Free sound effect for each note

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poita 101 Mar 31, 2010 at 20:23

I’m looking for some free (as in beer and speech) samples of every musical note. It doesn’t matter whether it is a piano, guitar, beep or whatever. All I need is a sample for each note in each octave (or as many as possible).

Basically I’m trying to make a web app that generates music, and I need a sound effect for each note.

I’ve searched for ages, but all I can find are single notes. Has anyone by any chance come across packs of notes like this?

Thanks in advance.

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JarkkoL 102 Mar 31, 2010 at 20:49

Just play the instrument at different frequencies/rates to get the other notes. You don’t need separate samples for each note.

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Reedbeta 167 Mar 31, 2010 at 21:00

If you want to be really accurate, instruments do change their timbre somewhat from low to high register (certain instruments more than others)…still you probably don’t need a unique sample for every note pitch, just a few distributed over the instrument’s range; for a given desired pitch, pick the nearest one and pitch-shift it. I think this is basically how wavetable synths work.

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poita 101 Mar 31, 2010 at 22:33

@JarkkoL

Just play the instrument at different frequencies/rates to get the other notes. You don’t need separate samples for each note.

As Reedbeta said, you can’t really do that because the timbre changes (try taking a low piano key sample and pitch shifting it up a few octaves – it sounds horrible).

Thanks for the replies, but I did manage to find a pack, eventually :)

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roel 101 Apr 01, 2010 at 09:23

Another (neat) option would have been synthesizing your own.

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JarkkoL 102 Apr 01, 2010 at 09:29

Sure, but you never said anything about quality requirements ;) This is what mod players have done for ages.

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TheNut 179 Apr 01, 2010 at 10:21

Hey man, chip tunes rule :)

I ran into a similar issue a while back and ended up recording each note from my keyboard to maximize quality. It’s a bit of a pain, almost wish I could just crack it open and hack them out.

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JarkkoL 102 Apr 01, 2010 at 10:25

Oh yeah! Now I gotta listen my favourite pmchip.s3m just for the nostalgia ;)

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geon 101 Apr 01, 2010 at 12:03
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bramp 101 May 08, 2010 at 21:08

I recently had a similar request and download a Octave of a piano here: http://www.freesound.org/packsViewSingle.php?id=4409

Andrew

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Manuel_Marino 101 Aug 25, 2010 at 20:53

Exactly, to have the best sound quality, each note must be sampled. Modern synths with wavetables have multisamples (multiple velocity settings).

About pitch shifting, modern algorithms can pitch shift without big loss of quality, but not for entire octaves. It’s still too much.

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soundmaster101 101 Jun 27, 2011 at 19:23

If you visit my website freesoundeffects.yolasite.com there is giutar plucks rangin from a low note to a hight note