A World of Sounds in AKAI Format!Having instruments from all over the world available in one place is strong for use in many different styles of music. Sonic Reality's World Traveler contains mostly playable multisampled instruments as opposed to riffs and phrases. This offers up a tremendous amount of flexibility to make your music with the ethnic flavor of a diverse group of stringed, wind and percussion instruments.
Sonic Reality World Traveler Sample Collection at a Glance:
- African, Indian, and Latin Percussion
- Essential Reed Keyboards
- Tremolo Instruments and Antique Zithers
- Remarkable Selection of Strings, Winds, and Percussion
Remarkable Selection of Strings, Winds, and Percussion
The World Traveler collection features a incredible selection of stringed, wind and percussion instruments. The Spanish Nylon is an absolute blast to play "Flamenco Style" runs on. Sonic Reality recorded a guitarist on an expensive custom nylon guitar. The Bouzouki is another favorite that was recorded in LA by multi-instrumentalist Gene Siegel. The Greek Bouzouki is like a large baritone mandolin.
Tremolo Instruments and Antique Zithers
Some of the multi-struck tremolo instruments in World Traveler are quite fun to play such as the Ukulele, Mandolin and Hammered Dulcimers. If you get good at the programs that switch velocity layers between a straight tone and the tremolo you can convince most people into thinking it's the genuine deal. Also, adding in the elements of harmonics and/or drones with the Sitar+Tambura and several other programs can be quite enjoyable. The Zither is an antique made in the 1800's and is made of rosewood. The Finnish Kantele is another stunning instrument. The one sampled for this library was borrowed from guitarist, Lyle Workman. You'll love the a little out-of-tune velocity-switched pitch bends on the attacks.
Essential Reed Keyboards
The reed keyboards in World Traveler are an ethnic music staple and there is a nice cross section of them here in this library. You'll find an Italian Accordion, Squeeze Box, Indian Harmonium, Bandoneon and a full-sized Noble Harmonium to go with from. The flutes and recorders are another particular favorite. Associate producer, Klaus-Peter Rausch from Germany recorded some of the recorders and flutes. He is also responsible for sampling the completely cool Alp Horn from Switzerland. This is the giant-sized horn seen in those Swiss mountain-set cough drop commercials. You may notice that some instruments are familiar to you just by their sound even if you've never seen one in person. Try playing "Stairway to Heaven" on the GS Recorder for a smile. The Duduk is a double reed instrument from Armenia and you'll find its breathy part flute/part oboe quality makes it an expressive, bulletproof instrument. The Australian Didgeridoo is quite a trip. There are plenty of drone variations to go with from at long natural durations.
African, Indian, and Latin Percussion
The percussion section can be used to build up some serious rhythms. The two sections of African percussion can keep one busy playing for hours in a trance. Try just banging on multiple keys at once in a chosen rhythm and it can easily sound like an ensemble of tribal percussionists! Some of the instruments such as the Djembe and Shika are deep and expressive which will lend a nice dynamic to musical styles ranging from world music to rock to dance to soundtracks and more. The Indian percussion section offers up the definitive sounds of Tablas and Clay Pots. Combine that with a Sitar performance and you'll sound like you are in the heart of Bombay. The Latin percussion section is filled with standard percussion instruments used in many styles of music. Congas, Bongos, Shakers, Cow bell, Timbales, Guiro, Cuica, Triangle and more are mapped to the GM standard with multiple velocity layers to give you an simple to use yet expressive selection. Overdub some Mariachi Bass, Spanish Guitars, Spanish-style Trumpets and you can get most people to dance immediately!
Sonic Reality World Traveler Sample Collection Features:
- Rare playable multisampled instruments
- Instruments not available together on any other world instrument libraries
- Sounds from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Africa, East Asia, Australia, Native America, and Northern Europe
- Includes Greek Bouzouki, Turkish Saz, Indian Sitar and Tambura, Spanish Nylon Guitars, Russian Balalaika, Mariachi Bass, Finnish Kantele, Zither, Psaltry, Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammered Dulcimers, and more
- AKAI format works in GigaStudio and other hardware and soft samplers