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We created Koto Nation out of a desire to see traditional Japanese instruments receive a deep, thorough sampling treatment, much like our acclaimed North Indian sample library Sitar Nation.
While there are a handful of libraries which include samples of the koto and shamisen, they feature only the most basic articulations and few (if any) velocities or round robins.
To our knowledge, the bass koto has never been sampled at all! Given the popularity of the shakuhachi and taiko in many Western film soundtracks, we wanted to allow film composers, hobbyist producers, ethnomusicologists, anime fans and everyone in between access to these classic instruments and complete the repertoire of traditional Japanese sounds available.
This library includes a massive number of samples spanning a wide variety of both traditional and extended playing techniques all recorded by koto legend Masayo Ishigure (Memoirs of a Geisha).
This includes close and stereo room mic positions! A total of 25 main patches spread among the three instruments cover all crucial playing techniques, such as sustained picks with a plectrum, pizzicato, octaves, glissandi of multiple types and speeds, vibrato, tremolo, mordents (pitch bends), and mutes, as well as extended techniques such as atonal glissandi, finger scrapes, string hits and hard plucks.
Multiple dynamic and round robin layers were recorded for each articulation, as well as variations in speed or tonality where appropriate; for example, the koto tremolo can be played at two main speeds (with fine speed control), mordents can be set to whole-tone or half-tone, glissandi can be played slow, fast and in ascending, descending or mixed order, and so on.
This incredible depth of sampling allows for unparalleled realism, allowing the instruments to stand alone in a solo context as well as in a larger composition.
The sitar, tampura, tabla and baya were chosen for our library not only because these instruments have remained a foundation of Indian classical music for centuries, but also because they have even permeated Western music since the 50s and 60s.
Sitar Nation is the first library to capture these instruments with a level of detail and realism normally reserved for violins and pianos, allowing the composer to control and play these beautiful sounds without relying on excessive programming.
The library is built on 2.7gb of “unlocked” 24-bit/44.1khz audio content.
Eighteen main patches cover a variety of important playing techniques for all four instruments, all of which can be loaded from up to three positions: close, room, and ambient.
This, combined with extensive sampling for velocity and round robins, allows you to carefully reproduce authentic sounds OR simply add flourishes of flavor to your compositions with a minimum of time spent.
8 String Acoustic Bouzouki
Designed, recorded and produced by Dimitris Plagiannis, our first entry into the Plectra Series of virtual instruments is a classic instrument of Greek music.
Reminiscent of the European mandolin but with a deeper, richer tone, the bouzouki has its roots as one of the oldest musical instruments.
No sample libraries existed that truly captured this beautiful instrument in great depth and detail, until now!
Our 8-string acoustic bouzouki has been thoroughly sampled and produced with all the love and care you would expect from a next-generation virtual instrument.
Extensive, custom scripting by Dimitris has been created to simulate real playing as accurately as possible.
From dynamic changes to up and down strokes, string selection, note speed, legato slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and more, every facet of bouzouki performance has been painstakingly recreated.
Continuing our Plectra Series of plucked, picked and strummed string instruments from around the world comes this collection of traditional folk harps!
Featuring the lyre, lap harp, and celtic harp, this KONTAKT 4 sample library evokes images of the Irish countryside, Appalachian splendor, tall tales and a heart mug of mead beside a crackling fire.
The intimate, close-miced sound is ideal for traditional, folk, medieval and Renaissance music as well as modern scores in any number of styles.
With this library, we wanted to capture the warm and rustic tones of the celtic harp, lap harp, and lyre, each of which has a rich tradition extending back hundreds to thousands of years.
While the Western concert harp has been sampled in depth, these smaller instruments have previously been overlooked by the sampling world.
Our approach was to record using close mics and a minimum of room ambiance, leaving just the perfect amount of ‘air’ for each note to ring out and breathe.
We made sure to extensively record dynamics and round robins, up to 7 layers for some articulations, so the entire range of each instrument could be accurately represented. Playing styles include plucked, harmonics, hammered, bowed, ebowed, percussive slaps and glissandos.
Welcome to the third entry in our Plectra Series of deep-sampled plucked, picked, and strummed instruments from around the globe!
The Kazakh Dombra is an ancient fretted lute with two strings and an integral part of traditional music from Kazakhstan.
It is playable as a solo instrument, as part of an ensemble, or to accompany epic songs and poetry.
To truly capture the authentic playing style of the dombra, our instrument was performed by Asset Abdrakhmanov in Almaty, Kazakhstan and recorded by Sergei Smorgov.
Articulations in Plectra Series 3 include multiple types of pitch bend articulations that help reproduce the colorful range of timbres the dombra is capable of.
These include mordents (single up-and-down bends), major and minor trills (repeating between two notes), and full neck slides from each note on each string.
Standard sustains and muted playing are of course also available, along with true legato hammer-on and pull-off playing for authentic transitions between notes.
This Kontakt library, produced by Dimitris Plagiannis, sets a new standard for depth, playability, and realism in non-Western sampled instruments.
We are delighted to present Plectra Series 4 – the most realistic and playable virtual oud ever released.
The history of the oud extends back to antiquity, having been referenced in writings over 1,000 years old.
It is a fretless, stringed instrument that has been used in both Middle Eastern and European music for many centuries, and is now played all over the world.
The instrument we sampled is a custom-made, double soundboard Turkish oud by Faruk Türünz.
The instrument was performed by Stelios Varveris and recorded with pristine Neumann & AKG mics through an SSL console in a treated studio room.
KONTAKT 5.5 (full version – NOT player) required.
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