This is some samples I made of an antique Zither I purchased back in 2010 from an antique store in Greenwich Village. It was damaged when I got it and I assume well loved by whoever the original owner was. Because of this, I recorded it as is. The intention is to give it some character, allow the cracks to shine through.
It is currently in a beta version (v0.1). Some known issuse:
* The knob that controls reverb is not currently working. The reverb itself is working but the GUI has a bug.
* Velocity layers are not behaving correctly.
Reviews for Antique Zither v0.1
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It's pretty good for a beta!
Although this is indicated as a beta version, I find it to be very pleasant.
The samples sound pristine, and there is quite a character to it. I'd suggest making the round-robins randomized just for the sake of not sounding too obvious when playing the same note more than three times. There are some extra articulations as well, the "destroyed", Knocks&FX, Glissandos and a "Drunken Mbira" that is a whole new instrument that I find having a noisy release.
The rest feel very nice and well done honestly, though as mention in the description, the reverb is not functional yet. I'll be waiting for the full release!
Definitely good for a beta
Although this sound is pretty good and playable, i much prefer the Leftist Zither released recently. Compared to this one, the tone is much more sharp and clear, the instrument is dynamic and is more playable and theres more interesting character noises and artifacts. The Tone of this one feels slightly muffled and washy compared to that one. The sample maker noted that this is a beta and its definitely a great start. I would be interested to see where this goes from here.
Interesting samples, playability issues
These samples are very unique and fun, but there are some playability issues. Not the least of which is the plucked articulation being mapped to the wrong notes so that the whole instrument is transposed up a major second. The upper range of the pluck destroyed sound of off by a tritone. That makes for an interesting combination when layering this sound with another and then playing a unison line. So, this appears to be a beat version of this library. I hope that it can be revised and improved and can come to fruition. There's seeds of greatness here. They just need to be planted and nurtured to grow into something cool and amazing.