Acoustic sources

timprebble

Sound designer, Composer, Sound library developer
I've spent the last month or two experimenting with a pair of vintage Ludwig Timpani, capturing some really interesting deep resonance using Sennheiser MKH8020 omni mics overhead (10Hz-60k) and some amazing Superball friction mallets from the Czech Republic - have a listen!

 

Werewoof

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Just logged in after a long time away. Stumbled upon this.

Waaaay cool. I especially love the sounds at 0:44, and 1:08. :)
 
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timprebble

timprebble

Sound designer, Composer, Sound library developer
Is this a Hans Reichel daxophone? I've always wondered where to buy one...
it is indeed, there are a few people who make & sell them online...
mine came from instrument builder in Italy

I'm experimenting with laser cutting using different materials for the tongues... also replacing contact mic in the body with a higher quality one, and mounting an MKH8050 mic inside it too - chasing deeper frequencies!
 

Fredeke

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Waw! I didn't know that instrument. I understand your obsession... As a synthesizer geek, this makes me want to go acoustic right away :)

But what's with the alphabet ? And is it supposed to be played with a bow, originally ? Is it a traditional japanese instrument or some new concept ? I'd like to know more.
 
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timprebble

timprebble

Sound designer, Composer, Sound library developer
Can I bribe you to make an extra one? Any thoughts on adding springs?

I did some fairly deep exploration with springs a while ago....



I wouldn't add springs to a Daxophone myself as I want singular pure sounds
for use eg for creature vocals etc in film sound design...
So apart from the daxophone I bought, I am in the process of building a larger scale
version with hopefully deeper resonance & pitch...

FWIW Morfbeats make some nifty composite instruments with springs attached to resonating body
https://www.morfbeats.com
 
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timprebble

timprebble

Sound designer, Composer, Sound library developer
Waw! I didn't know that instrument. I understand your obsession... As a synthesizer geek, this makes me want to go acoustic right away :)

But what's with the alphabet ? And is it supposed to be played with a bow, originally ? Is it a traditional japanese instrument or some new concept ? I'd like to know more.

The person who invented the Daxophone was Hans Reichel (1949–2011)
His old site is here, which explains lots (its a frustrating flash based site)

http://www.daxo.de

He developed hundreds of tongues and created that font
so others could use it to make his tongues...

Yes, played with a bow...
Its not Japanese, its just that video gives best example of someone demonstrating its range

Its really just a resonating body with detachable tongue which is bowed
with variation created using the 'dax' which has frets on one side
and is smooth on the other...
Applying it to the tongue while bowing means you have some control over pitch


More info here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daxophone
 
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timprebble

timprebble

Sound designer, Composer, Sound library developer
That video is great. Is that a slinky at 0:21? Just bought one bc of a post where someone used one as a spring reverb.
yes indeed, its a slinky stretched out with a Barcus Berry contact mic attached to it...
You can get quite a range of dynamic sounds from them, depending how you hit/bow them
and whether they are hanging freely or if attached at both ends