Ditty-A-Day #010: Sampled Kitchen Appliance.

See what happens when you blend sheet music?

Just a simple sound design ditty, nothing fancy. Process notes:
I recorded my juicer in high gear using a Sony PCM-D50. Edited it down to a sample with loop points in Logic’s EXS24 Sampler. The raw recording is used for the switch-on fade-in and the switching-off tail. I threw in a little MIDI clip of Für Elise in the middle playing the sample. That’s it.

I used to do this kind of sampling in the old days with a recording Walkman (yes, a cassette tape) and an Akai S-01 hardware sampler that used 3.5″ floppies. When I recorded the juicer, I had hoped it would give more tonality, and sound like strings/orchestra; but it didn’t have enough pitch, so this outcome left me rather disappointed. Oh well… not everything in this project is gonna be stellar.

However I can tell you from personal experience that a full lithographic/offset printing press recorded about 15-20 feet away will give you a decent string-like sound once looped and EQ’d correctly. So, if you have access to a 75-foot behemoth litho printer, go try this process out.

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