Karoryfer Samples has released Weresax, a free saxophone instrument for Sforzando and wav.
Behold – the Weresax! Seemingly an innocuous alto saxophone sample library, sampled chromatically across the entire standard range of the instrument with two velocity layers and two round robins. It can even seem sophisticated and smoothly expressive with its vibrato controlled by nine parameters and three low-frequency oscillators.
But we thought that as long as we’ve got all these notes sampled, and we’ve got them looped for infinite sustain, why not layer them together and see if we can make them sound like an accordion. After all accordions, like saxes and harmonicas, use vibrating reeds to produce sound. And, well, it worked. It’s not a completely realistic accordion, of course, but it can pass for one in a crowd.
Keeping the momentum going, we added more layered voices and more controls, and also made a sxnth – a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer using looped sax samples for oscillators. With polyphony, up to five unison voices, AHDSR envelope, vibrato, resonant highpass filter and a resonant lowpass filter with envelope and LFO, it’s capable of organic variations of many classic synthesizer sounds.
Weresax features 256 WAV samples (24-bit), 3 SFZ instrument mappings, a GUI and 20 presets. Requires Plogue Sforzando version 1.845 or newer for all features to work.