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Kontakt Instrument by Cinematique Instruments

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Persian Metallic Strings

The Instrument

The santur is a hammered dulcimer with a trapezoid-shaped, wooden body. It is usually placed on the lap of the player who is sitting in a cross-legged position, striking the strings with a pair of wooden mallets or hammers.
It consists of 72 metallic strings which are grouped in sets of four and stretched over the wooden bridges placed on the soundboard. Each note of a group is tuned the same, so when striking them with the sticks, the resonance of the four strings creates a special sound character that is distinctive for the Santur.

The santur was originally invented in the middle east in particular Iran, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey. Each country customized and designed its own versions to adapt to its musical scales and tunings. Today you can say the santur has become the father of several metallic string instruments such as harpsichord, cimbalom and the American and European hammered dulcimers. 

The Content

In the history of our previous released string instruments, we have again set a great focus on creating an instrument with an organic and realistic feel. In order to concentrate on the main instrument articulations, we have recorded the Santur in a regular „plucking“ articulation with a pair of Schoeps. We have beaten the metallic strings with two different kinds of mallets in four times round robin and three velocity layers which is well suited for playing melodies but also offers many more uses. We have used a hard mallet that creates the typical bright, rather clear sound as well as a soft mallet that generates a more mellow, less aggressive timbre.

The overall sound can be altered by determining the length of the notes, adding distortion or adjusting the high as well as the low frequencies. The possibility to choose between six different kinds of reverb and three delay times provides a great amount of freedom in colouring the sounds how you like. The Santur provides us - from Hammered Dulcimer known - „Tremolo-Option“ which can be controlled in different ways. Generally, the tremolo option is capable of creating a very tragic and dramatic but also extremely natural tremolo sound, which fits perfectly in a lot of different music styles and genres. The tremolo options work in two different modes: You can control the tremolo tempo and dynamic by the mod wheel while holding the note or the notes where duplicated by releasing while you are playing. Both modi gives you the ability to exactly play your personal kind of tremolo.

Altogether, the Santur is an extraordinary instrument with quite a lot of possibilities that you can use to add a special character to your music.

The Package

One complex patch including two articulations and advanced scripting. Approx. data 0.9 GB data. For more details please read the reference manual.

System Requirements

  • The Kontakt 5 full version is required

Important Notes:

  • The FULL Version of Kontakt 5+ is required in order to use this instrument.
  • You will be stuck in DEMO MODE if trying to use this instrument in the FREE Kontakt Player.

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