Impact Soundworks has announced availability of VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS -- the fifth release in its VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series of deeply-sampled solo ethnic woodwinds virtual instruments. They tell us that its the most deeply- sampled selection of (Costa Rican Pendant, Triple, and Chinese Xun) ocarinas yet seen and heard in KONTAKT. Here's their press release with the full details in their own words...
A typical dictionary definition of an ocarina is a small egg-shaped ceramic -- especially terracotta -- or metal wind instrument with holes for the fingers. While the word itself journeyed from Italy in the late 19th Century -- from oca (goose) due to its waterbird-like shape, Costa Rican Pendant Ocarinas originate from the time of the Incas and were used as instruments for festivals, rituals, and ceremonies; they usually have eight or nine holes and are often shaped like animals -- as evidenced by the toad-like one deeply sampled by Impact Soundworks for VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS. Continuing to travel -- truly in keeping with the VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series' design concept of transporting adventurous users on an exotic musical journey around the globe, capturing the tones of pleasingly performed solo instruments outside of the Western repertoire, the Triple Ocarina is a multi-chambered ocarina with a broad range of around two octaves plus a fifth, while the Chinese Xun is an ancient egg-shaped aerophone that dates back 7,000 years and was used primarily in the performance of palace music.
In the process of capturing those endearingly exotic instruments, Impact Soundworks explored the full range of playing techniques -- tapping into the talents of New York-based composer, arranger, and saxophonist woodwind player par excellence Josh Plotner -- to enable VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS users to make musical KONTAKT in many more ways than one... from expressive sustains, vibrato, flutters, and accents, to staccato notes and bends, pitched release articulations, and special extended techniques. The instruments involved feature either 11 or 13 articulations paired with a combined total of over 900 phrases, performed in a variety of unique and inspiring styles and lengths. These can be used within the KONTAKT instrument itself, or loaded as WAVs (Waveform Audio files) in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for further slicing, editing, and arrangement.
As is the case with its VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series siblings, each VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS instrument shares several key features, together with a common user interface, so that transitioning from working with, say, VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - PAN FLUTES first before moving on to VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS keeps creativity flowing... which is exactly as it should be.
Better still, VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS boasts Impact Soundworks' original Ornaments System, designed to automagically create decorative techniques in realtime without manually sequencing key switches or CC (Control Change) data. When enabled using the onscreen ORNAMENTS knob, they can be played back at random, ignoring normal articulation mapping, triggered separately from the Articulations tab. That being said, an articulation can be used as an ornament, and not triggered elsewhere, or vice versa.
Versatility and additional ease of use comes courtesy of Impact Soundworks' proprietary TACT (Total Articulation Control Technology) to unify and simplify the process of creating personal mapping setups for each and every instrument. Indeed, inclusion of some serious phrase playback editing scripting alongside two mic positions and a whole host of controls to tweak things further still, such as Impact Soundworks' simple-to-use FX rack -- replete with an analogue-modelled parametric EQ, COMPRESSOR, DELAY, and convolution REVERB -- reassure that VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS is a surefire source of infinite inspiration... just like its VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series siblings that flew (off the sampling shelves) before it!
Note that VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS requires the full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT (5.5.2 or higher).
Pricing and Availability:
VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS can be purchased and digitally downloaded (as a 7GB library totalling 5,500-plus 24-bit samples) directly from Impact Soundworks for $99.00 USD (Different discounts are available to owners of other VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS libraries, depending on how many libraries are already owned.)
The first five VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS releases are available as a combined bundle for $349.00 USD -- representing a 30% saving over purchasing each library individually -- directly from Impact Soundworks here.