Bolder Sounds has announced the release of its new Kontakt instrument library Dolceola, featuring the sounds of a rare hybrid keyboard-zither instrument manufactured by the Toledo Symphony Company from 1903 to 1907.

Bolder Sounds’ Dolceola can be played in 2 modes: A traditional 4 octave linear keyboard and a chordal mode, which turns each key in the 2nd octave into chordal assignments of the users choice.

These user-assigned chords can then be saved as a preset or bank for future use. The actual Dolceola is played in this manner and this creates a unique sound signature. The Dolceola was intended to be played in the key of Eb. The virtual Kontakt version can be played in any key.

The instrument library features virtual octave shifting, an easy-button interface to map the 8 sampled velocity layers (velocity maps can be saved as presets), and two bonus Dolceola instruments (Harmonics and Muted). Various snapshots/presets are included with each Dolceola instrument.

The 1.7 GB sample library is available for the full version of Kontakt 5.5.2 or higher. It has an introductory price of $44.95 USD until July 15th, 2021 (regular $59.95 USD).

More information: Bolder Sounds