in 3 parts for better download handling)
    *Price: € 56 EUR

Sampled acoustic Instruments:
  • *Chinese opera cymbals, bowed and beaten, also hand cymbals
    *Wahwah tube
    *Water drums / jicara de aqua (a pair of water pumpkins)
    *Various bell types like Japanese wind bells, Nepalese crotales, bell trees, camel bells, sleigh bells, bronze bells, swirling bells (solid sonic triangles)
    *Glass gongs
    *Large frame drum
    *Amped electric guitar - drones, feedback swells, chord textures, e-bow sounds

Patch categories:
  • *Bells (13)
    *Cymbals - Percussion (11)
    *Guitars (12)
    *Mallets - Plucks (12)
    *Pads - Textures (18)
    *Sequencer - Arps (11)
    *Soundscapes - Drones - FX (14)
    *Synths - Keys (11)

All acoustic samples in this library were recorded with 3, sometimes 4 top notch microphones (Neumann/Shure) in L-C-R in 48 Khz/24 Bit, the microphone signals of all acoustic samples were phase-aligned which improves the stereo picture, enhances the transparency of the sound and makes for snappier transients.

You can view/download the PDF for this library with more details, the licence agreement, and the patchlist including descrtptions and playing tips here.

Product page

Audio demos:

All demos were produced entirely with Falcon using only patches from AIR, no post-processing was applied apart from a limiter on the outputs and some volume automation, if several instances of Falcon were used in a track.

Videos too:

More video demos in this playlist on my youtube which also contains some tutorials for Falcon, demos for some of my Falcon factory sounds and other experiments.

Thank's for reading
Simon Stockhausen


Later that day:

Today I shall be multi-sampling this glass object (made by my mother Mary Bauermeister who is a visual artist), sounding like a glass gong, litophone-like -> lovely. This will make for some huge sub-bass drones too when transposing it down, the harmonics are very clear, yet unusual, and depending on where you hit it and what beater you're using the sound changes significantly. Mixing this later with the physical modeling synth and/or granulating it will also be fun. Off to sampling....


EDIT on the next day:

Sequencer music: video demo for the patch Insister, which combines the wavetable synth with an FM arp - the arp provides the groove/velocity for the FM synth, no pitch sequence. Automating 8 Macros on the fly, the Modwheel decreases phase distortion modulation via stepper in the WT synth.

Video demo for Litho Synth which uses a first set of glass gong samples with 6x round robin, layering it with a pluck synth which is also excited by a glass gong sample, tweaking the 14 Macros on the fly.

Last edited by Sampleconstruct; 30th December 2015 at 05:39 PM.. Reason: release info