Say hello! (New Community Members Thread)



I’m new here, so wanted to say hello!!

Not really great with forums, but I love to be in touch with fellow musicians/engineers so would welcome anyone getting in touch (

I’ve played violin since the age of 3, focused mostly on folk music and folk style string parts for various acoustic/pop projects (I’ve also played sessions for various library tracks - Audio Network etc)

In my 20s I got into playing bass guitar, which I love and I’ve gigged pretty widely specialising again in folk/acoustic and also working with amazing musicians from Tanzania, Gambia, Senegal etc. I’ve travelled to West Africa and had the privilege of mixing various acts from there both live and on record

My current work is mostly a combination of FOH sound and artist management (my embryonic website for this is now live here:

At home, I run ProTools and undertake some mixing work - as well as a band project with friends for which I produce/programme. I would love to mix cinematic music, and am open to discussing ways I could help anyone in need as I build up a portfolio of mixes in different styles

It’s only really been in the last 18mths that I have got more deeply into samples, running Kontakt and scouring for good freebies which led me first to Spitfire LABS and Christian’s (fantastic) videos. Pianobook is such an amazing concept and I’m so excited to see it grow into other areas

I would love to make some of my own samples, and if anyone is interested in collaborating I have plenty of instruments/ideas… it would be amazing to sample my own string stacks (fiddle, viola etc) and my Dad also has a fairly wide collection of unusual instruments at home in Ayrshire - balalaika, mandola, clarsach etc

Like Christian -although less often- I am a WILLIE!! Based now in Edinburgh, but working all over, frequently in London but also abroad. Haven’t been in Scotland too long so particularly keen to connect with people here

Thanks to everyone who has made these amazing instruments and this inspiring community; I will try to force myself to make time to write a few demos, but I’m also happy to talk about other ways to work/barter together…advice on live sound, studio mixes, fiddle overdubs, fixing specialist players etc

Thanks for reading and happy pianobooking… :slight_smile:



Hi, I’m Martin Russ, and I blog as ‘Synthesizerwriter’ ( )

I have been making electronic music since the end of the 1960s, starting with magnetic tape loops and tweaked toy organs/harmonicas, passing through designing and building my own modular synth (using unijunction oscillators as the main sound source), then through MIDI, digital and FM (DX Owners’ Club etc) with lots of now-vintage gear on Opcode Studio Vision (thanks Gibson!), and have ended up in the 21st Century using mainly Ableton Live for which I write lots of ‘unusual, non-mainstream’ Max For Live plug-ins ( search for ‘synthesizerwriter’ on ). I also wrote one of the ‘additional reading’ undergraduate textbooks covering ‘Sound Synthesis and Sampling’ that Music Technology students tend to ‘acquire’ in PDF format… and I am working on the fourth edition…

I’ve been working on a new sample-based synthesis method for about ten years (There’s a AES paper covering it, plus more on my blog…) and I use Audacity for sample manipulation ( using some custom Nyquist plug-ins that I wrote - see the blog ) plus Ableton Live to build the virtual instruments. I’m here because I want to move outside of the Ableton Live ecosystem and make my stuff more widely available: which seems to probably mean Kontakt and Sforzando (for different reasons), as well as this forum (and the Pianobook web-site) seem to be where there’s a lot of relevant knowledge and expertise…

So that’s me. Once I’m involved then I tend to be a do-er and a contributor, not a leech. If I start to lurk then it is usually because I’m busy on another project (I’ve ghosted all sorts of stuff…)

Ta for reading!



Hello! My name is Jason Beck and I live in Newcastle, Australia. I have been composing music for around 7 years now for mostly web based promotional material, short-films, 1 commercial so far! The latest was a book release trailer? I guess thats a thing now, well more work for us!

I have a few spitfire Audio libraries and have been watching Christians channel since he started it. I use The Labs on almost every project, so good. I primarily work in Reason as my DAW which is a bit unusual but I love it and also have pro tools but do not use it as much. I want to engage more here but I do not have Kontakt full or logic pro/ that sampler.

Question- Are there other reason users on here? If I made a sample library using reason would there be people here who would use it? Especially now that with reason 11- you can open reason as a plugin in other DAWs I thought more people may be using the reason rack.

I am about to sample an odd piano for a Uni project which we are actually studying this music community and making a sample library as a way to engage/ respond so you’ll hear more from me soon!