The bizarre sitar may not seem so strange at first glance. It has most of the elements found on any other sitar, with its traditional gourd body, both main playable strings and sympathetic resonating strings, parda (adjustable curved frets), kunti (tuning pegs), dandi (neck), ghoraj (main bridge) all complete with orante hand-painted accents. At just over 24″ in length, however, this little beauty is barely half the size of a standard sitar. Simply ng small isnt bizarre by any means, but what is bizarre is how it can achieve such a lush, full-bodied sound while ng so small. Intended as more decoration than instrument, we feel this little guy has been highly underestimated. Although soft-spoken and possesssing fewer strings than normal (5 main and 6 sympathetic), all this baby sitar needed was someone to listen closely. And we did. Very close.
At the heart of our Bizarre Sitar library are the strumming patches. Two main strumming tunings are included, a fifth and and octave/unison. An onboard Speed knob (MIDI assignable and defaulted to the modwheel) allows you to sculpt the speed of the individual strum from very tight, fast strums to slower, plucky strums. The strums are tuned and spread across the entire keyboard, providing deep, droning sounds in the low end and sharp, madloin-like plucks in the high end. In addition, weve also included individual string plucks for lead lines and accents. Special combo patches give you both plucks in the high end and strums in the low-end for easy playability. Also included are a number of effects (fret scrapes, mutes, etc.), staccato bowing, tremolo bowing and sustained bowing. As usual, there are several ambience drones comprised entirely of source material from the bizarre sitar library. Combined with our custon front panel controls and included tone / effects controls with custom reverb convolutions the Bizarre Sitar library is extremely flexible and versatile.
For version 2.0, weve improved key-mapping and overall playability, added a full set of brand new automatable performance, effect and arpeggiator controls, fixed a few minor bugs and refined the overall experience.
* Version 1 of this library was originally published as Bizarre Sitar by Tonehammer.
The main focus of this library is the strumming. The unison articulation was tuned with strings in unison and in several octaves to give a very full sounding strum. The fifth articulation was tuned with strings in unison and in fifths, similar to the Pancham-Kharaj tuning popularized by Ravi Shankar. By recording several different strumming speeds for both the fifth and the unison strumming articulations, this library allows you to create realistic sounding strums by adjusting the speed in real-time.
The pluck articulation is included for lead lines and accents. The first string on the sitar was recorded in several different tunings with multiple velocity layers. The natural tendency of this instrument is for the pitch to be slightly sharp on the initial attack and bend down gently over time. The effect is increased in the higher velocity layers.
Though not traditionally bowed, we decided to include several bonus patches of bowed sitar: sustain, staccato, and tremolo. The tremolo patch features an intensity knob to adjust through three different intensity layers and a Speed knob to adjust the playback speed of the tremolo samples. This allows you to more closely match a specific tempo or crank it up and go crazy.
The included Convolution Reverb effect features 74 select custom impulse responses recorded from some of our favorite locations. Among those are also fx impulses which are more special effect than reverb.
Deep Sampled Articulations
4 Main Articulations:
- Bowed (staccato, tremolo and sustains)
- Plucked (10x rr, 5-6 velocities)
- Strummed (10x rr, 4-8 velocities)
- FX (includes mutes, scrapes and other special effects)
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or later (Kontakt 4 is also supported). Weve included 25 Kontakt 3.5/4-compatible nki programs, featuring automatable attack, release, offset, swell, tuning, key-switching, EQ, convolution, and a full range of other effects controls. There are 3 main strummed patches, 1 plucked patch, 3 combo plucked/strummed patches, and 3 bowed patches including sustaining, staccato and tremolo.
Several presets also include our Uberpeggiator system, which allows both simple and complex free-form and rule-based arpeggiations and sequences.
All plucked, strummed, bowed and ambience patches are tuned and spread across the entire keyboard range in Kontakt.
The FX section provides 7 preset patches with specially dialed in effects to demonstrate the power of our custom controls, convolution reverb impulses and pre-loaded effects. Also included are fret scrapes, strum mutes and other effects.
Included is a set of ambient drone patches created from bizarre sitar source material. There are four master patches with a Pro-53 filter engaged and assigned to the modwheel. A cross-fade patch is included to blend between the first three ambiences (cross-fade assigned to the modwheel by default).
- 597 Samples (standard pcm wav)
- 25 .nki files (unlocked format)
- 1.69 GB installed (864 MB Download)
- 24 bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM wav format
- Format(s): Kontakt 3.5 .nki and pcm .wav
Includes a free bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambiences, drones and special FX presets, as well as our favorite custom convolution reverb impulses and an advanced Kontakt user interface with full automation support.
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