Soniccouture has announced its latest instrument, Array Mbira, for Kontakt and Kontakt 4 Player.
The Mbira is originally a folk instrument from Africa. Sometimes called a Thumb Piano, Sanza, or Kalimba, they are generally home-made and consist of several metal tines attached to a gourd or piece of wood, which are then plucked with the thumbs. They are mostly small, with a handful of notes.
A far cry from the small, hand held African Mbira, Array Instruments, a U.S. company started by Bill Wesley and Patrick Hadley, have taken the concept to a whole new level, not only in terms of instrument design but also in purity of sound, and range of pitch. The Array Mbira is no toy, it's a highly advanced musical instrument built to exacting specifications.
The Virtual instrument created by Soniccouture features a 5 Octave Mbira, constructed especially for the company. Over 4000 samples make up the library, which includes separate Microphone and Pickup samples which can be mixed by the user. 8 velocity layers and 3 round robin alternate samples per note mean that the expressive and dynamic sound is this instrument is beautifully reproduced. A KSP Strummer module and note-off damping samples are also included.
- 9 GB Library (4 GB compressed).
- 24 bit 44.1 kHZ Stereo Sampling.
- Mic and Pickup Stereo Channels.
- Multiple Round Robins, 8 Velocity layers.
- Note off (Damped) samples.
- KSP Strummer Processor.
- 5 octave range.
Availability and Pricing
Array Mbira is available now on DVD and Download, priced €69 / $89. As it is powered by the free Kontakt Player from Native Instruments, it is available in stand-alone and VST, AU and RTAS instrument plug-in formats. Of course it can also be loaded into the full version of Kontakt 4.
If you purchase Array Mbira before the end of July, 2010, you can get 15% off. Simply enter this code at the checkout: LNSZ3OKEW6.