Audiority has launched Marimbula, a virtual bass kalimba instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Marimbula, or bass kalimba, is a plucked box instrument from the Caribbean originally created by African slaves in the 19th century. This instrument, differently from other lamellaphones, is used to play simple bass lines providing a rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment to the diverse instruments of a band.
In this release you will find both acoustic sounds of the Marimbula, as well some sound designed patches. Acoustic patches feature a footprint based noise reduction system, adjustable by Mod Wheel.
- 8 Kontakt Instruments (8 Organic + 8 Designed; .nki).
- Custom Kontakt Scripting.
- 281 samples (.WAV – 48KHz / 24 bit stereo).
- 20 Custom Impulse Responses.
- 291MB Installed.
- Performance controls.
- PDF Manual – (Download).
The Marimbula library is available to purchsae for the introductory price of 10 EUR (regular 12 EUR). Requires Kontakt 4.2.4+ full version.
More information: Audiority / Marimbula
Rhythmic Robot has released Elektrik Kalimba, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt
This is, basically, a three-octave African thumb-piano sonically welded onto a traditional Rhodes EP. It sounds like the kind of keyboard a Zulu teenager might hotrod up in his spare time when he’d got tired of the tribal rain dances and wanted to get his groove on. It’s organic, funky, a bit dusty and clunky at times, and can run the gamut from almost-EP tones (though with a strange and unique originality to them) through bell-like, almost steel drum sounds, to African percussion clicks and clacks, depending on which settings you dial in.
We sampled multiple tine scratches, thunks, clicks, ticks and finger noises, and these can be introduced as additional attack noises beyond the kalimba’s own tone. We also sampled release thuds, thumps and mutes, and these can again be dialled in separately. This allows you to go from a kind of warmly rattly Roots Rhodes through to a full-on world music machine with a couple of mouse clicks.
Elektrik Kalimba features
- Character of a Kalimba, body of an EP.
- Separately adjustable thumb attack and tine release noises.
- Multiple round-robins and randomised samples for organic authenticity.
- Overdrive and Tremolo controls to add movement and drive to the sound.
- Equally capable in a traditional EP role, or in a more world-music setting, or as a unique sound-design instrument.
Elektrik Kalimba is available to purchase for the introductory price of £9.95 GBP until the end of March, 2013 (regular £14.95 GBP).
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Elektrik Kalimba
Embertone has announced the Tomato Paste Kalimba, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Crafted by some insane genius, the Tomato Paste Kalimba is useful even beyond the borders of Sub-Saharan Africa. This hybrid kalimba/tomato paste container resonates with a unique, intimate sound… and we couldn’t resist sampling it!
The instrument utilizes the same arpeggiator as our Jug Drums COMPLETE collection, and it will get you a stylized rhythm in no time. A preset system gives you the ability to create and save your own arp settings, and 50 factory presets to inspire you. Our custom-programmed randomization, humanization system will keep your patterns from sounding like computerized mechadrums.
The sample library will be available soon, priced at $15 USD.
More information: Embertone / Tomato Paste Kalimba
Softrave has released Kalimba, a virtual percussion instrument for Windows.
Kalimba VSTi is based on samples of real African percussion instrument made of steel called Kalimba. It has 6 layers of velocity so you can feel some natural sound of kalimba out of your speakers.
We also added Analog drift control to add analog touch to samples or to create new vibrato effects. Original notes that were sampled are in diapasone D3 – F5. Lower and higher note sounds less realistic but still useful.
Kalimba VSTi is available to purchase for 11 EUR / $15 USD.
More information: Softrave / Kalimba VSTi
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on Nov 01, 2010
Necromare has released a number of free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.
The samples used are from free online sources and recorded sounds. The instruments are created with MaizeSampler.
Necromare VST instruments
- Orchestral Percussion, velocity sensitive with note variation along the keyboard.
- Kalimba, made with a single wave file.
- Zombie Electric Guitar, velocity sensitive with note variation, includes various scrapes and noises.
- Nylon Guitar, velocity sensitive and note variation includes harmonics, picking and plucking, and fret noise sounds.
- Bowed Guitar, a violin bow scraped across the strings of the guitar. Includes high string and high squeel sounds.
- Clean Electric Guitar, straight foward electric guitar with no effects. Sounds great with some distortion added.
- Acoustic Guitar, velocity sensitive with note vairiation, includes body thumps and fret noises.
- Fartburpatron 3000, farts and burps.
- The Office, various office items recorded including: Enter Key, Pen Click, Paper Ball, Inkjet Printer, Paper Rip, Stapler.
- Old Candle Jar, experimental instrument with sound of an old candle jar struck with a screwdriver.
Necromare VST instrumnent plug-in for Windows are available to download at no cost.
More information: Necromare