Fracture Sound has announced the release of its latest Kontakt instrument library Dulciano, featuring the sounds of a grand piano performed with dulcimer hammers.

Fracture Sounds Dulciano

The instrument was sampled in incredible detail, in a modern concert hall setting.

This unique hybrid instrument produces a similar timbre to a dulcimer or cimbalom, but the longer strings and large soundboard of the piano gives the instrument a richer tone and longer sustain. The instrument also has a much wider playable range than a standard dulcimer or cimbalom (A0 to E6).

As with all our libraries, the goal of this instrument was to make it as easy to play as possible. We captured multiple dynamics, controlled by velocity. The highest velocities trigger short one-shot rolls – an articulation commonly used in dulcimer music. Continuous, sustained rolls are triggered by bringing up the mod wheel, or by using your keyboard’s aftertouch (channel pressure).

Dulciano features

  • Grand piano performed with dulcimer hammers.
  • 3 articulations: single notes, 1-shot rolls and sustained rolls – intuitively controlled by velocity and the mod wheel.
  • Deep sampled – up to 12 round-robins.
  • Recorded in a beautiful concert hall setting.
  • 3 microphone positions, easily controlled with the ‘perspective’ slider.
  • Simple and user-friendly interface – familiar layout if you’ve used other Fracture Sounds instruments.
  • 5.5GB download size (NCW compressed from an 11GB sample pool).
  • Requires the full version of Kontakt 5.3 or above.

Dulciano is available for the intro price of 45 EUR (regular 69 EUR). Prices ex. VAT.

More information: Fracture Sounds