Friday, February 16, 2018

NST Instruments

Magenta is a Google Brain project that has created something called NSynth which seems to be extracting the audio DNA from samples and then mixing it all together in a user controllable synth. While I can't give you the synth (it is highly confusing) which will hopefully someday come out as a VST, I can apparently use the NSynth Dataset to create more traditional though possibly funky sounding instruments.  I've finally added in a Reverb to the GUI as well and thanks to my friend at VST4Free for the background image.
These use the latest version of Maize Sampler and should be compatible with both VST 2 & 3. They also use the new ADSR controls from Maize and should work better.

NST Vocals       Win 64   Win 32     Mac VST   Mac AU

These are 30 acoustic choral 'patches' in 5 instruments. The are arranged by range, Full, High, Mid and Low.

NST Pianos       Win 64   Win 32     Mac VST   Mac AU

These are 5 Acoustic Keyboards which are pianolike at any rate. They are called up from a single instrument sort of like a mini-romper.

License: The dataset is made available by Google Inc. under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Paper: Jesse Engel, Cinjon Resnick, Adam Roberts, Sander Dieleman, Douglas Eck, Karen Simonyan, and Mohammad Norouzi. "Neural Audio Synthesis of Musical Notes with WaveNet Autoencoders." 2017.


  1. Hi Bigcat. I have started using VST's and SFz samples since getting hold of Midi Guitar. Midi Guitar runs on Mac or PC and turns any electric or acoustic guitar into a midi controller, via any standard USB audio interface.
    So I'm loving your Sketch Orchestral sounds, and I love the way I can switch the articulation live using the low-note switches. In fact using the Midi Machine scripting tool built into the Midi Guitar program, I can make the articulation change with the incoming velocity of my plucked strings!
    So, my question is, how can I use Midi controllers or low-note switches to change the voicings on the wonderful NST choir samples whilst playing live, without running up the GUI and scrolling through each time?

    1. These should have keyswitches like the other instruments. For Full and Low I'm showing C0 and the white keys above to switch, Mid C1 and Low C2. Depending on your setup that might be off by an octave. Basically the C note below where the samples stop or an octave below.

    2. Thanks for getting back - Just what I wanted to hear!