Sound Design: Derailer

Music, Technology

Working with the development team at Physical Audio, I created a library of factory presets for their physical modelling instrument, Derailer. I also provided beta testing and UX/UI feedback.

‘Derailer is a physical modelling system with two basic elements. One is a metal bar that you can strike or bow. The other is a nonlinear spring connection. This allows you to join two bars together so that vibrations from one create sympathetic resonance in the other. By connecting multiple bars you can create new instruments that have their own unique sound.

There are 37 strike bars, 5 resonators, and up to 81 connections to play with. The adjustable physical parameters and nonlinearity of the connections produce a wide range of tonal variation that reacts to striking velocity or bowing pressure. Derailer uses finite-difference time-domain numerical modelling’.