What has only three strings and has a sound somewhere between a banjo and a guitar? No, I'm not talking about student violins from China, I'm talking about the McNally Strumstick, or more specifically the Diatonic D Grand, our victim today.
We've recorded just about 'all she wrote' on this instrument- picked, plucked, bowed, and more, with sampled releases, easy string selection via modwheel, two mic positions, and at up to 3 velocities and 4 round robins- 1,700 samples and 20 articulations in all.
SIMPLE YET VERSATILE
Despite only having three strings, our strumstick is surprisingly versatile. Outfitted with several different types of strings, the instrument has a wide range of timbres.
Using the modwheel, you can choose which string to give priority, 1, 2, or 3, each bringing a range of characteristic differences to the tone.
In addition, extensive sampling of releases gives the instrument a very realistic response and feel while playing.
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