Soundiron has released version 3.0 of Bowed Bucket, a unique virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt built from an orange 5 gallon bucket, a wooden 4×4 beam, and cello strings.

Soundiron Bowed Bucket

Bowing the strings produces an oddly clean and rich sound, similar to an electric cello. This library’s articulations include blended legato sustains, staccatos, vari-speed staccato repeats, FX, as well as the “Bucket Percussion Ensemble”.

The Bowed Bucket is the perfect addition for composers in need of uncommon instruments and sonic colors. This library also comes with a large collection of hand-crafted atmospheric pads, ambient textures, and 20 custom sound-designed factory presets.

Bowed Bucket v3.0 features

  • One master NKI instrument bank in open Kontakt format.
  • 579 Stereo Samples.
  • 662 MB installed.
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples.
  • 22 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets.
  • Unlocked Kontakt presets and wav samples to allow user customization.
  • Sustains, Staccato, and Percussion articulations on a bright orange bucket.
  • Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator.
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments.

Bowed Bucket for Kontakt version 5.5 or higher (full version) is available from Soundiron and distributor Plugin Boutique for $29 USD.