Lira Korbowa I - Starter - Authentic Polish Hurdy-gurdy
A micro library "Lira Korbowa - Pack I" for Kontakt - custom-built Polish hurdy-gurdy - in its first reiteration features 1.5 octave of melodic strings sampled together with C/F drones in Lydian mode, as well as its original C drone with melodic strings sampled separately for more melodic flexibility.
This is an authentic recording of my instrument - sampled with very little post-processing for higher authenticity and to preserve its genuine overtones. "Lira Korbowa - Pack One" is the first instalment of hurdy-gurdy collection I am planning to release gradually: starting from simple, playable patches - delivering the authentic sonic enjoyment of this unique instrument - to more complex extended techniques and unique playing styles. It is said that "there are no two hurdy-gurdies with identical sound" - I want to make this a tagline for this collection...
Having in mind that on an actual hurdy-gurdy, we will hear 'open melodic string' in the keyboard's 'resting' state, I have placed "open-G" just 5th apart from the drone so your left pinky can hold the drone and your thumb press 'Open G' whenever 'all melodic notes are released' - this is a very practical approach to tackling the HG technique :)
I recorded key-attack noise and all the hurdy-gurdy noises without 'synthesizing it' - these key 'clicks' you hear are the real thing! Thank you all for your support.
Developed in Kontakt 5.4.2 so you'll need this version or above to use this library.
Library will only load in 'demo' mode in the free Kontakt Player.
* Requires full version of Kontakt
Piotr (Peter) Nowotnik
short "lydian" demo:
short "chromatic" demo:
few clips of the original instrument: