with the release of Gypsy just around the corner, i thought it was a good time to write the first review of RA. this is a world class instrument for creating all types of international sounding projects.
the sampling quality and playability of these rare instruments is fantastic and inspiring. the collection is very large and as a result, many of the instruments are presented with fine detail in regards to the articulation of the instruments. in its top patches, these instrumental details are revealed by making use of keyswitching in the kontakt engine.
some of my favourite instruments in RA are ones like the daduk, koto, mandolin, middle eastern string section and many more, especially instruments that i didnt even know existed until i bought this. yali tambur? i never played a yali before!
i have to say though, i'm sure the creators will agree with me that the collection is meant to inspire you and help you create ethnic sounding compositions, but i think anyone who really digs this instrument will be reminded that there is no substitute for getting out and travelling around the world to record the sonic gems of this planet.