Crypto Cipher Swarmandal KONTAKT HAPPY NEW YEAR
The name Swarmandal combines swara (notes) and mandal (group) , which represents the ability to produce a group of notes. This instrument is used as an accompanying instrument for vocal Hindustani classical music. It is also known by the name of Sur-mandal.
The Beatles’ 1967 single "Strawberry Fields Forever” features a swarmandal, played by George Harrison, as does "Within You Without You”, from the band’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
About Swarmandal Library
Main purpose of Swarmandal Library is to have
1) The ability to produce "raga pakad” phrases (melodic theme of raga) on the keyboard in a realistic way.
2) The ability to play swarmandal chromatically on keyboard which is not possible with real instrument
With this library you can map your own raga phrase in mapping zone to create a swarmandal effect and also use the playing range to play your melody.
30 Raga Presets are included within the library along with quick basic notes on each raga .
The library was recorded with plectrum and thumb , all the strings were plucked in specific way which is very similar to "Sarod” plucking style creating a rounded stable sound. Overall instrument sounds really emotional due to the careful plucking style.
We have included extra features like legato , velocity sensitive choke , Each note micro tuning controls and Unison pluck /finger articulation with detuning effect in the instrument. All these features make this instrument playable and unique sounding instrument.
Instrument comes with two mic position and some basic effect section.
Beautiful Darabuka Drum Library V.1.1 Lite MiDi EXS24 KONTAKT
This is a sample library of a beautiful Darabuka that I’ve received as a gift and thought it would make a great addition to use in my projects, especially since I’ve sampled certain articulations that I mostly use. This Darabuka was recorded with 4 dynamic layers per articulation and with 2 dynamic layers for the rolls. I haven’t recorded any RRs, but you’ll find that there are enough articulations and velocity layers to create a fairly realistic performance with it.
The Darabuka was captured in mono using the AKG 420 Perception microphone, which really brought out the clarity of the instrument while retaining the body. I’ve included a MIDI file performance using the instrument, which will give you an idea of how to use the instrument.
I’ll be further expanding on this instrument in the future by recording lots of Round Robins than I originally did, more articulations, and a couple more mic positions. In the meantime, please enjoy using this simple but articulate instrument!
4 Dynamic Layers per Main Articulation & 2 Dynamic Layers per Roll & Hit
Contains 12 samples in 44.1 / 24 bit Mono WAV & NCW lossless compression format
Output Exhale KONTAKT
Exhale is a playable vocal engine built for every composer, producer and artist seeking that cutting-edge sound in today's most creative music.
Output introduced a new take on the modern vocal sound with their new plug-in instrument Exhale. It is described as a playable engine for producers, artists and composers giving you the ability to create the cutting edge vocal sounds required in today's music.
1.Extract all files
2. Add library to Kontact
3. Open instrument in Kontact
Karoryfer Samples Weresax for Sforzando
Behold – the Weresax! Seemingly an innocuous alto saxophone sample library, sampled chromatically across the entire standard range of the instrument with two velocity layers and two round robins. It can even seem sophisticated and smoothly expressive with its vibrato controlled by nine parameters and three low-frequency oscillators.
But we thought that as long as we’ve got all these notes sampled, and we’ve got them looped for infinite sustain, why not layer them together and see if we can make them sound like an accordion. After all accordions, like saxes and harmonicas, use vibrating reeds to produce sound. And, well, it worked. It’s not a completely realistic accordion, of course, but it can pass for one in a crowd.
Keeping the momentum going, we added more layered voices and more controls, and also made a sxnth – a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer using looped sax samples for oscillators. With polyphony, up to five unison voices, AHDSR envelope, vibrato, resonant highpass filter and a resonant lowpass filter with envelope and LFO, it’s capable of organic variations of many classic synthesizer sounds.
Weresax features 256 WAV samples (24-bit), 3 SFZ instrument mappings, a GUI and 20 presets. Requires Plogue Sforzando version 1.845 or newer for all features to work.
GBR Loops Tumbi Instrument KONTAKT
Welcome to Tumbi Instrument. Tumbi is a traditional musical instrument of Punjab. Single string plucking instrument is associated with folk music of Punjab. In this package 15 types presets of Tumbi. After deep research, GBR Loops made Tumbi virtual instrument.
All types of Tumbi All types of Tumbi have been created in standard key. To use the library, you must first ensure that you have the full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT 5.3.0 (or higher).
Cinematique Instruments Hammered Dulcimer
The hammered dulcimer is a stringed instrument with 31 string pairs stretched over a trapezoidal shaped sound box. Usually, the hammered dulcimer is set on a stand in front of the musician, who holds small wooden mallet hammers to strike the strings.
The dulcimer has two bridges, a bass bridge near the right and a treble bridge on the left side. The bass bridge holds up bass strings, which are played to the left of the bridge. The treble strings can be played on either side of the treble bridge, playing them on the left side gives a note a fifth higher than playing them on the right of the bridge.
The strings of a hammered dulcimer are found in pairs, two strings for each note. Each set of strings is tuned in unison and is called a course. As with a piano, the purpose of using multiple strings per course is to make the instrument louder, although as the courses are rarely in perfect unison, a chorus effect usually results like a mandolin..
We recorded the hammered dulcimer in two microphone positions. At the top of the instrument we placed - in a ms stereo set-up - a pair of Neumann U87s and at the bottom we put a single condenser. These two positions are covering a wide range of sound and you are free to mix them at your own requirements. We played the hammered dulcimer in minor thirds and concentrated mainly on three different articulations. Firstly we recorded the „normal" notes which means that we hit the strings with the typical small wooden mallets, we called this articulation „Mallet". Furthermore we struck the strings with a drum stick which we called „Sticks" and finally we recorded an articulation where we struck the strings with a timpani mallet and damped the strings with the palm of the hand which we named „Muted". All these articulation were recorded in 4 round robin variation and up to 4 velocity layer.
Beside this we cared most about producing the typical hammered dulcimer tremolo. Thus we equipped the instrument with two different ways to produce this roll alike tremolo. The first option to generate the tremolo will be achieved by duplicating each already played note when releasing the key. This lets you exactly control the velocity and tempo of the tremolo. The other and more easy way to produce the tremolo uses the modwheel. By turning the wheel you control the tremolo tempo from slow to fast. In order to avoid sounding too artificially we included a random factor which automatically affects the tempo and the velocity which results a very organic tremolo which lets you easy switch between single notes and tremolo rolls. Furthermore we added several functions and effects such as the control of reverb, delay, decay, distortion or octave which expands the entire sound of the hammered dulcimer and gives you a lot of options.
All in all we came out with an instrument which enriches your music with a nice and organic feel whether you used it as a solo or just as a background instrument.
One complex patch including three articulations and advanced scripting. Approx. data 2.5 GB (1.4 GB compressed). For more details please read the . reference manual.
Kontakt 4 full version is required
Sample Diggers Eastern Strings and Things Vol.1 WAV
The collection of loops and one shots in this selection were produced on instruments that are hybrid in nature they are bespoke and are not commonly found in your average music shop or any other loop packs!
Important notes on the loops
The Sitouki is a hybrid instrument which is hallway between a Sitar and a Bouzouki. It sounds like a sitar but allows for different techniques that are not possible on a Sitar. The Sitar is now a hugely popular instrument which features in many compositions, these particular loops from the Sitouki will give you the edge.
The SazOud or just 'Oud' in the loop packs is an attempt at fusing the sound of two Turkish instruments into one; with nylon fretless Oud and the steel understrung Saz drones. When striking the nylon strings the Saz strings are struck in sympathy by the nylon strings, a very unique sound. The sounds are akin to other eastern instruments such as the Sarod.
Swarmandal and Tampoura
These are both Indian accompaniment drone based instruments and as such seldom take on melodic duties. The Tampoura is a bass drone instrument and the Swarmandal is a form of Indian harp both of which were popularised in the 60s primarily through music of The Beatles. For example Tampoura features heavily on the track Tomorrow Never Knows and the Swarmandal is a prime feature in the song Strawberry Fields Forever.
Here both instruments are grafted on to one body which sets up counter resonances. Many of the loops for both of these instruments are played in a more contemporary way than is normally the case in Indian classical music.
Percussion loops have been added as a bonus to enhance the pack and provide rhythmic context for the loops, these include:
The Sitouki used as percussion instrument
Keys or Indian Ragas
All instruments are predominantly based around the tonal centre of D which the exception of the Sitouki where a capo is used to bring about an F tonality. Drones and modal playing (Ragas) is the norm for most eastern instrumentation.
However there are many ways of interpret these tonal centres in other keys outside of D both in minor and major variations.
D = Major: Can be played over the keys of:
G major/E minor
A major/F# Minor
Dm = DMinor
D Harmonic and Melodic Minor
Some playing is based around other Minor modes Ragas these include:
Lydian Dominant or the Indian scale of Vachaspati (pronounced Vāchaspati, meaning Lord of speech) is the fourth mode the melodic minor scale and can be interchanged between minor and major tonalities to create interesting tensions
Phrygian Dominant or the Indian scale of Indian scale called Vakulabharanam (pronounced vakuḷābharaṇam) is the fifth mode of the harmonic minor scale and is the most tense sounding of the scales often referred to as the 'Spanish Gypsy Scale' it is used in Arabic, Turkish and Jewish music extensively.
A word on meter and timings and Indian Talas
Eastern/Indian phrasing and bar length (Talas) is seldom based on a four count or common time. As such the phrasing on many of the loops run right across bar lines. The lengths of the loop bars are normally between 4 and 8 bars of 4/4 but there are some longer, shorter and irregular lengths to suit the length of the phrase and maintain authenticity and integrity. It is highly recommended that you experiment with the start point of loop in your DAW to set up or counteract anacrusis phrasing for example. Many of the loops follow simpler more western based rhythms and phrases and these can be use in a more usual manner.
24 Bit Quality
16 80bpm Oud Loops
17 80bpm Swarmandal Loops
19 100bpm Oud Loops
11 100bpm Swarmandal Loops
15 120bpm Oud Loops
16 120bpm Swarmandal Loops
22 140bpm Oud Loops
15 140bpm Swarmandal Loops
63 Percussion Loops (various bpm)
32 Swarmandal One Shots
36 80bpm Sitouki Loops
5 80bpm Tamboura Loops
29 100bpm Sitouki Loops
6 100bpm Tamboura Loops
33 120bpm Sitouki Loops
8 120bpm Tamboura Loops
28 140bpm Sitouki Loops
6 140bpm Tamboura Loops
14 Tamboura One Shots
45 Bonus Instrument One Shots