ACOUSTIC UNICORN SERIES – SKIMMER STRING

A Santoor hammered dulcimer tremolo with added Convolution Reverb...

The story

The last shared but first created ”Skimmer” instrument is a Santoor or a hammered dulcimer.
Oddly enough bought from a nearby beauty saloon, don’t ask.
The articulation is tremolo and each note was recorded for roughly 1min 45 seconds.
If you play really short notes and up the release volume you’ll get at more of a classic dulcimer sound.

Recorded with a DPA4011 condenser and a Reslo Beeb ribbon mic.
The recorded range is shown in green,
Modwheel controls the overall volume.

Click the unicorn for a custom Convolution Reverb, great for those low volume tremolos.

A quick walkthrough/demo:
https://youtu.be/fp2a2gVl-2E
This virtual instrument was specifically made for the Swedish TV-show “Festen”.
https://www.svtplay.se/festen

Reviews

Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Shining, shimmering, splendid!

    This library clearly takes inspiration from Spitfire's SWARM series, and that's no bad thing. Here, Anders creates a bright lush sound from a Santur played tremolo. There's a great GUI with a selection of controls. I think it would be nice to have a consistent tremolo speed across the keyboard range as opposed to having the low register play slower and the upper register fast. That way users would get the best out of this library in how it would typically be used. However, I've found the limitation can actually be quite inspiring musically. Great job!

    R.Treves19 October 2021
  • Sounds like a glass instrument or bells

    I love this sound! Such a cute, warm string sound. GUI is very cute too!

    Asuka Amane17 October 2021
  • Tremolo feels

    In my opinion, the weakest instrument of the Unicorn series, but that weakest doesn't mean weak at all. This instrument has A LOT of character, with an awesome sound that can only compliment your creations. It is very limited though, in terms of settings, playability, effects and range. You can only perfom those mult-hammered notes, which are definitely nice, but it would have been cool to have the extra option of single notes, this would probably be a much bigger project. If you click the unicorn you get one extra setting of a custom impulse response, but again - why do I have to click the unicorn to even see this setting? The GUI could use some work, but it is definitely above averag and it gets the job done.

    Alex Raptakis12 October 2021