Ableton Sample Pack
by Beat Drop
Download Size: 62.25 Mb
Installation Size: 112.1 Mb
Requirements: Ableton Live 9.5 or higher
Genre: Leads of Cheese
leads of cheese
Have you ever been to a garage sale to buy instruments or raided your younger brother's toy chest for things to sample? If you answer yes to either question, The Fromage Pack is for you. We sampled the ranges of two classically crappy keyboards, the Casio SA-3 and Casio VL-Tone. First, we recorded the sounds onto tape and then we brought the sounds into Ableton's Sampler to assign useful macros. The Fromage Pack will make great leads, pads and basses. It's certified to add a sharp, aged flavour to your mixes.
This seemingly worthless synth/calculator hybrid weighing in at under a pound has somehow found fame and fortune despite looking like a kid's toy. Its ultra cheesy sounds have been discovered and immortalized in the hit songs of such artists as Trio for "Da Da Da" and White Town. The Casio VL-1 or VL-Tone as it's also called has 29 little calculator-type button keys, five preset and one user memory patches, built-in rhythm machine (waltz, swing, rock, samba, etc.) and a 100-note sequencer. There is no chance at any external or MIDI control and there are no filters or effects. There is an LFO with vibrato and tremolo effects and an ADSR envelope.
The tinny monophonic blips and beeps that come out of the VL-1 provide a childishly funny accent to your music, if you're into that sort of thing. The VL-1 is analog, it's tiny, it has a built-in speaker and a useless built-in calculator. The synth itself is quite small, light-weight and portable when running on batteries. The keys are unreliable and cheap soft buttons with absolutely no natural feel, response, aftertouch or velocity. The VL-1 was succeeded by the VL-10 (same spec, smaller case) and VL-5 (4-note polyphonic version with a useless bar-code reader). Strangely, the simple cheesy sounds of the VL-Tone have been used by Apollo 440, Devo, the Talking Heads, the Cars, Dee-Lite, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Vince Clarke, Beastie Boys, The Human League, Trio, White Town, and Bill Nelson.
Casio SA Series
The Casio SA series ToneBank keyboards were the first cheap sound bank instruments with up to 100 PCM preset sounds based on samples using a single- chip CPU. They were initially released as competitor to the Yamaha VoiceBank FM instruments those also had up to 100 preset sounds.
All Casio SA keyboards sound very similar and employ a wavetable synthesis engine that mixes 2 looped samples using independent, partly very complex algorithmic volume and pitch envelopes (made by program loop synthesis?). Most samples are of low resolution and typically short looped static waveforms, which gives these instruments a characteristic cheap and cheesy digital lo-fi appeal; the sounds tend to be cold, harsh and have much digital aliasing noise, which is very different from the always quite warm, bassy, smooth and noble sounding Yamaha FM timbres. The Casio SA tablehooters instead sound tinny, squeaky, thin and kazoo- like - it's exactly that sound you likely would have hated in the early 1990th, when it was the over- glorified, over- used and almost only available timbre in consumer home keyboards and PC wavetable soundcards.