Viola Da Gamba - Six-Stringed Baroque Instrument for Kontakt
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Viola Da Gamba

Version: Kontakt 5.8.1 / WAV / V1.1

Creatively Sampled Six-Stringed Baroque Instrument

£42.50

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Product Overview

The Viola da Gamba is a six-stringed baroque instrument. It's similar in size to the cello, but has slightly different shape, uses frets, and is tuned in 4ths.

It is strung with synthetic gut strings, which to give it a strident, husky sound.
 
The Gamba's earthy tones can provide a rustic alternative to the classical string sound.

This is one of only a handful of other baroque virtual instruments recorded.
 
Please note: The FULL version of Kontakt 5.8.1 is required. Will not work with Kontakt Player.
 
Changelog:
 
Viola Da Gamba V1.1
  • Improved performance
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Features:

The Viola da Gamba is split into 2 nki's. 
 
The first one is a collection of 12 articulations which features a variety of different length strokes, along with pizzicato, trills, ponticello, and tremolo.
All of the different articulations can be easily layered together within a single interface.
 
The second nki is a collection of small rhythmic figures which have been designed to fit together to create natural sounding ostinato patterns.
 
Each of the rhythmic figures can be accessed either by using keyswitches, or using unique interface which allows you to visually arrange the figures into a sequence.
 
Each rhythmic figure is recorded as a 4-bar loop, and musical emphasis is given to down beats and upbeats.
 
This gives a natural ebb and flow to any ostinato pattern created with the Gamba.
 
It's a three octave range from C36 (2 octaves below middle C) up to C72 (an octave above middle C) 
 
Please watch the overview video for full features and details.

 

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4.5 Stars (3)
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The best of the bunch so far

The speedy output of developer Ben Osterhouse seems to get better with each release, and this is my favourite so far. The tone strikes the perfect balance between individual character and accessible sound, so I'd be happy incorporating it as a featured instrument or amongst a group in many genres - in my case underscore for the screen and alt folk. Yes it doesn't have complex legato scripting or portamento, but at such an affordable price that's no surprise. Perhaps the only thing I miss is having a collection of recorded phrases to draw on, such as in 8dio's Bazantar & Superstring libraries. But all in all an absolute gem.

Matthew Davidson

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Nice sounds for the price

Some good sounds for the price. I do miss not having a legato patch, and that pretty much means this is much more suited to chords, drones or very minimal melodies. The lack of legato means it can't really act as a lead instrument in any composition. However; I do understand that would make it much more expensive. A nice touch is the rhythmic patch; having short played samples makes it sound much more natural than if you were to sequence the rhythm. There are quite a few rhythmic variations (within a 4/4 structure), and I think they have round robins too.

Adrian Lane

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Interesting sonic qualities

I well remember the thin sounds emitting from the Viola Da Gamba performer at our local Chamber Music Club. Not enticing, although I was a committed fan of Baroque music. However what Ben has created in this instrument is one with very enticing sonic qualities. I see much time coming up spent exploring these as elements of sound design. He's included some fantastic potentials.

Kay von Randow

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