"Lira Korbowa II - buzzDog" - [v1.0]
Tempo-synced loops, SFX and percussive sounds of hurdy-gurdy
All sounds in this second 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.
All content in the series is captured in 24-bit depth by the set of three microphones - from depths of the body to the hinges of tangent box!
"buzzDog" library is dedicated entirely to delivering the percussive aspect of hurdy-gurdy. This pack is comprised of two main elements:
1. buzzDog - The Loop
Host-synchronised loops of trompette - also called chien (fr. "dog") - a small wooden bridge, resting on the soundboard with merely a pressure of a string, without being permanently attached or glued.
A trompette string is usually tuned in unison with a melodic string but its pitch is constant. Here, the Loop also delivers something that can't be easily achieved on a single hurdy-gurdy: the trompette string, originally tuned in G, has been extended to include all twelve notes.
Loops are recorded in 80 and 120 BPM and variations of rhythmical patterns are spread across two to four velocity layers. All loops are using Time Machine Pro so they are easily syncing the tempo with your host. Loop patches are also divided into square (2, 4) triangular (3, 6) and pentagonal time signatures. Why not cranking up (pun intended) the tempo to 240 and play 2/4 over the 4/4? For all those bored with regular rhythms, I added my personal favorite: 5/8 beat. There is a 'preview' patch including all time signatures across the keyboard for those who like to bend, chop and break the pattern.
2. buzzDog - Percussion/SFX
No mirrors, no smoke - percussion sounds obtained from knocking, bending, stretching, turning, squeezing and bouncing bits and pieces of the instrument. Very unorthodox; and if you are a purist, you should stay away from this part ;) . All the sounds are very organic - delivering the very essence of structural frailty of a hurdy-gurdy -so many things could have go wrong during this recording! Luckily, all I lost was only one string... While most of those sounds will work as a very unique percussion kit, the SFX section in nothing like your grandma's hurdy-gurdy: samples folder contain files with whimsical names such as "angry donkey", "panting dog" or "techno bee" and so are the sounds: like a box of unearthly delights and noisy creatures.
Ever dreamed about your own Steampunk Hurdy-gurdy?
This is it. I wish you all a lot of fun with the "buzzDog"!
Developed in Kontakt 5.4.3 so you'll need this version or above to use this library. Library will only load in 'demo' mode in the free Kontakt Player.