The Kim is a type of dulcimer or zither from Thailand, and is related to the Chinese yangqin. Sometimes spelled khim, the instrument consists of a flat soundbox with 42 wire strings stretched across in 14 sets of 3. The courses are struck with two thin bamboo mallets with soft leather tips. The Kim is not a very loud instrument, and is typically played with a lot of tremolo. As there is no damping mechanism, the strings ring to their natural decay, and this gives an eerie resonance to the background of a Kim performance. The Kim is used in both solo and ensemble situations. The Kim was sampled at 24 bit /44.1 and contains 137 seperate unlooped samples. Each note was sampled individually with up to 5 velocity layers, twice, to give an extremely natural, expressive response. This extremely unusual instrument can add an atmospheric edge to all kinds of production, from film scoring to ambient soundscaping to folk.
KSP Tremolo Control Processor
The KIM Kontakt 2 instrument comes with a dedicated KSP script that enables the signature tremolo sound of the Kim when key C1 is held down. The mod wheel controls the velocity and random nature of the tremolo. This feature is not available on the EXS24 version.