Alesis S4+, QuadraSynth Plus Piano Soundbanks
Online MP3 Demo Available! (See Below)
Wind Controller #1 - PATCHMAN MUSIC Volume 1 for the Alesis S4 Plus and QuadraSynth Plus Piano contains 128 sounds specially designed by wind controller expert Matt Traum to be played with a wind controller such as the Yamaha WX5, WX7, WX11, WindJamm'r, Akai EWI, EWI5000, EWI4000s, EVI, Nyle Steiner MIDI EVI, MDT, or Softwind Synthophone. Keyboardists can enjoy these sounds with a Yamaha BC1, BC2, or BC3 breath controller plugged directly into a keyboard equipped with a breath controller input or into a device such as the MIDI Solutions Breath Controller Box or Anatek Wind Machine. These sounds require a wind controller or breath controller for proper use.
This soundbank features a superb palette of sounds providing almost every sound needed for a professional wind controller performance. It consists of a complete collection of highly expressive acoustic solo woodwind, brass, and stringed instruments, acoustic ensemble layers, unique morphed acoustic instrument patches, powerful synth leads, basses, guitars, and much more. Also featured are some highly bizarre specialty patches such as "*PhilGlass", "*Dimentia!" that must be heard to be believed. These patches really show off the Matrix Modulation capabilities of the S4+ to the fullest! We have also included various chorded string, brass, and synth patches which allow you to provide a massive wall of sound from a single patch if desired!
This soundbank has been specifically programmed for use with the Alesis S4+ (S4 Plus) and QuadraSynth Plus Piano. We offer specific soundbanks for the various Alesis models. Click on the Alesis logo at the left for details on soundbanks for other Alesis models.
S4+ and QuadraSynth Plus Piano Volume 1 Highlights
Patches 60, 61, 62, and 63 are unique "morphed patches". They are distinguished by having a "+" as the last letter of their name. These sounds are unique in that the sound morphs, or gradually changes, from one instrument to another depending on your breath level!
Patch 64, *Bagpipes, is an amazingly realistic bagpipe patch complete with the drones!
Patches 79 through 84 are specialty patches that use pitchbend in a unique way. Generally speaking, these sounds will introduce an additional pitch or two, or will change the chord quality in response to pitchbend data. For example, patch #83, "*mMSusStPB", plays a standard major chord when no pitchbend is added. If you add pitchbend down, the chord changes to a minor chord. If you add a pitchbend up, the chord becomes a suspended chord! Patch #82, "*OrchChdPB", changes from a unison string section sound to a chorded string section when you send a large pitchbend down value. Patch #79, "*DblStp1PB", changes from a single solo violin note to a double stopped sound when you send a large pitchbend down value. Patch #84, "*5ChordsPB", actually allows you to play 5 different chord types from this single patch!! No pitchbend = major. Small pitchbend down = minor chord. Large pitchbend down = diminished chord. Small pitchbend up = suspended chord. Large pitchbend up = a minor 4 chord.
Patches 126 and 127 are splits. They were inspired by the Miles Davis song called "So What". With this single patch, you can play the bass line to this song AND the chorded horn ensemble part simply by virtue of the range you play in! We think you will find this soundbank to be pretty amazing!
Formats: This soundbank is available in Sysex (.SYX) and Standard Midifile (.MID) formats for PC/Mac. You will get both formats with your order. Click here for a general explanation of
the various formats.
Composer Kurt Heinecke Comments...
"I've got Matt's patches for the Yamaha VL70-m, Alesis S4+ and NanoSynth, and the Roland JV-1010. His patches really bring each module to life. Even cheaper and older modules like the S4+ and NanoSynth gain a second life. As an example, I've used Matt's cello patch from the S4+ in a string quartet and fooled one of the quartet members as she was entering practice- she heard the cello but didn't see me, and was wondering what cello player they had found! Matt goes the extra mile and takes the time to layer voice elements like breath noise, key clicks, and other subtle sounds into appropriate patches. Thanks for creating the S4+ bank- it gave me reason to track down and buy this older (but still powerful) module! I've used Matt's acoustic emulations in live settings with great success. His acoustic emulations have also worked well in my writing for VeggieTales and I often use his VL70-m flute and NanoSynth clarinet in orchestral settings." - Kurt Heinecke, composer/musician VeggieTales
"I got a chance to try out the patches over the weekend. These patches make my S4+ usable as a windsynth for the first time. I had programmed some patches of my own to respond to breath (CC#2) but the results were less than inspiring. These patches produce an excellent legato response that my home-grown patches did not, and the result of this goes far beyond making it possible to do slurs. It introduces the possibility of a seemingly infinite variety of articulations, with staccato and legato and all degrees in between."
"These patches are great! Really something special. Generally, I flip through new patches faster than ADD teenager changes TV channels. Not so with these patches. I would play each patch for several minutes before moving on. All very useful, very beautiful sounds, which will be used in several diverse sonic settings. I especially like the string and brass patches. This lets me play with great musicianship, and may be the best a WX5 can sound. Truly incredible. Thanks again, great work."
"You are one hell of a synth programmer :) I never could have gotten even remotely close to this by myself. Thanks SO much! I am LOVING the Brecker patches, Ben Hur and also the 5Chord patch (what a cool idea!). For a fusion player, your patches open one hell of a lot of doors! You've taken the S4+ and changed it from a Keyboard player's synth and turned it into a wind player's synth. Absolutely outstanding! Thanks."
"The actual patches are even better to play than to listen to. If you are on a budget, get a used Alesis Quadrasynth Plus and these patches and you will have an excellent setup that will take you some time to outgrow. You will want to get the Patchman patches. And, no, Matt does not pay me to say that! <grin>"
"Hey Matt, Just wanted you to know that I'm really enjoying the Alesis S4+ I bought from you. It's the best sounding synth I have ever plugged my Yamaha WX11 into. The custom patches sound great and are a big reason I'm regaining my love for playing. Thanks."
"Overall, very cool. One of the reasons it took so long to get you comments was I spent so much time playing each sound. The biggest surprise for me was the sounds I got playing strings. As a keyboard player I thought I could do a pretty good string rendition but I am completely impressed (and, frankly, surprised) by how realistic and musical the string results are."
"WOW!!!! That's pretty much my first thought. WOW!!!! And I have to say your patches are really great! I really didn't expect this thing to be so responsive to breath control. I mean I knew it was supposed to but I didn't really believe it! I haven't been able to put it down since I got it! (my lip is killing me already!) Thanks again!!!!!"
"Just thought i'd toss in a quick kudos for Matt's patches for my S4+. As some of you may know I have finally bought my first polyphonic synth for my EWI and when I got the S4+ I was very impressed with its sound quality but it absolutely sucked for the EWI :) It's definately designed for keyboard players. Great sounds but absolutely useless as wind synth patches. Matt's turned this thing on! Absolutely outstanding work. And I was totally impressed with how easy it was to load (I've never actually done such things before). Quick delivery and amazing quality. If you have an S4+ or a QSR and don't have these patches... well... Ship me your hardware cuz you're obviously not using it :)"
"For what it's worth... I own and play the Quadrasynth+ with a WX5 and the Patchman patches. Very excellent. The sounds are amazing. I was impressed with the mp3 demo but when I got the patches it took me many hours to go through them, because they were so enjoyable, especially the strings. 5 out of 5 stars."
"Don't wait, y'all! Very cool trumpet and sax combos and 'section' type sounds. Also, the string sounds, both solo and group, are very great. I am convinced I can get a much more musical result with the WX5 than I can on keys, and if I had been asked before trying it, I would have chuckled... I've done strings on keys for a long time, with fine results. But this takes it up a couple of notches immediately, and more once I get the nuances nailed."
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