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Traditional tuned percussion instrument originating from Indonesia
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Angklung is a full-ranged traditional tuned percussion instrument originating from Indonesia, dating back to roughly the 7th Century AD. Over the past thousand years, it has spread widely throughout Southeast Asia and Polynesia and can be heard in a variety of traditional and modern music, from gamelan orchestras to pop bands and jazz ensembles.
The Angklung is actually best thought of as a set of several individual single-note instruments, each one comprised of a pair of bamboo tubes in a higher/lower octave pair sounded by a loose rattle. The result is a uniquely full, clear but short-sustaining, dry note. For this massive dedicated Angklung multi-sample library, we've recorded a set of 18 Angklung notes, tuned over a major scale spanning nearly 3 full octaves. We captured them up close in a dry studio and out in a large open hall with 3 mic positions (close, mid, far). We recorded each up and down stroke separately, with 48 round-robin variations per-velocity/per-note for the dry (24 up/24 down) and 16 round-robin variations per-velocity/per-note for the hall samples (8 up/8 down). We also recorded natural hand-played sustaining loops at different speeds and intensities, with smooth dynamic cross-fading between layers and adjustable release samples. And finally, we created a full collection of sustaining pads, ambiences and soundscapes from the raw bamboo angklung recordings that complement the sonic flavor and soul of the library.
The Angklung library features a range of proprietary features, including the latest version of our Uberpeggiator arp system, custom convolution effects, parametric EQ and standard performance shaping parameters. Note attack and sample offset allow you to simply tighten the sound or create pad-like effects. Release timing with extended decay range settings, independent release sample volume and mic position blending (in Hall presets) allow users to really tune the sound of the instrument.
Micro-tuning and width allow you to fine-tune how the angklung sits in a mix with other instruments. The "width" in particular controls the amount of stereo panning based on key position, simulating the natural stereo width of the instrument in an orchestral environment.
The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 4.2.4 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. Windows XP or higher. Mac OSX 10.6 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.