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Dolceola by Bolder Sounds
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Dolceola by Bolder Sounds is Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products).
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The Dolceola is a rare American instrument that was manufactured between 1903 and 1907 by the Toledo Symphony Company. The Dolceola resembles a miniature piano, but which is in fact a zither with a keyboard. It is used in traditional holy blues and has an unusual, angelic, music-box sound. There sre estimated to be about 20 Dolceolas in circulation today.

Features of the Dolceola Kontakt sample library:

  • The virtual Dolceola can be played in 2 modes - the first being a traditional 4 octave linear keyboard, the 2nd mode is chordal mode. The chordal mode turns each key in the 2nd octave into chordal assignments of the users choice. These user-assigned chords can then be saved as a preset or bank for future use. The actual Dolceola is played in this manner and this creates a unique sound signature. The Dolceola was intended to be played in the key of Eb. The virtual Kontakt version can be played in any key.
  • The Velocity Page allows you to make your own map of the 8 sampled velocity layers with an easy button-interface to turn each layer ON and OFF. These Velocity maps can then be saved as presets.
  • An Octave Button creates a virtual octave shifting all samples an octave lower layered against the original pitch.
  • 2 Dolceola bonus instruments are included as - Dolceola Harmonics.nki and Dolceola Muted.nki. The Harmonics.nki has each string sampled at the octave harmonic and the Muted.nki features samples with the string muted at the base of the string for a percussive effect.
  • Snapshots (presets) are included with each Dolceola instrument.

The full uncompressed size of this library is 1.7 GB. It has been Kontakt compressed for convenience of downloading and rapid loading into Kontakt which totals 828 MB. This library requires NI Kontakt version 5.5.2 or higher, and has been tested for compatibility in Kontakt 5 & 6.

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