December 15, 2013

Insert Pun On The Name SEM...

by Chris Randall

A few months back, I was at my family reunion in Oregon, and I borrowed a barely-working original SEM from my good friend Jeremy. I trundled it back to SandLand in my carry-on, and a while later dropped it off at Five Star Engineering in Mesa for a thorough going-over and fixemup. It had a ton wrong with it, including some very old, very poorly-implemented mods. I had Five Star remove all the mods, re-cap it, and bring it back to its former glory.

And then I set it on my shelf, because I was busy remodelling a house.

Fast-forward to today, I was thinking "man, I bet Jeremy wants his SEM back one of these days." So I sat down to sample the living shit out of it, and this is the result. (90mb .zip file.)

I just sampled it directly with AutoSampler (looped back in to Live so it could control Silent Way Voice Control.) It is sampled at 48K, every 5th note, for 13 different patches. These are all Kontakt 2 .nki files, with no programming/looping/layering/anything, so they should load directly to virtually every sample playback device made.

Obviously, these would benefit from some programming and production; dry, this synth is fairly unimpressive. But there should be enough here for you to work with to make them your own. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays! If you want to spring for some bandwidth, as always, I'll never turn down a little drop in the Paypal bucket. But it is in no way necessary. I would be sorely disappointed if I found these for sale somewhere, but the worst I'll do is call you names in public to my thousands of Twitter followers and readers. Otherwise, they are unencumbered.


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Dec.18.2013 @ 6:01 AM
Chris Randall
Rob, are you in Australia? I'm so jealous. Cold as fuck here. Only going to be 75F / 24C here today.


Dec.18.2013 @ 4:33 PM
Happy QuanSEM... Cool Chris, thanks, will check out later. ... In what other ways did apple screw the pooch on Maverick with Audio/Midi? My studio setup is still on 10.6.8 because it ain't broke and I sure am not breaking it when I need it...(ensemble drivers etc)... I have "braved" the world of Mountain Lion on my laptop, and haven't really pushed it...

And wasn't Redmatica supposed to show up in the LogicX package in some form as Apple bought them a year and a half ago? to what? just shelve it? Like Gibson buying Opcode (because they knew that studio laptronica would eventually put them out of business :), .. let alone Gibson buying Oberheim..... GibSEM screwed us all! :)

Merry Christmas, hope the new house is working out great.

Dec.20.2013 @ 6:38 AM
I wish I had friends who'd borrow my gear like that. So Chris, you're welcome to "borrow" my Farfisa VIP-255 whenever you want as long as that means it'll come back repaired.

Dec.20.2013 @ 9:57 AM
I really dig the samples. That analog metallic sound is rarely emulated correctly by plugins. Layering a few of those samples and adding a slight bit of reverb lead to a really fun jam session last night, thanks!

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