Sampleson says that every note is uniquely generated and with small variations making it feel more alive every time you play.
We’re familiar with Sampleson’s spectral modelling which pulls the sound of an instrument down into its component sine waves and models them back together again. It produces some nicely dynamic instruments that generate an authentic sound with a tiny footprint. Despite sounding really good Sampleson decided to completely rework their modelling technology and introduce algorithms that reproduce natural variations like temperature, humidity and power-supply fluctuations. Every time you play a note the algorithms come together slightly differently and keep the sound fresh and as real as possible.
The Reed106 is the first instrument from Sampleson that uses its new modelling engine. It’s based upon the Wurlitzer 106 classroom piano and is all about that raw reedy tone.
The sound is subtle and really nice to play. You’re not having to contend with lots of parameters it’s just a simple electric piano that feels good under the fingers. Even the interface changes to reflect the time of day to reinforce the idea that the instrument will sound different depending on the environment in which it’s being played.
Here’s an explanation from Sampleson:
Our spectral modeling engine is capable of matching the real timbres by parsing harmonic and inharmonic partials, and envelopes with 100% of accuracy. It also learns from several samples for the same note reproducing the natural variations of real instruments (avoiding machine-gun effect).
This means that you’ll have the sound accuracy of a large sampled instrument, but in just 45 MB and with infinite round-robins.
REED106 is available now for $29 for macOS and Windows, standalone and VST/AU.
More information from Sampleson
- Reed106 webpage.
- Articles on Sampleson.
- Sampleson REED106: Robin Vincent