Video Demos

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Clarinet Demos

Here are some videos of Zoot’s designer playing the included virtual clarinet. While I hope they give you a basic sense of the instrument, I look forward to seeing what you can do!

“Autumn Leaves” by Joseph Kosma, played on the Zoot clarinet synth (2013 iPad Mini). September 12, 2022.

For “Autumn Leaves,” I wanted to show the use of gentle pitch vibrato by swaying the instrument.

Extract from “Ver Hot Aza Yingele” by Janet Fleishman, played on the Zoot clarinet synth. October 11, 2022.

“Ver Hot Aza Yingele” is a klezmer piece, and it demonstrates the “air bend” feature to simulate something like the klezmer krekht ornament. In this example, I trigger the ornament on the three repeated notes at 0:10.

The opening of “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, played on the Zoot clarinet synth (2021 MacBook Pro). November 11, 2022.

Attempting to reproduce the iconic opening to “Rhapsody in Blue” is a stretch, but I couldn’t resist playing around anyway. There’s a lot that’s not right in this performance, but it’s what I’ve been able to do so far.

The stepwise glissando is triggered when I roll the instrument to my left on the bottom note and then finger the top note. Similarly, the continuous glide is triggered when I roll the instrument to my right on the bottom note and finger the top note. I tilt the tail end of the instrument up to engage an octave shift. I am also using sway vibrato, roll pitch bending, and a bit of air bending also.

“Bei Mir Bistu Shein,” also known as “Bei Mir Bist du Shön,” played on the Zoot clarinet synth (2021 MacBook Pro). November 11, 2022.

I had fun with “Bei Mir Bistu Shein”! It shows off vibrato and subtle air bending.

Strummer Demos

“Blow the Candles Out,” traditional English folk song. Chords played on Sforzando sampled piano “Yamaha C5 Grand” with Zoot strumming. September 22, 2022.

The strumming feature was intended as a way for someone like me who doesn’t play guitar to accompany themselves singing. Between my abilities as a singer and the crudeness of the accompaniment, I wouldn’t say this effect is necessarily “performance worthy,” but I definitely find it satisfying and fun.

The strumming chords are voiced as they would be on a real guitar, but, in “Blow the Candles Out,” I’m playing a sampled piano. Note that the magnitude of the physical strum motion determines the MIDI note velocities sent to the synth.

“Christmas in the Trenches” by John McCutcheon. Ample Guitar M II Lite with Zoot strumming. November 10, 2022.

I like “Christmas in the Trenches” for lots of reasons, but I also think it’s a good one to show off Zoot strumming: with all the chord changes, one strum per chord change actually works pretty well. It also demonstrates being able to play two different chords for the same root note, like A and Asus4 or Bm and Bm/A.

“Eldorado” by Donovan. Ample Guitar M II Lite with Zoot strumming. November 11, 2022.

“Eldorado” demonstrates the arpeggio effect of increasing the strum’s stroke time.

Demos with Other Wind Instruments

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” brass quartet (trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba) using the Beauchamp Brass collection of virtual instruments by Chet Singer in the REAKTOR User Library. December 11, 2023.

Zoot can send MIDI output to other virtual instruments, such as those hosted by REAKTOR, a visual programming environment and DSP engine for creating music synthesizers and other audio tools. In this example, I’m running REAKTOR on a MacBook and using members of Chet Singer’s excellent Beauchamp Brass collection of 14 sample-playback brass instruments.