THEPHONOLOOP has announced the release of its new Cassette Mallets.02, the successor of Cassette Mallets.01 which explores the sound of experimental mallet instruments with different sounds, more decks to choose from and the .02 interface.
Cassette Mallets.02 contains three instruments, each one covering a different sound territory. Sound 01 is a mix of old glockenspiel plates recorded on a thin steel plate, Sound 02 is a 2 octave xylophone mixed with some corrugated sheet resonances and Sound 03 is a mix of the same xylophone, but recorded using three mallets attached to an old bed mattress spring with a copper wire to create a random, ‘granular’ pattern. All three sounds are also spiced up with additional synthesis techniques for a fuller sound and to widen their range on a keyboard.
Both Sound 01 and Sound 02 contain 5 dynamic layers, while Sound 03 contains 4 dynamic layers – all sounds were recorded using 3 different cassette decks. Overall, there are 2565 samples – 305 samples per deck for Sound 01 and Sound 02, and 244 samples per deck for Sound 03, plus there are also 3 noise samples from each deck (1,63 GB of uncompressed 24-bit WAV files).
Cassette Mallets.02 is available from THEPHONOLOOP and distributor Plugin Boutique starting at 16 EUR ex. VAT where applicable. It comes in various formats (Kontakt 5, Ableton Live, Logic, SFZ and multi-format).