BOWED PSALTERY

WALKTHROUGH

PRODUCT INFO

The bowed psaltery is a 20th century re-imagining of the psaltery, a plucked zither dating as far back as ancient times. The instrument produces a high, almost glassy tone similar to other fretless zithers, and does an excellent job of standing out in any mix. With a sound reminiscent of its medieval roots, it's a sure match for any fantasy or historical track.

We have painstakingly chromatically sampled the entire range of a two-octave example with 14 total articulations ranging from the original bowed to plucked, picked, and even struck with a hammered dulcimer mallet, all with up to 8 round robins.

KEY STATS

Kontakt FULL 5.6.8+ Required (?)

 

912 Samples; 1,824 Files (?)

 

800 MB of HDD space

(+800 MB for installation files)

 

HDD of 7200+ RPM or SSD recommended

DEMOS

BEHIND-THE-SCENES

ANCIENT LOOKS, MODERN SOUNDS

The instrument we sampled was built by Jerry Read Smith (Song of the Wood Ltd.) of North Carolina, and is his two-octave Maple model, from G to G, a standard size for bowed psalteries.

After numerous tests with various patterns and setups, we decided on a pair of Rode NT5's in a NOS array approximately 18" above the instrument, and a close Aston Spirit LDC in cardioid about 8" above the instrument.

Approximately two hours went into recording the instrument, with great care taken to capture the full, resonant decays of each note.

GUI

ARTICULATIONS / PATCHES

Bowed

  • Bowed - Spic/Short/Long Combo
  • Bowed - Long
  • Bowed - Crescendo
  • Bowed - Short
  • Bowed - Spiccato
  • Bowed - Tremolo
  • Bowed - Bounce/Ricochet

 

Effects

  • Effects - Various Effects

Picked

  • Picked - Sustained
  • Picked - Stopped

 

Plucked

  • Snapshots - Open
  • Snapshots - Muted

 

Mallet (Hammered Dulcimer)

  • Snapshots - Hit
  • Snapshots - Flam

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