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Hopkin Instrumentarium: Handsome Dan

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What is it?
Kontakt 6 NKI
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Operating System Latest Version
System Requirements
Windows 7 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System RAM, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.12 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System RAM, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.
License & Installation Method
Voucher / Code for redemption on other website
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Hopkin Instrumentarium: Handsome Dan

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Handsome Dan is an experimental custom creation from the mind of master instrument inventor Bart Hopkin: A stringed Zither with a unique twist. The key is a clever system for picking up and isolating the harmonic resonances in unplayed strings. This flat wooden sound box has 14 strings, with a center bridge dividing them into two segments. A magnetic pickup is placed on one side, but the strings are played primarily on the other side, usually with a slide or plectrum. When a frequency sounding on the played side matches any of the harmonics of the same string on the unplayed side, it sets up a sympathetic vibration in the unplayed segment. That's the sound that comes through the pickup. The tone is dreamy and ethereal, with a floating, swelling presence.

We've faithfully sampled every interesting sound we could get out of this zither, with two stereo mic positions: Contact mics, and mixed mics. Plucks, Slides in a variety of intervals, and Glisses up and down are available in all four layers to easily mix and match. With up to 8x round robin and 6 velocity layers per note, you'll be swimming in beautiful timbres in no time. We've also included a wide selection of custom FX presets and plenty of our signature sound-designed ambient content, crafted from the raw acoustic source to give you complete creative freedom.

The Kontakt interface includes a suite of automation-ready sound-shaping controls to give you total creative flexibility. You have control over swell, attack, release, offset, vibrato, filter, pitch (coarse & fine), articulation switching, cross-fading and layering, and so much more.

This library comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. We've included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.

The interface is rounded-out by our modular FX rack panel, with 27 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 8 available slots, in any order that you wish. You'll find classic phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more. The Reverb effect includes our favorite convolution reverb impulse responses, including 99 different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, plus another 40 custom FX impulses to radically transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility. We've added a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started.

Listen to demos of Hopkin Instrumentarium: Handsome Dan on Soundcloud

Product Specs:

  • Zither Plucks, Slides, and Gliss articulations in two mic positions: Contact, Mixed.
  • 20 ambient pads and evolving drones created from the source content.
  • 21 Powerful Kontakt .nki instrument presets.
  • 6,838 stereo samples in unlocked .WAV format.
  • 17.1 GB Installed.
  • Made for the full retail version of Kontakt (version 6.2.2+).

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