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This enchanting little instrument is a simple 8-string fretless zither, roughly 12 x 20 inches in size. Zithers are a broad family of hollow-bodied string instruments common throughout all of Europe and Asia. Variants range from the dulcimer to the Koto, with countless other flavors unique to each region and culture. Common to each of them is the arrangement of multiple strings over a hollow body. The oldest known variant of the zither family dates back to 4th century B.C China, while new additions continue to spring up to this day. Our particular hand-held zither has steel strings, with a smooth, dark tone, with a clean biting attack and long, natural decay. At it’s softest, it has a pristine, almost harp-like sound, while the hardest notes bend deeply at the attack, with a pronounced twang.
*Version 1 of this library was originally published as “Zitherette” by Tonehammer.
We chose a pluck articulation and captured it very close and dry, in wide stereo. We sampled our little zither extensively, as we do with all of our instruments. Each string has an average of 8 velocity layers, with 4 round-robin variations per layer. We also captured palm mute release triggers, with 2 velocities and 4 round robins per note. We created a variety of presets, to allow maximum flexibility and intuitive playability. We also created an array of custom sound-designed fx patches, extending the creative possibilities even further.
Lastly, we’ve created a “wet” version of most of the core patches with a convolution reverb effect preloaded. These “wet” patches feature select custom impulse responses recorded from some of our favorite locations.
- 4 sets of Zitherette (natural scale BmHarmonic, w/ palm/mute)
- 2 sets of Zitherette (tuned scale w/ dampener)
- 2 sets of ZItherette (tuned scale w/ mute)
- 2 sets of Zitherette (tuned w/ arp)
- Zitherette experimental patches
- Bonus custom ambience patches
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or later (Kontakt 4 is also supported). We’ve included 24 Kontakt 3.5/4-compatible nki programs.
319 Samples (standard pcm wav)
25 .nki files (unlocked format)
627 MB installed (339 MB Download)
24 bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format(s): Kontakt 3.5 .nki and pcm .wav
Includes a free bonus collection of ambiences, special fx presets, and a few of our favorite custom convolution reverb impulses built-in.
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Important Note: Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5 or 4 full retail version of Kontakt required to use all .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” does not support this library.
System Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7. Intelmac and Mac OS 10.5 or higher. Runs stand-alone or as plug-in via VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8). Dual Core PCU, 2 GB System Ram, 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer SATA II hard drive recommended.