Silverwood

Breath controlled physical model brass and woodwind synthesizer

(325 Votes)
Chet Singer
3.3 ( Updated   3 months ago )
2.7MB
January 06, 2008
Instrument Synthesizer

DESCRIPTION

Silverwood is a synthesizer that mimics acoustic wind instruments. It contains no oscillators or envelope generators. Instead, it creates sounds using waveguide physical modeling synthesis, and is activated by a wind or breath controller. It is monophonic.

Please note that without a wind or breath controller, Silverwood will make no sound. I'm currently using a TEC breath controller, available at http://www.tecontrol.se/products/usb-midi-breath-controller. It plugs right into my computer's USB port. It's very nice.

Five physical models are included: brass, saxophone, clarinet, flute, and recorder. After a sound is created by a model, it passes through an equalizer that mimics the bell of an acoustic instrument.

The snapshots include these acoustic instrument emulations:

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Euphonium
Saxophones: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone
Double Reeds: Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon
Clarinets: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Flutes: Piccolo, Flute, Bass Flute
Other Pipes: Pan Pipes, Irish Whistle, Shakuhachi
Other Reeds: Uilleann Pipes, Scots Pipes, Accordion, Harmonica

Each snapshot responds to MIDI breath pressure (on CC2) and pitchbend data. Various other MIDI control sources are supported.

Snapshot names indicate the instrument’s natural range and the pitchbend effects. For example, the snapshot “Trumpet F#3-D6 +screech –falloff” indicates that the instrument is a trumpet, that it’s natural range is from F#3 to D6, that bending the pitch up adds screech, and that bending the pitch down adds falloff.

The sample mp3 demonstrates the oboe and bassoon emulations.

Many of the mouthpiece and bore designs are based on STK, created by Drs. Perry Cook and Gary Scavone.

The graphic control elements were created by Vera Kinter, at http://www.artvera-music.com, and were provided by Bernd Keil.

I wish to acknowledge these whose publications have assisted me in the creation of this instrument:

Dr. Jim Clark
Dr. Perry Cook
Mr. Kenneth Elhardt
Mr. Rob Hordijk
Dr. Toshifumi Kunimoto
Dr. Gary Scavone
Dr. Julius Smith
Dr. Vesa Välimäki

V3 now includes a model of a Hammond organ. The model includes percussion, key click, chorus, harmonic foldback, and a set of drawbars that can morph from one setting to another.

COMMENTS  (99)

Claude-Samuel LEVINE
1 month ago
This is near Synful Orchestra !!
Tom TEC
6 months ago
Hi Chet! Can you contact us at info@TEControl.se about the use of our breath controllers with you VIs
Krypton Council
6 months ago
It was my keyboard (MK-361 2). Tried another (oxygen 8) and works fine. I'm sorry to spam this forum and take up so much space.
Krypton Council
6 months ago
Wish I could edit/delete comments here. Still can't control via the Mod Wheel, even if it's set to Mod Wheel. Is there a way to control via a mod wheel for 057 Shakuhachi (or others) as seen in this youtube vid? watch?v=Wm-U44kNtmI
Krypton Council
6 months ago
ok so far I've had success placing midi data in an editor by mouse. I'm sure that is explained and I've overlooked it. Some instruments work with KB Test on, and some not. God knows, it's bloody complicated for a simple keyboard, but then I suppose it's designed for Breath Control. The sounds and controls, as always with Chet, are rather good. Thank you!
Krypton Council
6 months ago
Hi Chet. I love your instruments, and really want to try this one out having seen a youtube video covering Breath Controlled instruments.. yours being 1 of 5. But I can for the life of me get a sound out of this, then give up. I don't have a Breath Controller, just a keyboard. With Serenade, it's a simple case of changing the setting to Mod Wheel. When I do this here, noting happens. Can you give me (a novice with a keyboard) a run down. I must be missing more settings, but am unaware of them. Have you tried the latest update with a keyboard alone? Could you give me a rundown, please?
Unknown User
7 months ago
where are the ism files??!!
Chet Singer
8 months ago
I just downloaded it again to make sure it still works, and it does. Provide the needed breath pressure with CC2, or by pressing the "KB Test" button.
Unknown User
9 months ago
Doesn't work. No output.
Chet Singer
11 months ago
Hmm, if the Air Source is set to Breath Control then it should be responding to CC#2. Try raising the CC#2 values to something high, like in the 96 to 127 range, because some of the snaps need some serious pressure to start oscillating.
Unknown User
11 months ago
Hi Chet, none of your Silverwoods are responding to my midi inputs from keyboard. I can get sounds if I write the midi notes in my sequence and put it to play but when I press any key in my keyboard along with the BC it does not work. It remains playing the last note from the sequencer. All other instruments are working smoothly in my template, including Serenade, but not Silverwood. Please help!
Paul Ritchings
1 year ago
The demo above sounds wonderful but I only have the demo version of reaktor and Silverwood doesn't seem to work with it? I have put CC #2 data into the track but no sound with Air source set to Brth Ctrlr. With volume as the air source it makes a constant note even when the transport is not moving. However when it does move this note does not change. KB test produces no sound at all. Do I have to buy reaktor in order to test this synth?
utsonnet utsonnet
1 year ago
please help me in silverwood ?
Jeremy Austin
1 year ago
Chet, thanks for the ideas. That has the effect of narrowing the window in which it drops an octave, but also narrows the dynamic range. This can be compensated for with level and gain plugins (I'm using Logic/Mainstage), but limits the playability. It falls down with input in the 30-40 range. If I remap/transform the input MIDI values to 40-127, then the effect is almost gone, but again, a more limited dynamic range. (Bigger than a real oboe, though.)
Chet Singer
1 year ago
Hello Jeremy, Follow these steps and see if it helps. 1. Increase the Input Gain knob to maximum. 2. Reduce the Output Level slider. 3. Increase the amount of modulation from Air Pressure to the Output Level.
Jeremy Austin
1 year ago
air pressure/CC2), below 25 percent, the note 'falls down' an octave. In other words, a minimum air pressure is required to keep it overblown to the first harmonic. I've tried manipulating Efficiency mod with air pressure, but that hasn't had the results I'm after — getting the right note even in quiet passages and on a diminuendo. Otherwise it's a joy to play, once I figured out the pitch bend like Terry did earlier this year. Thanks.
Jeremy Austin
1 year ago
Excellent engine, Chet. I'm using Silverwood with a Yamaha wind controller, and am having trouble with the Oboe, English Horn, and Uillean Pipes — they share a characteristic that is giving me grief. At low (
Vahid Toghi Eshghi
1 year ago
It's indescribable. Just can say thanks.
Huen Alfee
1 year ago
Wow!!!!! You did a great job,thanks a lot!Thanks Chet!
Daniel Burke
2 years ago
Incredible ens - bravo!
Terry Eisenbarth
2 years ago
Hi Chet, I've gotten the pitch bend/vibrato thing figured out; thanks.
Terry Eisenbarth
2 years ago
Hey Chet, You've done some sonically gorgeous work here. Thanks for sharing your effort. I'm just getting acquainted with my new EWI4000s. It's so pleasing to find something geared for wind controllers.I'm still trying to figure out how to link the vibrato sensor in the mouthpiece to Silverwood's pitch bend (rather than LFO vibrato)while maintaining a useable range with the actual pitch bend plates at the thumb rest area. Thanks again for your fine work!
mckay garner
2 years ago
This is so amazing. I can't thank you enough for sharing your fine work!
Randall Omel
3 years ago
Hi Chet, I just discovered Silverwood while searching for a Motif Sweet Flute replacement. Needless to say, sonically your plugin is a big step forward from what I'm used to, and I am just wrestling with how to control it using my MIDI keyboard and CCs. If I understand Stuart's suggestion correctly (#75), when not in KB Test mode, moving a CC assigned to Breath 002 and pressing any MIDI key on my keyboard will start a note playing, which can be changed by pressing a different key but not gated off when pressing and releasing a key. I thought this was a bug but now think I may have learned something about how breath controllers work. :-) If so, then as a keyboard player I too would like the gate feature that Stuart has requested, or perhaps a keyboard ADSR envelope control for Air Pressure. In any case, thank you for your exceptional plugin!
Chet Singer
3 years ago
Thank you for your kind words, Stuart. I'm currently working on an update for Silverwood, and am hoping to finish it this summer. I like your suggestions and will add both high-or-low note priority and optional note-on gating.
Stuart MacNeill
3 years ago
An astounding piece of work, congratulations. I stumbled upon this by a random web search looking for physically modelled sax plugins for Reaper. I've been playing with a Yamaha BC-1 for a few years now with a Korg Z1 and a Yamaha MU100R, but you've managed to surpass both of these implementations. The modulation available really make the instruments feel alive, way beyond anything else I've tried. You really should be selling this, Harm Visser and the guy who does "MilesTone" appear to be selling their PM work, you should too, try talking to AAS about a port to Tassman. Some minor suggestions, I have would be to make it work with lowset note priority triggering instead of last note, it makes trills easier (my MU100R does this), also I would like to be able to gate the breath input using the keyboard, i.e. cut off breath input when the no keys are pressed, this helps when you want sharp cut off at the end of a note or phrase. Finally, many thanks for this excellent ensemble, I totally love it.
Chet Singer
3 years ago
Hello. If your hardware is sending volume (cc7) then select "Volume(cc#7)" from the Air Source drop-down in the Air Pressure section. Then any other modulation input that is set to "Air Pressure" will automatically follow it. As for the flutes, the model's geometry supports only three octaves. If you want to play a high melody, perhaps the piccolo will do.
Vertecs Recordings
3 years ago
This Ens seems to be the one I was looking for. I have big problems to get a decent Flute sound with my WX5 out of it. Air Source is Volume due to Hardware settings.I´m missing tho whole 4th ocatve. Any tips? Must be somthing obvious, I guess/hope.
chris scott
3 years ago
First and foremost this is absolutely brilliant. Why is there no "11" available in the voting ? 10 just won't do for this. Thanks. Second, in reply to Chets response #71 I'm using the free Player that runs in demo mode and it plays everything. I can also call the .ens files up from wherever I put them. It even plays reasonably well from my QUERTY keyboard. Third, Silverwood 3.2 has undoubtedly cemented my purchase of Reaktor. All I have to do now is find somewhere that will take cash. (Can't even do paypal now without a bank account !) And finally, thanks isn't enough. Suffice it to say, I owe you one. And it's a BIG ONE !
Chet Singer
3 years ago
Yes, User Library instruments won't run in Reaktor Player; full Reaktor is required.
Paul Sametz
3 years ago
OK, finally figured I must put Silverwood in the Documents/native Instruments/Reaktor5/Library/Ensembles folder. But still it runs in Demo mode. Do I need to buy the full Reaktor?
Paul Sametz
3 years ago
Still can't get it to work. Do I have to buy the full version of Reaktor?
catalin *
3 years ago
Can't believe I didn' find it sooner. I don't think we can thank you enough Chet. This is simply the best Reaktor ensemble in my opinion and it sounds better than many libraries and software which cost serious money. It is simply a hidden gem and to me it sounds even better than the G2 performances you made. Thanks a lot!
Chet Singer
3 years ago
Richard, Silverwood is breath-controlled. You need a breath or wind controller for it to work.
Mark Rennie
4 years ago
This is an amazing ensemble. Thank you so much for this Chet.
Richard Jelinek
4 years ago
Remains silent here (Reaktor 5.5.1 on Win7 64bit) other ensembles (sofa, acoustring) work - so far. What am I doing wrong?
Alberto Zin
4 years ago
Chet, are you tempting me to buy a wind controller? :-) One of the best intruments I've played, thanks for sharing it.
Chet Singer
4 years ago
Devin, the flute model has a fixed geometry like an acoustic flute does, and won't play below C. But check out the 'bore size' selection box in the flute model. If you choose a bigger bore, like Bass Flute or Contrabass Flute, you'll be able to make the geometry larger and play lower notes. It will probably sound too bright but you can adjust that at each octave.
Devin Mooers
4 years ago
Hey Chet, amazing synth! Finally a great physical modeling plug for my EWI USB. Question: is there any way to extend the playable range of the flute model down below C5? I'd like to create some low Irish-whistle-type sounds and large shakuhachi sounds.
James Cunningham
4 years ago
I love playing this on my EWI4000s. Chet deserves a Nobel prize for this.
jace cavacini
4 years ago
this thing is really cool. lucky for me i have access to a wind controller :-) i did figure out how to reroute the breath to mod, so i was able to play around with it without a wind controller connected, but i imagine it's FAR more fun with the wind controller! cheers on making a physically modeled synth and more points for making a GREAT one!
Guido Weber
4 years ago
Amazing instrument. I love it. Thanks!
Phil Daniels
5 years ago
Simply amazing! Been 'wind synthin' since the beginning of it, and use a VL1-m, VL70-m, TX802, all with Patchman sounds. This sounds as good as ANY of them. With a EWI, WX5, 11,or 7 it's imminently tweakable. An unbelievable piece of work. Kudos!
Jürgen Heimüller
5 years ago
Fantastic! Mouth stays open.
Andrew Trapani
5 years ago
Excellent work. Thank you so much!
Ilya Dobarsky
5 years ago
I sent you a message on NI Forum:)
Chet Singer
5 years ago
Hello, Ilya. Make sure you're using an ASIO driver that adds no more than 5 ms of latency. If you already are, try increasing the Response knob in the Air Pressure section.
Ilya Dobarsky
5 years ago
Tried Silverwood with Ewi USB.Sounds great but it's hard to play staccato and quick passages (they sounds unnatural). But anyway it's really amazing instrument. Excuse my poor English...
Frank Kooistra
5 years ago
Just heard the mp3's In the description i see the use of breathcontrol. Forgotten almost evereywhere : will hook it to my wx5, and comment
Joaquin Medina-Villena
5 years ago
A great work. Thanks you very much
Ulrich Reuter
5 years ago
I can't believe how superb this is! Thank you!
Erik Ingmanndsen
6 years ago
Simply AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
jace cavacini
6 years ago
Lots of controls to learn... i agree with Simon Stockhausen above: start abusing the controls and you can get amazingly unheard-of sounds! The snaps/presets are interesting. It's nice to hear a modeled wind/brass instrument aside from my Yamaha VL70m. They're quite different. My only complaint might be that the snaps require too much breath pressure (i like light breath response), but i see that all things are configurable. Great work! More people should be playing with, AND BUILDING, modeling synths!! Thanks!
Stephan Römer
6 years ago
Absolutely stunning man. I really love it!
ljekio ulmar
6 years ago
Nice work!
leandro scala
6 years ago
THIS IS A REAL GREAT JOB!!! Never seen something so plastic and realistic in physical modelling software emulation before. My modified WX11 is happy to play it as much as, and not less, it plays Yamaha VL and Korg Oasys PCI. Thank you very very very much!!!
Joe Fusco
6 years ago
Absolutely brilliant!
Kimmo Kivelä
6 years ago
I agree with all 43 positive commentors before me. Just playing around with shakuhachi snapshot makes me want to get wind controller... I wonder some other ways to control this. Thank You. 10.
John Rule
6 years ago
Amazing, impressive, astounding, etc. Excellent work! Thank you!
Simon Stockhausen
6 years ago
10/10 for this incredible Ensemble. If you start abusing it the sounds you obtain are absolutely unheard of. Really phantastic work Mr. Singer!
Chet Singer
6 years ago
Silverwood actually began life as a collection of mix-and-match mouthpieces and pipes. But each combination needed a separate tuning table, and that required too much time and effort to build. So I eventually stripped it down to five fixed models.
Jedinhopy Xelon
6 years ago
Chet Singer Please Make a Better Easy Version Of Silverwood v2.0. + More chance to Design Never Heard Before Sounds.
aaron bergman
6 years ago
I have played sax and clarinet most of my life. I have never found a physical modelling synth or even a sampler that gave me any of the feel of the real thing. I have had a Yamaha WX5 for years. Today is the first day that I have enjoyed using it. I cannot believe this is free. Cheers on a brilliant instrument.
Mark Mcdonald
7 years ago
I hate to be the ignorant one in the bunch of you but if it needs a breath controller (whatever that is) why can't we get that? If it would really make this beautiful ensemble fly, why not?
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Michael, to get some immediate sound out of the instrument, choose a snapshot and change the "Air Source" to the mod wheel. Then use the mod wheel to inject air into the model. It won't be very expressive, but it will create sound.
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Michael, I have removed version 1.1, which wouldn't download correctly, to remove any confusion. This instrument requires a breath or wind controller to operate. If you don't have one, the comments here describe several workarounds. Hope this helps.
Michael Scarlett
7 years ago
This loads but I can't get any sound from it. Tried downloading the newer one and got an error message.
Eric Yeoman
7 years ago
Stunning, absolutely stunning.
Aaron Keyt
7 years ago
This is a wonderful instrument, and may end up tempting me to invest a couple hundred clams in a breath controller just to use it. (I tested it by assigning an expression pedal to CC #2.) My one wish list item would be that it were not so CPU intensive -- I have to set my latency unusually high with it.
Chet Singer
7 years ago
A breath controller makes an instrument like this come alive. But I'd borrow and experiment before I'd buy.
Dieter Zobel
7 years ago
should i buy a breathcontroller ?
Paul Crossman
7 years ago
fantastic. this must have taken an enormous amount of work. and you gave it away for free...... thats very generous. NI should be creating more instruments like this. well done! :-)
JE Wenzel
7 years ago
I broke out my old Yamaha EW20 to try this out -AWESOME, it's CPU hungry, but worth it. Best wind sounds I've heard.
Tim Conrardy
7 years ago
This is one of the most unique ensembles for Reaktor I have heard, as it does PM very well. I think this should turn into a commercial product. I get around the breath controller by using my knob box on CC2 , although I have a DX7II, but its not hooked up ATM. Really good job..please keep up the good work. As an update idea, please add an ADSR so you can use it without a BC.
Greg Smith
7 years ago
Three years of checking the user library every week or so, hoping against hope, and then - Bingo! Thank you, thank you!
Ellis Breen
7 years ago
Incredible, a work of art. Modded it to work with simultaneous aftertouch and modwheel modulation, beautiful. I'll be adding an ADSR for even greater playability. And maybe keeping my eye out for EWIs so I can play this baby properly!
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Hello Michael, I received your error report. I hope the discussion on this page explains why you weren't getting sound out of the instrument.
Chet Singer
7 years ago
CC2, yes, (CC1, CC7, or CC11 can also be selected) because it's the amount of air pressure entering the model. The pitch wheel is optional, and is used by the snaps to bring in various effects, like screeches, falloffs, or growls.
ZooTooK .
7 years ago
Fantastic! I've found loads of classical horn music midi files, see link below. I suppose you need to add the CC2 and pitch wheel controller data to get some results. http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Choir/3731/horn.html
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Thanks for the encouragement, Jonathan. But NI's rating system is a complicated formula that takes into account many factors. By that formula, Silverwood is currently being rated very well. Heh, I couldn't charge money for it anyway, or else I might receive a friendly letter from Yamaha's patent attorneys. :)
GG.G SakabeaT
7 years ago
A M A Z I N G ! ! !
Jonathan Loeb
7 years ago
I'm just curious as to who at NI was smoking illicit substances when they rated this. If this ensemble, which could easily sell for $100 or more but is here being distributed free of charge, merits only a "3.42" then, one wonders, what would a "10" be? An ensemble that negotiates hostage releases? NI, you absolutely must give this at the *very* least a 4.5, for the sake of consistency alone. Not a big deal, but the current rating is simply nonsensical.
espen staver
7 years ago
Smiles and more (s)miles, this is incredible! Arturia can take a hike haha. I first tried the mod wheel and expression ctrl as air source since I do not have a wind controller either, but I found a gate with a AD env better, as you mention because of the faster attack. And then I am modulating the AD instead. Aftertouch is also working wonderfully here. You deserve a distinguished builder award ;-)
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Thanks for the info, Don. I have one of the MIDI Solutions breath interface boxes. I also have an out-of-production Kurzweil ExpressionMate which contains a breath interface. They both work great. The Kurz might be a little more responsive to fast tonguing. I've also learned that the CME keyboard controllers all have breath control inputs built right in, but I've never tried one myself.
Don Dailey
7 years ago
The VL70-m is the little half-rack version of the VL7 virtual modeling keyboard, no longer made. The VL70m was intended for use with a WX controller, mainly good for wind players. It sounds awesome. This ensemble sounds every bit as good, as far as I can tell without using a breath controller. I did find this and it might be worth a couple hundred buck to use with this ensemble (it's that good!) but you can by third party sounds that are made for it, too. http://www.midisolutions.com/prodbth.htm (I am not affiliated with this company in any way, BTW)
mike daliot
7 years ago
really awsome!
Tim Tesar
7 years ago
Chet, thanks for your help. Since I don't have a breath controller, I set up my MIDI Controller keyboard with CC2 assigned to one of the sliders. And it works even better to change the "Air Source" setting in Silverwood to "Mod Whl (cc#1)". I should have figured this out myself! Once again, it sounds beautiful and thanks.
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Don, I'm unfamiliar with a VL70m, but if it can route the BC input data it's receiving to a MIDI output stream, then yes, it could be used as a breath-to-MIDI converter. That would be cool.
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Chris, in addition to what Jim said, you can also get sound out of it immediately by setting the air source to the first setting (Mod Wheel). You'll be able to hear the effects attached to increasing air pressure, such as the brilliance of the brass instruments. It won't have the speed of tonguing a breath controller, of course.
Der Einmeier
7 years ago
awesome, thanks james, you have always a helping hand, i will give it a try. thanks again for this ensemble, recently i was searching for some brass-libraries, but most of 'em aren't affordable if you just want to play with 'em a bit. so, chets ensemble already made my day!
James Clark
7 years ago
You can get sound out of it immediately (no tweaking) by setting the air source to the third setting (Volume). Chet you might want to add a fifth setting to the air source, that being a monophonic gate signal. That way people without breath controllers can play (albeit less expressively).
Der Einmeier
7 years ago
mp3 sounds awesome, seems to be really a fantastic ensemble, but i'd like to see one 'simple' mode everyone can use without tweaking first his/her controler- and seaquencer-setup to get at least a lil' sound out of that thingie ;-) - or any hints appreciated how to tweak this in a way i can use itg immediately out of ableton live? thanks in advance...
Don Dailey
7 years ago
Chet, I'm wondering if I can use the BC connected to my VL70m and send "passive" midi data to your ensemble. That is , bypasssing the sounds in the VL but still sending BC data?
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Tim, recorded MIDI signals produced by a wind controller musician would be adequate to drive the model. It would be best if the musician were actually playing the ensemble at the time, so they can get a feel for the behavior of the particular model they're playing. The only signals I used when creating the MP3 were note-on (to set the pitch), CC2 to provide the air pressure, and pitchbend to add some vibrato. I used a keyboard and a BC3A breath controller.
Tim Tesar
7 years ago
The .MP3 sounds beautiful! Does anyone know where I can get MIDI files that will play this instrument? Presumably a MIDI Wind Controller player can record the MIDI output of his instrument as a .mid file that I could then play into Silverwood. Alternatively, a description of all the MIDI inputs used by Silverwood would allow me to create my own .mid file using a sequencer (Sonar, for example). I can see all the MIDI inputs in the instrument structure, but it would be a little easier if someone familiar with MIDI Wind Instruments would provide the details. Thanks!
James Clark
7 years ago
Great job Chet! The best ensemble of 2008! The brass instruments sound lovely. The student has become the master...
raphael esterson
7 years ago
this is really great. I don't have a breath controller, but even with a clumsy adsr envelope added, and a little MW action directed to the pressure mod, this is very satisfying for non breath controller users, although it can't approach the wonderful expression in your mp3.
Chet Singer
7 years ago
Thanks for letting me know. I've re-uploaded it and it seems OK now.
raphael esterson
7 years ago
"not a valid file" - mp3 sounds awesome though
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