Cimbalom V2


 Kontakt 2 + / Apple EXS24 / Gigastudio 2

The Cimbalom (version 2) is first volume of the Hammered Dulcimer Trilogy.
An instrument of Hungarian origin and largest member of the Hammered Dulcimer family, sometimes also spelled "Cymbalom". The Cimbalom library contains beautifully recorded 24 bit stereo samples available for ESX24, NI Kontakt and GigaStudio 3 formats. Each note of the instrument was recorded at mf, f and dampened articulations. This was the first sound library available for this wonderful beast of an instrument, with a distinct and unique tonal imprint to infuse into your music tracks. 

The Cimbalom is a musical instrument of the Hungarian Gypsies, and may be tracked back in history to the Orient and the Middle East. An early known version of this instrument in Arabia was called the "Kannun". Today an instrument in wide use of this same family is the Hammered Dulcimer. The largest of these instruments is the Cimbalom. It is the national musical instrument of Hungary and is used in the Classical and Folk Music as frequently as Piano.
The Cimbalom may be described as a 125 stringed instrument on a soundbox, mounted on removable legs. Its tone is a cross between the piano and the Harp with a range of 4.5 octaves. The instrument is played by striking the strings with 8-inch long wooden or metal mallets (wooden in this case). The two carved wooden sticks are wrapped with cotton, wool or leather creating sounds that range from bright to very soft or the tips of the mallets can be left bare, creating a sound similar to that of a banjo .Two damper bars and a foot pedal help to control the sounding vibrations of the Cimbalom. The Instrument stands about 3 feet high on its removable legs and weighs about 150 to 175 pounds. The strings are like piano wires but custom made to fit the instrument. Music from classical to gypsy and jazz to rock can be played on the cimbalom.


Above is a screen-shot of the Cimbalom Kontakt version 2 with a very flexible new KSP script.

The Cimbalom was sampled in stereo at 24 bits/44k into a Alesis ML9600 High Resolution Master Disc Recorder using a stero pair of Nuemann KM 184 mics into a Grace Design 201 mic preamp. The 24 bit resolution has been retained for this sample library. Two dynamic levels (mf & f) were recorded as well as a set of dampered notes for each note of the Cimbalom. Rolls (tremolo) were also recorded at a later sampling session and they are integrated into this library.
The Cimbalom library is 414 MB.

*Full version of Kontakt SAMPLER 3 or 4 required. Will only run on the Kontakt PLAYER for 30 minutes in demo mode.*

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