- 17 semi-tones sampled
- 8 random round-robins per sampled note
- Sustain length ranges from 3 to 7 seconds
- 16 bit, 44.1 khz mono WAV samples
- 136 samples total
This is a tenor ukulele sampled with a piezo pickup. There are two features about this instrument that make it interesting: the first is that the ukulele has been sampled by a pickup, which invites you to play it through your own 3rd-party EQ, amp/cabinet sims, or other filters or effects (not included).
The second interesting feature is that there are eight (yes 8) random round-robin samples per note, which means that when you play this instrument with your own MIDI composed/generated ukulele strumming patterns, you get a pleasing effect as you hear each played chord sound a bit different as a new random combination of samples is played every time you play a typical 4 note ukulele chord.
Each note sample has been recorded in a way that emulates how the string is struck when the ukulele is strummed with a finger/thumb. You can create upstroke and downstroke patterns in your MIDI track by staggering the notes through time. For example, the downstroke plays the lowest notes first, while the upstroke plays the notes in the chord from the highest to the lowest.
This sampled instrument is only composed of single note samples: no strummed chords were recorded but the effect of chord playing is simulated by playing more than one note together as in strumming patterns.
This instrument is an “SFZ instrument” which is a free, cross-platform sampler format for virtual instruments (musical instruments played by computer software). The instrument is composed of a .SFZ file which points to a collection of audio samples. The SFZ file tells the sampler how to perform the notes when they are triggered by MIDI in a digital audio workstation; in other words, when you play a note, the SFZ file tells the sampler which audio files to play. Cakewalk has a free SFZ player but the one SampleSoundBank prefers is Plogue’s Sforzando.