Welcome to the Bamblong! The Bamblong is a small idiophone similar to a marimba, meticulously hand-crafted from sections of cut and carved bamboo from Southest Asia. It is comprised of a row of tuned bamboo logs that serve as resonance chambers, each ranging between 11⁄2 – 21⁄4 inches in diameter and 8 – 14 inches in length, with sound holes cut into the top of each one. The actual playing surface for each log is a thin bamboo plank suspended on pegs over each bamboo log. When played with recycled rubber bicycle tire mallets, the instrument has a smooth and mellow, yet very crisp and clear musical note, with a quick decay.
First, we sampled it in a very close, intimate dry setting to capture the full warmth and tonality of each note. This gives it a rich, strong presence and total creative flexibility and also allows our Bamblong to work extremely well with any reverb or spatializing effect you like. We deep-sampled the instrument exhaustively, with an average of 20 dynamic velocity layers per note and 10 round-robin variations per dynamic layer. We also recorded strikes and rolls using nylon jazz brushes for a unique raspy effect.
In addition to the dry studio articulations, the bamblong was also recorded in a large glass and stone recording hall for a bright, organic live sound. This “wet” version of the Bamblong is ideal for use in symphonic arrangements and blending with other concert percussion.
For our new version 2.0, we’ve added a full-featured custom user interface with powerful fully-automatable performance controls. The included EQ, Reverb and Uberpeggiator meta-arp system give the Bamblong 2.0 a whole host of new musical potential and playability.
*This library was originally published as “Bamblong” by Tonehammer.
Version 2.0 of the Bamblong features a range of proprietary features, including the latest version of our Uberpeggiator arp system, custom convolution effects, parametric EQ and standard performance shaping parameters. Note attack and sample offset allow you to simply tighten the sound or create pad-like effects. Release timing with extended decay range settings and independent release sample volume to allow users to really tune the sound of the instrument.
All four notes of the bamblong were deeply sampled with between 20 and 24 velocity layers and 10 times round robin per note. The notes have been carefully hand-tuned and spread across 4 octaves. Micro-tuning and width allow you to fine-tune how the angklung sits in a mix with other instruments. The “width” in particular controls the amount of stereo panning based on key position, simulating the natural stereo width of the instrument in an orchestral environment.
We used mallets as well as brushes for the dry recordings allowing greater versatility. With the nylon jazz brushes we captured between 14 and 16 velocity layers and 10 times round robin per note for all four notes. In addition to strikes, we also recorded rolls with release samples using the nylon brushes.
We also decided to capture the true, natural reverb of one of our favorite halls for the wet patches. We got between 14 and 30 velocity layers and 10 times round robin per note for all four notes in this lush environment.
5 Main Articulations:
- Dry, Studio-Recorded Multisamples with Mallets
- Dry, Studio-Recorded Multisamples with Brushes
- Dry Brush Rolls w/ release samples
- Wet, Hall Looping Sustains w/Release
- Sustaining tonal pads and evolving atmospheres
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later (Kontakt 5 is also supported). We’ve included 17 Kontakt 4/5-compatible nki programs, featuring automatable attack, release, offset, swell, tuning, EQ, convolution, and a full range of other effects controls.
2,519 Samples (standard pcm wav)
17 .nki files (unlocked format)
1.56 GB installed
24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format
Over 50 custom convolution reverb impulses
Format(s): Kontakt 4.2.4 .nki and pcm .wav
Includes a free bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambiences.
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Important Note: A full retail license of Native Instruments Kontakt version 4.2.4 (or later) is 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 / 8. Intelmac and Mac OS 10.6 or higher. This product loads into Native Instruments Kontakt, which can run stand-alone or as a VST, AU, RTAS or AAX plugin. Multi-Core CPU, 3+ GB System Ram, 7200 RPM or SSD SATA hard drive recommended.