Forgotten Kalimba

Forgotten Kalimba


My name: Martin Kotatko
Instrument name: Forgotten Kalimba

Friend of mine needed help with moving between apartments. Right in the middle of that, I noticed small old kalimba lying on the floor. He was just about to throw it into a garbage bin. The nerd in me saw a little Kontakt exercise in it so I asked him if I can have it. That poor thing went through a lot. Bought originally for a little girl, who probably abused it for hours in a very cute manner. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then it was forgotten, peacefully collecting dust in the corner for years.

I did straight little recording through Audiotechnica AT4040. Four velocity layers, no round robin. ..but with (rather pointless) release samples and some little percussive “knocks”! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve recorded it quite close to the mic, so the noise wasn’t much of a problem I think. (But might be wrong.) I could definitely use some help with tuning it. It has nasty body resonances that I have no idea how to work with. I really liked the snappy top end, though, so I scripted a little mode that cuts off the fundamental and replaces it with a sine-wave synth. ๐Ÿ™‚ Off by default, but activated in the demo track.

Also made a little 3D model for the interface. Just for fun. ๐Ÿ™‚


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A kalimba recorded through an Audiotechnica AT404.

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