Soundiron Kalimba 2


Often called a thumb piano, the Kalimba is a modernised version of the ancient African Mbira. It has a humble, melodious percussive plucking sound with a marimba-like warmth and tonal body. It is often used in conjunction with pianos and other tuned percussion instruments to add a sharper attack and playfulness to the sound.

The instruments used by Soundiron for the recordings of this library were made of wood and coconut shell, with hammered steel tines suspended over their sound holes. The notes span about an octave and a half for the smaller of the two instruments and over two octaves for the larger kalimba.

Soundiron recorded them in 3 different environments: Up close in a dry recording studio; at medium distance in a small bright chamber; and in a large, long linear hall, at close (1 meter) and far (15 meters) microphone distances. We call it "The Bunker", because that’s exactly what it really is – a deep underground World War 1-era artillery bunker.

The Soundiron Kalimba now features 62 unique soundscapes, pads, atmospheres and drones to the library, each crafted by manipulating the source recordings. These ambiences make ideal accompaniment to the acoustic portion of the Kalimba library, due to the naturally sonic properties shared between them. All of it is wrapped up in a customisable performance control system, with lots of sound-shaping tools, arpeggiation sequencing and flexible DSP effects, such as convolution, EQ, resonant filter, chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, amp and speaker simulation, distortion and compression.

Note: Version 1.0 of this library was originally released by Tonehammer Inc in 2009. The new version 2.0 now adds 62 new custom ambiences and atmospheric pads, a full graphical user interface with multi-layer sound blending and selection, a full range of performance shaping, mapping and tuning options and a comprehensive DSP multi-effects rack with dozens of custom convolution reverb impulses.

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