This instrument is compiled entirely from re-tuned “bourdon” strings (drones) of a Polish Hurdy-gurdy. The original recorded Lira is normally tuned in C/G however, for this Kontakt library, each of its drones has been retuned and recorded in 24bit depth for more authentic sound. All sounds in this third instalment of “Lira Korbowa – Authentic Polish Hurdy-gurdy” library are organically extracted from the instrument built by Stanislaw Wyzykowski – one of the pioneers of hurdy-gurdy revival. No preservatives or frozen imports here!
All content in the series is captured by the set of three microphones:
* condenser – positioned above the instrument and essential to catch all those wandering overtones,
* piezo-ceramic – sitting tightly near the bridge and ensuring that this ancient wood is not vibrating in vain!
* silver bullet – roaming where necessary to get the most unique experience: from depths of the body to the hinges of tangent box!
The keyboard is divided into three zones: Left: processed double “D” stretched across one octave for extra low drone Middle: drones including chromatic notes Right: natural harmonics relayed into a playable chromatic keyboard
Velocity layers controls the friction: from slow wheel turning when a string is barely making a sound to high speeds when string is almost losing its grip on the wheel! Harmonics have its natural sound divided into two velocity layers: low – for natural sounds; top – for vibrato (yes! harmonics + vibrato :) ) Also, don’t be surprised if some TOP velocities will ‘stall’ the string! That what’s happening if wheel is turned too fast – a harmonic chaos I couldn’t help to capture :) This and more sonic surprises inside – just like with a real hurdy-gurdy.
* 4 round robins – for more organic hurdy-vibe!
* including all hurdy-gurdy grittiness! knocks, squeaks, imperfections
* on average, 16 samples per drone notes, 8 samples per harmonic note
* one single patch that cover it all
* authentic sound without over-stretching the original recordings