The second in the performoducussion series, this is a set of two ableton live simpler instruments crafted from a recording of a contraption of 27 interlocked spinning gears.
The samples were recorded by spinning the gears slowly at first and gradually ramping up the tempo, with 3 mics: L Dynamic + R Condenser + Ambient.
toy gears rotator
this pitched instrument is designed for playing a note and holding it to attain a spinning gear loop, useful for sound design purposes or for moody background latticework. By setting the intensity and loop length carefully you can emulate the sound of multiple spinning wheels scraping. For example, by holding a low tone with intensity set in the lower range, you could come up with a convincing emulation of the sound of carriage wheels on a cobblestone roadway. The 3 microphone layers will be naturally aligned in this instrument, with the ability to individually mix each.
toy gears slotshot
this unpitched instrument is designed to play individual transient slices of the recording. Unlike the "toy gears rotator" instrument, it includes deliberately imprecise layering and randomness functionality for an organic feel. Playing different notes will trigger different samples. For sound design purposes, this is a nice resource of mechanical thwacks (68 to be precise, times 3 layers). By using MIDI patterns, you can create a variety of slushy textural rhythms.
ableton live 9.7.2 standard
after you open the pack, drag the instruments from their location in the "misc percussion" folder to wherever you want in your user library. This will also import the relevant samples.
check out the audio demo here!