A Lithophone ( litho = stone, phone= voice ) dating from 1840,The Skiddaw Stones are composed of 61 tuned and shaped rocks, made from the rare hornfels stone, found in Cumbria, England. Created by Joseph Richardson, a stonemason and musician, it took almost thirteen years to collect and shape enough individual notes of hornfels to make an eight-octave range. The massive task of assembling this instrument consumed Joseph so absolutely that he and his family were reduced to poverty. Once complete, Richardson and his sons toured Europe as The Rock, Bell and Steel Band, and even performed at Buckingham Palace, by command of Queen Victoria. The Stones are a permanent exhibit at the Keswick Museum and Art gallery, who very kindly agreed to let us record this rare instrument. The Stones were painstakingly transported to Music Farm Studios, Cumbria, where two different sets of mallets were used to laboriously capture large sets of velocity hits, then an extra articulation was recorded – the sound of the head of the wooden mallet being scraped across the stone surface – a surprisingly haunting and resonant sound.
Kontakt library specs:
2.5 GB Library – 24 bit 44.1khz stereo (4,920 samples)
12 Velocity layers, 5 round robin layers
3 articulations : Wooden Mallets, Rubber Mallets and Scraped stone.
Full KSP front panel control with assignable MIDI
KSP Jammer generative appreciator module
Compatible with Kontakt 2, 3, 4 – Full version of Kontakt required.
2GB Ram recommended
30 new Sound Design Instruments in a subfolder
Large IR collection of Convolution presets
Improved interface and effects section
There are no changes to the EXS24 version, this update is for Kontakt only.
1. Replace your Kontakt 3 folder with the “Kontakt” folder included in this package. (This update works for Kontakt 3 and later.)
2. Move the “IR Samples” and “Wallpaper” folders to your existing Skiddaw Stones “Samples” folder, overwriting the old IR Samples and Wallpaper folders that were there before.
3. Replace your old user guide with the new one included in this package.