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Embertone kicks off new Whiskey Series with Mountain Dulcimer software

Release Date

Out Now

Product Type

Virtual Instrument

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Embertone

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http://www.embertone.com/instruments/mountaindulcimer.ph

Laura  Barnes
Embertone kicks off new Whiskey Series with Mountain Dulcimer software

The software gives users the ability to apply an authentic Appalachian sound to their music.

This intuitive and versatile virtual instrument has over 8,900 recorded samples.

Embertone has unveiled Mountain Dulcimer – the first sample-based virtual instrument release in its Whiskey Series, which samples musical instruments indigenous to the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America.

Kicking off the company’s Whiskey Series, the new software samples the very versatile and unique-sounding strummed zither, which takes many names including the Kentucky dulcimer, plucked dulcimer, fretted dulcimer, lap dulcimer, teardrop dulcimer, box dulcimer, and mountain zither.

Sampling the heck out of a handmade mountain dulcimer, Embertone has produced an intuitive and versatile compositional tool.

The software gives users the ability to apply an authentic Appalachian sound to their music. Users can treat the virtual instrument in the traditional sense – as a strummed zither-cum-stunning-sounding acoustic instrument – or play chord changes, notes and patterns that clearly could not be performed on a live instrument.

The advanced Strummer/Arp Mode makes strumming a breeze by offering up a veritable mountain of innovative and inspirational pre-programmed presets — played chords will even be automatically strummed.

Natural Mode is ideal for drone playing with the left hand controlling up/down strumming while the right hand triggers the drone and melody note.

Smart Mode allows this intelligent instrument to cleverly choose strings for the user. Ultimately, this time the left hand controls strumming while the right hand dictates the chord played. Moreover, more advanced features – such as strum speed control, legato control, and an intuitive new Keyswitch/CC assignment system – succeed in balancing power with ease of use.

Users can access over 8,900 recorded samples served up in Native Instruments’ NCW (Native Compressed Wave) format as a 3.2GB installation at 44.1 kHz/24-bit stereo sample resolution from within the required full version of Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT (version 5.4.3 or later).

Mountain Dulcimer is available now from Embertones. For more information visit embertone.com/instruments/mountaindulcimer.ph

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