Inspired by the M1 Piano patch and owing ALL of it’s present structure to Polybeats DRG32V, Spruce will hopefully one day be a finished patch with the functionality of a Polyrhythmic Steinway Autopiano.
The iteration of Spruce that is attached here contains just two octaves of piano samples sourced here: [theremin.music.uiowa.edu/MISpiano.html]
The original files were very quiet and notes did not start at the beginning of the clip, so I’ve given them a bit of gain and trimmed them a bit in ableton.
Currently, DRG32V can only add 24 triggered notes (the amount of keys on the organelle) to a polyrhythmic sequence, but with others’ help I would like to add the rest of the octaves so that the full range might be played with an external midi keyboard or maybe exchange the velocity function on knob 3 with an octave switch if people aren’t attached to the velocity setting.
You might notice some aberrations in a couple of notes, these will be re-sampled and fixed in the next version.
Finally, the CPU usage readout when using this patch is very high - 100 percent, so if anyone knows what might be causing this please tell me. I did think it’d probably be the length of the wav samples, but many other patches use long samples (e.g. mellowtron) without eating more than 30% cpu. These are only 16bit too. It does seem to be a tremendously big file compared to most patches though. Edit: Hmm, now it seems to hover at around 30% which is fine.
It takes a second to load up because of this, but play it at low tempos and I think it sounds pretty lovely.
If you know your stuff and would like to help a struggling berk - please do!