Little Boxes

-The Little Boxes contact instruments have been updated to incorporate our custom convolution reverb.  If you already own little boxes get the update files here.-

Little boxes is a curated collection of four unique sound sets designed to compliment one another sonically and texturally.

These textures move from acoustic to electroacoustic to analog synthesis.

The tonal palette of one instrument fits like a puzzle piece into the sound of the others.

Each deeply expressive, these instruments compliment each other in both musical and sound design contexts.

All of these instruments were miked or directly recorded in MONO, providing for thick, punchy recordings.  The Kontakt instruments break the sounds into stereo however, and push the source material much deeper into its potential.

DesigningSound.org did a great review of little boxes -  Read it here.

Check out the file list and demos to get a feel for the depth of this collection.

 

box 1:

Earthquake Detector

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A small device meant to be hung flat on the wall, the balls will swing and strike the strings if the ground begins to move.

This box was shaken, plucked, strummed, performed and ebowed to produce a beautiful palette of acoustic string textures.

In Kontakt those sounds evolved into a group of instruments that ran from folksy, zither like patches to lush, shimmering pads.

box 2:

Folktek Microgarden

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A handmade DIY electroacoustic device, this box is built by  Arius Blaze at folktek and features a uniquely electric sound while still allowing for very expressive performances.

Capable of percussion, pads, boings and buzzes, this is a unique and versatile box.

In Kontakt the sounds evolved into an exotic group of instruments ranging from synth pads and percussion kits to vintage otherworldly sonic spectra. 

box 3:

MFO Wierd Sound Generator

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A DIY analog synth built from a kit, this box yields a broad palette of  thick, dynamic, chunky synth tones and evolving textures.

After tweaking knobs and rolling for hours, each chunk of sound that made the cut was carefully edited, tagged, and then further sculpted to achieve its final state.

In Kontakt a broad palette of luscious pads, thick warm basses, and polyphonic instruments emerged from the source textures. 

box 4:

Dementia Labs optical theremin

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A DIY circuit bent one-off custom theremin, this one features an elaborate unlabeled patchbay, a bunch of unlabeled knobs, and a light sensor as a modulator.

This box yielded tons of static and crunchy textures, as well as some very retro sounding musical pads.

The Kontakt patches turned into a pile of far out synths, analog crackles, and fuzzy goodness.

      

Full Collection

  • 24 bit 96k metadata tagged wav files
  • 342 unique recordings
  • 3.1 Gb of sounds
  • 79 Kontakt unlocked .nki files
  • .nki files require full version of NI Kontakt 4 or higher
  • photos


Limited Collection

  • 16 bit 44k soundminer embedded wav files
  • 342 unique recordings
  • 2.38 Gb of sounds
  • photos