Like A Balalaika

Precisionsound release Russian Balalaika for Kontakt, HALion, EXS24 & SoundFont      21/05/10

Like A Balalaika


Precisionsound have released Russian Balalaika. Here's what they have to say about it...
Precisionsound Russian Balalaika SampleSet is a very detailed sampled Balalaika for NI Kontakt, EXS24, HALion and SoundFont. The recording was made in the "Usachevsky" studio at the University of Utah, and the instrument was played by Igor Iachimciuc and edited by Lars Westin, KSP script programming was made by Iain Morland.
The Russian 3 stringed (2 E strings and 1 A string) Balalaika SampleSet contains 1 250 24bit mono WAV files and has been recorded in many articulations separately for both the E and A string. Articulations available for all formats are:
  • Up
  • Down
  • Thumb
  • Flam
  • Mute
  • Unison EA
  • Unison EE
  • Tremolo (3 variations but same speed)
  • Harmonics
  • FX1
  • FX2
  • Fretnoises
The SampleSet contains of 2 types of programs; "Solo" and "Group" (NI Kontakt, EXS24 & HALion versions only). The "Solo" programs are one single Balalaika and the "Group" programs are a mix of 3 different notes and articulations played at the same time to build a unison feel of 3 (6 in NI Kontakt 3 and 4 if the String mix is set to 50% using the KSP script programs) unique Balalaika players. Speed control of the tremolos is only available in the NI Kontakt 3 & 4 programs.
Pricing and Availability:
Russian Balalaika costs $69 (+$11 if you want it on DVD) and all formats are included. More information:

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