Hg2O is a set of samples of a metallic atonal acoustic musical instrument consisting of a stainless steel resonator bowl or pan with a cylindrical neck and bronze rods of different lengths and diameters around the rim of the bowl. The resonator may contain a small amount of water giving the instrument a vibrant ethereal sound that has appeared in countless movie soundtracks, record albums, and live performances.
Articulations will include:
C0 to B0 – bowed rods 1 to 7 (4 RR and two bow positions, high and low)
– bow position controlled by velocity with split at 64
– MW controls water level – empty at 0, half at 64, full at 127
C1 to C2 – plucked rods 1 to 7 and ‘under’ (4 RR and MW control of water)
C3 to A3 – hand sweeps
C4 to A4 – brushes sweeps
C5 to A5 – fast bow sweeps
C6 to B6 – bowed sweeps
MW can either switch samples or xfade them for water control, Three ‘tuned’ keyboard tines plucked and bowed, and one ‘gamelan’ style untuned, and then the MERCURY SYNTH (various sound design patches with full Albion III controls). Presented for the Kontakt platform (full version required) at 48k 24 bit with 8 different mic positions!!