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Bowed Psaltery

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Versilian Studios

20th century re-imagining of the psaltery

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Bowed Psaltery
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Product Overview

The bowed psaltery is a 20th century re-imagining of the psaltery, a plucked zither dating as far back as ancient times.

The instrument produces a high, almost glassy tone similar to other fretless zithers, and does an excellent job of standing out in any mix.

With a sound reminiscent of its medieval roots, it's a sure match for any fantasy or historical track.




We have painstakingly chromatically sampled the entire range of a two-octave example with 14 total articulations ranging from the original bowed to plucked, picked, and even struck with a hammered dulcimer mallet, all with up to 8 round robins.

  • 2 NKI for FULL Kontakt 5.6.8+
  • 912 unique samples in full 48kHz/24-bit quality.
  • Full chromatic sampling of two octave range; 'extended' range patch available as well.
  • 14 articulations, including three lengths of bowings, tremolo, picked, plucked, and hammered.
  • Two mixable mic positions.
  • 4-8 RR on shorts, 2-4 RR on longs.
  • 25 aleatoric effects.
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  • Spiccato/Short Bow/Long Combo
  • Long
  • Crescendo
  • Short
  • Spiccato
  • Tremolo
  • Bounce/Ricochet


  • Sustained
  • Stopped


  • Open
  • Muted

Mallet (Hammered Dulcimer)

  • Hit
  • Flam


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