The Bizarre Sitar may not seem so strange at first glance. It has most of the elements found on any other sitar, with it's 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 being small isn't bizarre by any means, but what is bizarre is how it can achieve such a lush, full-bodied sound while being so small. Intended as more decoration than instrument, Soundiron thought this little guy has been highly underestimated. Although soft-spoken and possessing fewer strings than normal (5 main and 6 sympathetic), all this "baby" sitar needed was someone to listen closely. And Soundiron did. Very close.
The core are the strumming patches, including two main tunings (fifth and octave / unison)
"Speed" knob (MIDI assignable, at modwheel by default), to sculpt the speed of strums
Unison articulation: strings tuned in unison and in several octaves to give a very full sound
Fifth articulation: strings tuned in unison and in fifths, similar to the Pancham-Kharaj tuning
Both articulations were recorded in different strumming speeds
Tuned and spread accross the entire keyboard; providing deep, droning sounds in the low end and sharp, mandolin-like plucks in the high end
An additional FX section provides 7 preset patches with specially dialed in effects to demonstrate the power of the custom controls, convolution reverb impulses and pre-loaded effects.
Also included are fret scrapes, strum mutes and other effects, plus 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. Several presets also include Soundiron's Uberpeggiator system, which allows both simple and complex free-form and rule-based arpeggios and step sequences.
Bowed (staccato, tremolo and sustains)
Plucked (10x RR, 5-6 velocities)
Strummed (10x RR, 4-8 velocities)
FX (includes mutes, scrapes and other effects)
Using this library requires a full version of Native Instruments' "Kontakt"!
Please notice: This library can not be played with the free "Kontakt Player"! To use this "Open Kontakt" format, you need a full version of "Kontakt", which is included in products such as Komplete or Komplete Ultimate.
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1GB free disk space
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