(It's really for the O3/R, but most of the PCM samples are useable on the Wavestation SR.)
Please note that it's easy to overdrive the SR with some of these samples.
Sounds like a reasonable, fairly bright multi-sample of a Koto. Like most samples, it's only useful after you've tweaked it a bit with modulation and effects.
Koto 1 LP
Not very useful in a Koto emulation, but you could have fun modulating this loopable sample.
A slightly more muted Koto multi-sample. Fairly useful as a string/Koto/percussive emulation.
From the insert: "Japanese traditional long zither. Middle range of Koto 2 is more characteristic than Koto 1."
Koto 2 LP
Again, not too useful in Koto emulations, but a very cool bass sound!
Twangy-stringed sound. Useful in adding an Oriental ambiance to a sound.
From the insert: "Indian folk zither."
Could be the foundation of a good bass patch.
Even twangier string ;-) It sounds best in the middle to upper range. Right use of envelope and modulation could provide a reasonable Sitar patch with this. Might be more fun to put it in a wavesequence though.
Sitar 1 LP
Might be useful in the sustained portion of a sitar patch, but I doubt it.
Just a buzzy string noize. Some interesting sounds in the lower registers.
Sitar 2 LP
Low end sounds like a house bass.
Only about two of the multi-samples (out of 6 or 8?) sound authentic or useful enough to make any difference. Might be yet-another-sitar-sound in a wavesequence.
A sort of muted buzzy stringed instrument. Sounds like it might be useful in B3 emulations and lead synth sounds.
Sitar 4 LP
See Sitar 4.
Fun, buzzy string. Best in lower pitches.
From the insert: "The classical drone strings from India."
Corresponding loop for the Tambura sample.
More buzzy stringed twangs. This one has pretty good range (up to F#6). Tambura runs from the bottom to G4 and Sitar 4 runs from G#4 up.
Loop for the Tambura and Sitar sample. (Again, the range is only useful up to F#6.)
Percussive, plucked-wood sort of sound. Probably useful as a percussive attack. (The loop doesn't sound too appealing to me.)
From the insert: "Folk lute from the Mid-East."
Supposedly a mandolin tremolo. Since the tremolo speed changes with the pitch it's of limited use as an emulation.
The sampled glissando goes first up, then down and changes speed with the pitch. Interesting sound. Not sure how useful it is.
Another koto glissando. Slower than the previous one and only goes up.
From the insert: "Jung is Chinese long zither."
Another up, then down koto glissando. Certain registers have a very eerie sound.
Ceramic Drum. Yep, it sounds like you're tapping on a bowl with a mallet. Cool for percussion or the attack on a more complex sound.
From the insert: "Clay Drum stretched skin over the mouth of a ceramic vessel filled with water."
Sounds more like a xylophone than a thumb piano, but it's a useful sample in the middle and upper ranges.
This sounds more like a kalimba. The metallic attack is useful for sounds other than emulations, too.
Sounds like mallets on a hollow log. The sample is useful across the entire range of typical synthesized sounds.
Distorted, metallic sound. Lower range sounds like a slow attack, very breathy tuba.
Metallic percussion with a fairly quick decay. Could be very useful in creating a metallic attack on a more complex sound.
From the insert: "Metalic [sic] xylophone from Southeastern Asia. Used to elaborate the gamelan melody."
Sounds like mallets on a hollow pipe. Quick decay. Intonation is not perfect across the entire range. (i.e., it's slightly out of tune...)
From the insert: "Small bronze gong used in the Japanese Gagaku ensemble (NT/C6 up)."
Doesn't sound like finger cymbals, but could be used to create some interesting metallic effects or in a wavesequence with the Gendar and Shouko.
Short metallic attack.
Short metallic attack that has the same pitch across the entire range.
From the insert: "Good for mixing with Sine Wave. (NT/C6 up)."
Wind chimes in the upper range. (The sample goes from the lower chime to the upper one. That is, it does a "glissando" up.) Zany cathedral bells in lower registers.
Wind chime from Windbell 1 but does not track pitch changes.
Not a bell sound for looping, but a bell attack repeated during the sample.
Mallets on wood in a rhythmic loop.
"MalletLoop" at a rather low/slow pitch accross the entire range.
A basic shakuhachi sample. Very useful for emulations of shakuhachi or other woodwinds.
Woodwind sustained sound.
More nasal woodwind sustained sample.
Shakuhachi with a turn on the attack and slightly overblown. It sounds like it's more overblown on higher velocities.
Sounds like another woodwind with a throaty quality. Above D7 it sounds like a sine wave.
From the insert: "The wind instrument came through the silk road."
Drum that sounds like an ethnic snare. The pitch drops after the attack.
From the insert: "Arabian Tambourine with Snare."
I think it's supposed to sound like a small tambourine being shaken.
A larger tambourine being hit with a mallet or stick. Limited useful range (depending on what you want to do with it). Low octaves could be fun in a "hit".
The sample just sounds like a wooden xylophone, so you'd have to do some work at least with the pitch envelope in order to make it emulate stereotypic tabla sounds.
One octave higher and slightly less bright (in the same octave) than Table 1.
More resonant sample than 1 or 2. Same octave as Tabla 1.
Tabla 3 sample one octave lower.
Sounds like a hand patting on the head of a drum. Very short.
Tabla 4 one octave lower.
Double hit on a wooden-sounding drum. Same octave as Tabla 2.
Very short hit.
Hollow drum hit. Reminds me of popcorn popping.
Stick on a dampened drum. Very short.
From the insert: "Usually Bhaya and Tabla make a pair."
One octave down.
More popcorn sounds. Pitch adjusts up slightly after the initial attack.
Pitch moves up even more than in sample 2. Could be fun as an attack.
Percussive pitch goes up and then back down.
Large, resonant drum.
Slightly darker than sample 1.
Sounds like a conga-type drum.
From the insert: "Japanese small waisted drum. Used in Noh and Kabuki."
More malleted, wooden sounding drum.
Sounds like a reasonable vibraslap sample. Some interesting effects in the very low (helicopter?) and very high (insects?) registers.
A short, rhythmic loop.
The same loop without regard for the pitch played.