Soniccouture – Array Mbira (KONTAKT)


Publisher: SonicCouture
Site: soniccouture.com/en/products/g22-array-mbira
Format: NKI.NKX
Quality: 24bit 44.1khz
Release group: DYNAMiCS


Kalimba musical instrument. African reed plucked self-sounding instrument, comb-shaped idiophone. On the resonator body (it can be of different shapes) there is a row or several rows of wooden, bamboo or metal plate-tongues that serve as a sound source. The simplest samples have a flat one, while the more complex ones have a cavity resonator made of a tortoise shell, dugout wood, hollow pumpkin, etc., tongues are attached to the resonator board (4-30). The high nut limits the sounding part of the reeds. When playing (standing, on the move, sitting), the kalimba is clamped with the palms of the hands bent at right angles and tightly pressed to the sides, or held on the knees, with the thumbs and forefingers of both hands pinched and released the free (upper) ends of the tongues, bringing them to a state vibration. Kalimbs come in a variety of sizes; body length 100-350 mm, tongues length 30-100 mm, their width 3-5 mm. The sound scale of the kalimba depends on the number of reeds.
Kalimba is the oldest and most widespread instrument in Africa (especially in Central and South, in some of the Antilles). Its wide popularity is evidenced by the abundance of names that designate kalimba among various tribes: Tsantsa, Sanza, Mbira, Mbila, Ndimba, Luembu, Lala, Malimba, Ndandi, Izhari, Mganga, Lyembe, Selimba, etc., of which the “official” in us is “tsantsa”, in the West – “kalimba”. Kalimba is used in traditional rites and by professional musicians. It is called the “African hand piano”; it is quite a virtuoso instrument designed to perform melodic patterns, but it is quite suitable for playing chords. Mostly used as an accompanying instrument. Large kalimbs give a unique low rumble to the lively bass rhythms of African music, small ones emit a completely ghostly, fragile sound, similar to a music box.
During the European colonization of America, the kalimba was brought by black slaves to Cuba, where it still exists. Its wonderful sounds can be heard, for example, in the music of the group Earth, Wind & Fire. 9GB library (4GB thanks to Kontakt compression technology). Range of five octaves (C1 – B5). Eight layers (velocity) per sample. Forty patch presets, including natural articulations and sound design.


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