Plugin Boutique has launched an exclusive sale on the Hammered Dulcimer, a Kontakt instrument library by Cinematique Instruments featuring the sounds of a stringed instrument with 31 string pairs stretched over a trapezoidal shaped sound box.

The sample library features a complex patch including three articulations and advanced scripting.

We recorded the hammered dulcimer in two microphone positions. At the top of the instrument we placed – in a ms stereo set-up – a pair of Neumann U87s and at the bottom we put a single condenser. These two positions are covering a wide range of sound and you are free to mix them at your own requirements. We played the hammered dulcimer in minor thirds and concentrated mainly on three different articulations.

Firstly we recorded the „normal“ notes which means that we hit the strings with the typical small wooden mallets, we called this articulation „Mallet“. Furthermore we struck the strings with a drum stick which we called „Sticks“ and finally we recorded an articulation where we struck the strings with a timpani mallet and damped the strings with the palm of the hand which we named „Muted“. All these articulation were recorded in 4 round robin variation and up to 4 velocity layer.

The instrument also lets you play typical hammered dulcimer tremolo in two different ways, and several functions and effects were added (control of reverb, delay, decay, distortion or octave), expadning the entire sound of the hammered dulcimer.

Available for for the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or higher, Hammered Dulcimer is on sale for $32 USD until May 1st, 2022.

More information: Cinematique Instruments