Static Kit is a collection of noise samples primarily designed to mimic the sound coming from analog playback devices, as well as other noises of non-specific origin. There you can find samples reminiscent of vinyl crackle and dust, tape hiss, machinery hum and other warm and pleasant sounding textures. If mixed subtly, these layers can add real world flavor and non-linearity to almost any audio source.

Static Kit samples were created using a handful of hardware synthesizers and effects like Access Virus TI, Moog Sub Phatty, Korg Arp Odyssey, Elektron Digitone, Strymon ElCapistan; virtual signal processing like VCV Rack, Native Instruments Reaktor and Ableton Live. To make sure all the samples are as original as possible, no specialized ‘retro’ / ‘lo-fi’ / ‘vinyl’ and other vibe plugins were used — only creative chains of audio processors.

Making a vinyl noise patch in VCV Rack

In a glance:

  • 46 samples of artificial noise, pops, crackle etc
  • 48 kHz 24 bit mono and stereo wave files
  • Created using hardware and software synthesizers and effects
  • No hyped lo-fi plugins used
  • Seamlessly loop-able samples

The samples are intentionally significantly louder that they ‘should’ be — for easier audition purpose. Normally, such audio effects are blended into music very quietly.

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

A noise patch on Arp Odyssey

Here are a few ways we’d use these textures.

  • Mix the noises into the music — very quietly, at barely audible level.
  • Layer single noises into a complex one — to have more control over frequencies of the texture
  • Add a ramp down (for example) tempo-synced tremolo with phase at 0° — for a simple percussion loop material. Static Kit noises are quiet, so increase a level to the taste.
  • Chop the noises around the transitional spots of the arrangement and fade the clips in and/or out.
  • Most of the noises are mono. If the width is needed, load a texture on a track, duplicate it, split the clip into halves on a duplicate track, swap the positions of the halves on the duplicate track. Pan left and right both of the tracks.
  • Load a few drum samples. On a separate track add a crackling texture. Chop it and arrange it under the drums so that together they sound like sampled from a vinyl record. Resample the audio and slice the recording onto the drum pads. Or just use the resampled drums as audio clips.
  • Load a convolution processor onto a track with a noise sample. Add any short chord sample or a single note snippet as an impulse response file. Lots of cool drones can be made this way. Using various noise textures results in drastically unique drones. Warning, it’s addicting.

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Static Kit took a lot of time, effort and expertise to create. Rather than requiring a flat fee for it, we’re asking you to donate if you like the project. Any amount helps, thank you! ❤️

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