Ailsa-Kalimba

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Paul Vincent ( Website )

As a classically trained musician and technologist, I have somewhat mixed feelings about sampling. That being said, I agree that it certainly opens up creative opportunities for those who may not have any formal musical instrument training and from my own point of view, it allows me to perform on instruments that I certainly would not be able to play without a great deal of time back in the practice room.

To that end, I have taken baby steps into the world of sampling and thanks to Christian and the many people supporting this forum, I have decided to share my first efforts. I have created three virtual instruments, the second of which is a kalimba.


Kalimbas come in many forms, but for my Christmas a couple of years ago, my daughter bought my a pretty high end specimen: a HOKEMA Sansula Deluxe. I grew up in Scotland, but now live in the USA. My daughter is named after an island off the west coast of Scotland, hence the name of the instrument: The Ailsa-Kalimba.

The kalimba, according to wikipedia, is also known as an Mbira which is an African instrument originating from Zimbabwe. Although the Ailsa-Kalimba is sampled from a highly engineered German instrument, the original tends to be somewhat more rustic and enjoyable detuned.

Being as fairly simple instrument to perform on, there is one other reason for my attachment to the kalimba: the instrument is traditionally associated with the Shona People and Shona happens to be the name of my lifelong partner, friend and wife, which also happens to be a traditional Scottish name.

I hope you enjoy the Ailsa-Kalimba, I would certainly appreciate feedback into my ‘baby steps’