A Psaltered Zither
Cinematic Scoring Tools
created from MODWHEEL's collection of Zithers, Psaltery & other fretless string instruments
10 Kontakt Patches in total
24bit 48kHz Multisamples
3.86 GB core library using NI lossless compression
Note: Requires Full Version Kontakt 5.6 or higher
Not compatible with free Kontakt Player
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Over the years we have managed to gather quite a collection of instruments, among them an array of what could loosely be described as Zithers.
When considering the tone and employment of this sample library it occurred to us that it might be interesting to combine the sounds of the plucked or struck Zither attacks with the more sustained bowed sounds of the Psaltery. So with that in mind we set about developing what has become A Psaltered Zither.
Six different Zithers, Psaltery and unfretted folk instruments make up the library.
Each instrument is one patch with numerous articulations available via the faders
plucked, picked, bowed-long-medium-short, harmonics etc and these can be played singularly or cumulatively.
When not being used, articulations can be switched off (by clicking on its name) to conserve cpu. Each articulation is panned, has its own envelope and can be transposed + or - 1 octave.
All instruments have been re-tuned to sample as many notes as possible. The lowest and highest notes have been extended to give a six octave range to each patch.
There are 4 round robins and at least 3 velocity levels on most notes.
Each patch comes with a folder of snapshots (127 in total) that offer numerous examples and starting points to get you going.
By experimenting with blending the levels of the different articulation faders coupled with the additional FX it is possible to achieve a wide range of unique tones and subtle variations that we hope make for a very playable and useful instrument.
All the A Psaltered Zither patches feature Scatter Box. Scatter Box is MODWHEEL’s new sync’d and experimental convolution IR effects rack which was developed from an original concept by
Kirke Godfrey. It is divided into 4 sub sections:
19 handcrafted IRs some featuring pitched notes (named, cmin, cmaj etc)
40 handcrafted tempo synced convolution IRs which will sync to your DAW's tempo
15 handcrafted reversed, tempo sync’d convolution IRs
25 handcrafted atmospheric IRs. These are longer events created using feedback and lesley cabinets, which give the instruments more of a pad and atmospheric quality.
It’s hard to explain quite what Scatter Box does and we don’t want to give too many secrets away. Just experiment with the different sections and you’ll soon get the hang of it.