Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Mandolin for NI Kontakt.
The Mandolin is a small string instrument which evolved from the lute family in Italy during the 17th and 18th century. It is usually plucked with a plectrum and has 4 choruses of doubled metal strings, usually tuned in 5th's. Cinematique Instruments' mandolin instrument is a flat back soprano Mandolin from Ireland and is tuned like a violin in G-D-A-E.
Cinematique Instruments' main focus was to create a Mandolin instrument which delivers a natural and organic feel. The instrument provides two different plucking sounds,"Plucked 1" sounding more clean and detailed while "Plucked 2" sounds more intimate and warm with a focus on the course string sound. Furthermore the 'Plucked 1' articulation is equipped with a powerful and organic tremolo feature which allows you to play easily the Mandolin in the typical "tragic" tremolo style.
In addition to that Cinematique Instruments programmed a strumming engine which performs patterns based on the pressed keys. This is suitable for accompanying your song or music. It is very easy to use - you only need to draw your pattern in the sequencer and flip between dead notes and open strokes - that's it. But you are also free to strum manually by selecting the 'strummed' articulation and play around with the keyswitches.
Finally Cinematique Instruments added some editing and fx features which let you shape the general sound as well use different reverb types.
For further information especially in terms of the functions in detail, go to: www.cinematique-instruments.com
Price: €36 / $38. Kontakt 4.22+ full version is required.