This is a collection of instruments we've stumbled across over the months that happen to fall on the smaller side of the wonderful and under appreciated word of hand-held air-driven reed-based instruments. This library ranges from fine quality hand-crafted traditional Indian Shruti Boxes, to a mini accordion and what we refer to as the Plastisax (something vaguely like a child's plastic soprano saxophone, but sounding more like a harmonica). We even found a 2-note paper concertina, for a little reed-based "percussion".
As always, we've sampled each instrument lovingly and thoroughly, with attention to playability and musicality. Obviously, we took these instruments much farther than they were ever designed to go. These sample sets are surprisingly rich, full and playable in a way that one would normally only be able to expect from top notch, full-range instruments.
The centerpiece of this collection is the Shruti Box. This traditional Indian instruments is similar in nature and tone to the harmonium. It's most commonly used as a drone instrument to accompany voice and other solo instruments in Indian classical music, as well as a growing variety of new age and Celtic folk music.
Our mini accordion is actually quite the little giant. It has 14 keys and 4 bass drones, naturally spanning three octaves. With a warm, fat tone that belies it's humble size, this little instrument is a real diamond in the rough. The deep sub-bass octaves have to be heard to be believed.
The Plastisax is vaguely like a child's plastic soprano saxophone, but sounds more like a crisp, clear harmonica crossed with a reed organ. It has 13 keys, spanning roughly 2 octaves. With it's rich, warm, playful sound and expressive playability, it's ideal for children's music and programming, or even layered with woodwinds or organs.
We also have a small palm-sized cardboard and paper 'concertina" found in a local toy store. It really only has two tones; a single note and a chord. The notes sustain for about a second at most. We decided to use this little guy as a hand percussion instrument as well.
We've also included a variety of combination multi-patches to explore and expound on the complimentary nature of each of these instruments. The multis and other special patches provide a lot of great depth and versatility, right out of the box. The range of sounds covers everything from menacing drones, to warbling or smooth analog synths, to mammoth reed organ choruses.
- Available by Direct Download or DVD.
- 997 Samples (standard PCM wav).
- 59 .nki files (unlocked format).
- 1.39 GB installed (1.02 GB Download).
Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5 or 4 full retail version of Kontakt required to use all .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" does not support this library.