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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000185.txt from 2002/06

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinet sampling
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 01:19:59 -0400

<><> Mattias=A0Laga wrote:
Apparently nobody on the list owns, or has ever heard, a decent clarinet

Mattias, a few years ago I very much wanted a realistic clarinet sample
for the sake of an experiment with spectrographs. I was hoping to have
a long tone on clarinet that I could reproduce exactly whenever I wanted
it. I was also hoping to be able to change the vibration recipe in a
reproducible manner --- as part of the experiment.

So I went to the local electronic music store, which *did* have dozens
of different keyboards, but none of the pre-programmed 'clarinets'
sounded even remotely like a real clarinet.

And as someone (Benjamin Maas?) has already posted, the price tag for
equipment on which a person could build his own sample (allegedly!
according to the very enthusiastic salesman who was unable to actually
make the equipment perform as advertised) was earth-shattering --- for
my budget at least. And it was obvious that I would need a minor
education in order to use the expensive equipment.

Rather than give up, I went to a professional sound studio and asked how
much they would charge to manufacture a pair of clarinet samples with
the same fundamental pitch but different partials. I was thinking: "I
can afford to pay this fellow for an hour or two of work." The fellow
had electronic gizmos covering all four walls and several large
countertop consoles with hundreds of switches and buttons on them.

He just smiled and said that a clarinet would be 'fairly difficult' and
it wasn't his line of work anyway. that was my experience when I tried it.



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