Precisionsound releases Russian Balalaika

Precisionsound Russian Balalaika

Precisionsound has announced the release of Russian Balalaika, a very detailed sampled Balalaika for NI Kontakt, EXS24, HALion and SoundFont.

The recording was made in the “Usachevsky” studio at the University of Utah, and the instrument was played by Igor Iachimciuc and edited by Lars Westin, KSP script programming was made by Iain Morland.

Russian Balalaika features

  • 1,250 24bit mono WAV files of a Russian 3 stringed (2 E strings and 1 A string) Balalaika.
  • Articulations recorded separately for both the E and A string: Up, Down, Thumb, Flam, Mute, Unison EA, Unison EE, Tremolo (3 variations but same speed), Harmonics, FX1, FX2 and Fretnoises.
  • Includes 2 types of programs: “Solo” and “Group” (NI Kontakt, EXS24 & HALion versions only).
    • “Solo” programs are one single Balalaika
    • “Group” programs are a mix of 3 different notes and articulations played at the same time to build a unison feel of 3 (6 in NI Kontakt 3 and 4 if the String mix is set to 50% using the KSP script programs) unique Balalaika players.
  • Speed control of the tremolos is only available in the NI Kontakt 3 & 4 programs.

Russian Balalaika is available to purchase as a download for $69 USD (+$11 USD on DVD); all formats are included.

More information: Precisionsound / Russian Balalaika


Precisionsound releases Moldova Concert Cimbalom (HALion/Kontakt)

Precisionsound Moldova Concert Cimbalom

Precisionsound has released Moldova Concert Cimbalom, a 2.1 GB (packed) sample library for HALion & Kontakt.

The recording of this concert Cimbalom (1990) from the Republic of Moldova was made in the “Usachevsky” studio at the University of Utah, and the instrument was played by Igor Iachimciuc, who is known as one of the best Cimbalom players/composers in Moldova.

Moldova Concert Cimbalom features

  • Three pairs of mallets used for the recording: Soft mallets (made in Hungary), Middle/Medium mallets (made in Moldova) and Hard mallets (made in Romania)
  • 3 velocity layers for all the 3 mallet types in both sustained and damped versions
  • Harmonics (sustained) and the Moldova Cimbalom played with nails (Pizzicato), both sustained and damped and to round it of; a huge selection of clusters and effects has been recorded
  • Two microphones for stereo realization have been utilized (AKG 414) and the recording was made on a Pro Tools system
  • 1208 samples, in 24-bit, 44.1KHz stereo WAV, mapped in 21 programs for both HALion 1.11 & Kontakt 1.2

A complete program list is available at the product page.

Moldova Concert Cimbalom costs $69 USD.

More information: Precisionsound / Moldova Concert Cimbalom