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The Alto Glockenspiel is a tuned percussion library capturing a small 25-key alto glockenspiel. This instrument is typically used in student orchestras and has a natural range from A4 - A6, although we've artificially extended its playable key-range to span from A-1 to G8. The stretched lower octaves have a dark bell-like quality that becomes muddier and raspier the lower you go, providing an interesting contrast with the very crisp and bright high range.
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We recorded the alto glockenspiel with 3 different articulation types (hard mallet, soft mallet, choked), as well as a small toy glockenspiel using a hard mallet. Each articulation has several dynamic layers and plenty of round-robin variation to create a very dynamic and naturally playable virtual instrument. The Alto Glockenspiel was captured at a very close, dry stereo position and also a far, wide position in a large cathedral. The Toy Glockenspiel was recorded close and dry in wide stereo. These distinct instrument sets can be independently loaded and controlled separately, providing you with very distinct tonal and atmospheric flavors to layer and shape. You can use our intuitive UI controls to customize the sound to your needs, with a variety of options including swell, attack, release, tightness, tuning, vibrato, articulation selection, an optional sub-synth waveform underlay module for tonal reinforcement and a complex step-sequencing arpeggiator and auto-roll system.
We also provide you with a full rack of Kontakt's onboard multi-effects and a wide selection of our most popular convolution reverb impulses to spatialize the sound in a variety of real and sound-designed spaces. We also include a full set of our popular sound-designed textural ambiences and custom FX presets, each created by modifying the source sounds with various effects and sonic manipulation techniques. These bonus presets provide awesome accompaniment to the acoustic instruments in this library and as great resources for cinematic underscoring and sound design: