This concert Cimbalom was made in Republic of Moldova in 1990. The range of the instrument is: B1 – F#6 – (American designation) but has been mapped as B0 – F#5 to smoother support 5 octave keyboards mostly used by DAW based musicians.
There was three pair of mallets used at the recording:
Soft mallets – made in Hungary.
Middle/Medium mallets – made in Moldova.
Hard mallets – made in Romania.
The recording was made in the “Usachevsky” studio at the University of Utah, and the instrument was played by Igor Iachimciuc, who is known as one of the best Cimbalom players/composers in Moldova.
All notes in the instruments whole range have been recorded in 3 velocity layers for all the 3 mallet types in both sustained and damped versions. Above that we also recorded Harmonics (sustained) and the Moldova Cimbalom played with nails (Pizzicato), both sustained and damped and to round it of; a huge selection of clusters and effects has been recorded.Igor Iachimciuc
Two microphones for stereo representation have been utilized (AKG 414) and the recording was made on a Pro Tools system.
All samples were recorded at 24 bits, and 44.1 Sample Rate.
The SampleSet contains 1 208 24bit stereo WAV samples mapped in 21 programs for Steinberg HALion, NI Kontakt, EXS24 & Gigastudio 3 each.
All programs titled with “Full” in their names has both the sustain and damped staccato samples in the same program, you switch between these by pressing the sustain pedal to get the damped sound opposite to a piano who gives sustained sound when pressing the pedal.