Handmade Sounds proudly presents a Greek bouzouki sample library for Kontakt. This library captures the unique sound of the bouzouki and simulates a realistic playing technique.
The library is comprised of 1547 24-bit samples and a single Kontakt instrument patch. Note-on and release samples were recorded chromatically—that is, every fret of every course, sampled at soft, medium and hard velocities, down and up strokes, hammer-on, pull-off, slide and tremolo articulations. There are also multiple takes for customary major, minor and diminished chords and multiple noise samples including body resonance, fret and pick noises.
Extensive scripting has gone into the patch. This script simulates real playing by processing the velocity, speed and legato of the played notes and applying a number of rules that affect the final sound, e.g. appropriately positioning the notes on the correct fret and course, muting strings where needed, modifying the pitch and the attack of the samples, and much more. Additionally there are 12 keyswitches that allow full manual control of course/fret positioning and articulation. Note that this library requires Kontakt v4.1.1 or higher.
Bouzouki 8-string Acoustic is the most realistic virtual bouzouki ever made!
UPDATE (May 24th, 2012): As of today, the library is exclusive part of the Impact Soundworks catalog. It is now titled “Plectra Series 1: 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki” and the new release includes a new set of stereo samples.
User Demo #1 - Pop/Rock, by Andi Lang