Bulbul Tarang II - Kontakt
Bulbul Tarang II
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Michael Bietenholz


Bulbul Tarang II

Kontakt Instrument

Product Overview

Waves of Nightingales, my man! That is the literal meaning of Bulbul Tarang, which is the name of this Kontakt instrument. Also known as the Indian Banjo, it is a common folk instrument from India.

The Bulbul Tarang has a two sets of strings, one for melody and one for drones. The melody strings are all tuned in unison and are fretted by keys, and played with a plectrum. This deep sampleset has multiple-velocity samples with round-robin alternates, along with note-off samples, and separate samples for the drone strings. All samples decay naturally - no looping.

Custom Kontakt scripting reproduces the monophonic response of the real instrument where lifting a key can cause the note to continue to ring at the root note produced by the open strings, with a selectable root-note.

A fully polyphonic mode is also selectable. There is also a built-in amp-simulator, with separately selectable distortion and cabinet response, as well as a built-in reverb.

Compatible with Kontakt 5.6.6 or higher - FULL version only please - Not for Kontakt Player


Play Mode: Polyphonic / Root: menu

In "Polyphonic mode" the bulbul is fully polyphonic

In "Root" mode, it plays monophonically, with the root key as selected - the root key being the note from the open strings. You cannot play notes *below* the selected root key. If any note (other than the root) is released while the root key is held down, then released notes will produce a hanging "tail" at the pitch of the root key. This mimics the behaviour of the real instrument, where the strings are not damped, so releasing a note can cause the open strings to continue to vibrate. To see the effect, select "Root A1", hold down the A1 key and play a staccato melody on the notes above A1. If one of the "Root" modes are selected above, the two "HangingNote" controls become active: The "HangingNote Vol." knob controls the overall volume of the hanging root-note tails

The "HangingNote Rand." knob controls the amount of volume randomization of the hanging root-note tails.

Drone menu: selects which key the drone strings are tuned to. The drone samples come after a key is pressed, mimicking the response of the drone strings on a real bulbul tarang. NoteOff: activating this button turns on the note-off samples, which are triggered when a note is released

Distortion: turns on a tube-like distortion effect

Cabinet: turns on a cabinet-simulator (Tweed-Alnico 4x10 cabinet)


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