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Crank from Rhythmic Robot takes over six hundred samples of an Eastern European stringed folk instrument – the wonderfully erratic hurdy-gurdy – and welds them into a four-oscillator analogue synthesiser framework capable of creating strange, eerie, evolving patches. This is what a polysynth would sound like it it was built by Black Forest gypsies out of old planks and lengths of twine...
The hurdy-gurdy produces its sounds by rubbing a rosined wooden wheel over a series of violin-style strings: the sound is half violin, half hand-cranked barrel organ. It's uniquely strange and can be both plaintive and raw-sounding. We've sampled a hurdy-gurdy extensively to create the DNA for Crank, and have named the instrument after the handle that the player cranks round to make the hurdy-gurdy play.
The twin Crank oscillators are independently controllable, with dual filters, envelopes, pitch control, LFOs and so on; they also run in tandem with twin Analogue Oscillators, adding some classic analogue waves to the tonal palette. The characteristic attack "squeal" of the acoustic hurdy-gurdy can be turned on or off individually, and the sound sources mixed and blended to create haunting and evocative instruments that sound "almost real". Crank is a great way to get the sound of strings from parallel universes into your mix! Features include:
Crank is available now and requires Kontakt v.4.2.3 or later to run (including all versions of Kontakt 5). Kontakt Player is not supported.