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Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - Samulis - 05-14-2018

A while ago I backed a kickstarter to build an instrument called the "Ecorder", and I've been slowly taking my time to explore its capabilities. It's basically a MIDI wind controller with recorder fingerings (and a bunch of parameter settings to emulate different sizes and types of recorders). Inside is also a little modelling synth which can output audio through an 1/8" jack, and the sound, although not all that recorder-like, is still quite lovely, especially with some thick reverb (being careful not to get too many resonances, as it doesn't really have the same upper harmonics as real recorders and tends to sound a lot rounder/fatter as a result, and that can easily get muddy).

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I found a guy named Jean Brefort over on IMSLP has put together modern notation individual parts in CC-BY from Michael Praetorius' 1612 dance book "Terpsichore", a favorite collection of mine since I first got interested in early music. A quick download later and a little practice, here's a quick recording I did a bit of the first page in the book (1. Bransle Simple & 2. Bransle Simple). Added some random "digital reverb" (convo) from EWQL Spaces-
https://instaud.io/2aWW

I'm 99% sure I took it considerably under-tempo, but it sounds quite pretty this way and I made way fewer mistakes than I probably would otherwise. Big Grin

The sheet music is available here, third down in the 'Complete' category, with editor marked as 'Jean Brefort'. Just hover over the gear to the right and click 'download 15 files as ZIP file'.
http://imslp.org/wiki/Terpsichore%2C_Musarum_Aoniarum_(Praetorius%2C_Michael)

I'll probably post more about my experiences with the Ecorder as time goes on. Hoping to use it in a few tracks and also get the MIDI breath controller aspect of it working.


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - bigcat1969 - 05-14-2018

Thanks for sharing cool stuff!


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - Mattias Westlund - 05-14-2018

That sounds lovely! I like how it sounds synthy and very organic at the same time.


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - Samulis - 05-14-2018

Thanks, BC & Mattias!

I just finished another piece from the set, the three 'Bransle Gay' pieces put together-
https://instaud.io/2b82

It's a very homogeneous sound, but it does get tired quite quickly, so having an alternate ensemble to play one of the pieces would probably sound better. It's also next to impossible to have it give a good "tongued" sound, so the forcefulness of the instrument is very subdued, making it not as good at this kind of music than the last piece compared to real recorders, which can get really, really percussive.


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - kmlandre - 05-16-2018

And the 7 GB Versilian Ecorder  library with a full real 129 octave legato and other impossible to find articulations will be out...when?

Tongue


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - Samulis - 05-16-2018

(05-16-2018, 02:07 AM)kmlandre Wrote: And the 7 GB Versilian Ecorder  library with a full real 129 octave legato and other impossible to find articulations will be out...when?

Tongue

Hold your horses... it may be electronic, but the MIDI at this time only goes OUT of the ecorder, not into it. Tongue


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - kmlandre - 05-16-2018

Can't.  Killed my horses with a bassoon.  Buried 'em using the bell of a French horn...


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - Samulis - 05-17-2018

(05-16-2018, 06:10 PM)kmlandre Wrote: Can't.  Killed my horses with a bassoon.  Buried 'em using the bell of a French horn...

That was... graphic.

makes mental note to keep a closer eye on Kurt in the future...  Undecided


RE: Ecorder (Modelling Synth Recorder) - Viktor - 05-23-2018

This is really cool. I get kind of that quirky 70s analogue synth vibe from it, while it also is really fluty. I kind of have to think of the Wendy Carlos Bach stuff and some of Mort Garson's stuff.