Klimpa

A glockenspiel-like sampling of a form of kalimba

The story

The origin of Klimpa is a kalimba – a small musical instrument, rudimentary and archaic, that never fails to captivate me. From the few notes that can be played with it, I have designed an instrument that has a glockenspiel-like touch with a very long sustain and a quiet, subliminal pulsation within it. This makes it suitable both for light, percussive figures and for longer, fading pads.

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  • Needs Verb control

    I agree with everyone that this sound is really twinkly and beautiful but the fact that we cant turn off the reverb really limits its usability. For certain instances this frozen reverb sound could work perfectly but sometimes if you're playing alot of notes you dont want it to get too messy. Still this instrument is really unique and fun. It sounds especially awesome and twinkly if you use delay while strumming chords. This could be a really nice tool for adding ambience and interest to a piece

    septemberwalk08 November 2021
  • Krystal Klimpa

    I really enjoy the sparkle of this. It shines through and has a realy twinkly quality. With the reverb a single note just hangs around very pleasingly.

    NemoralisMusic05 November 2021
  • A very good ship....

    ...awash on an ocean of reverb. If this pack had a reverb control, I'd buy you lunch. Sounds absolutely lovely, but the reverb sort of paints me into a corner I'm using the DS version - perhaps the other versions allow some tweaking of the reverb?. I am very fond of my own reverbs. All that said, the demos really work. So the problem is me. Thanks for sharing!

    Ronan McDermott14 October 2021
  • Cool frozen kalimba

    I love how the kalimba sound is 'frozen'. However, even in taking the reverb mix all the way down, the kalimba is still frozen, and the reverb tail is really long. A peak under the hood shows that the reverb is actually in the samples. So, maybe offering a release control in the GUI would help. That way, folks could shorten things up a bit if they preferred to do so.

    Sam Ecoff17 October 2021
  • Nice sound but uncanny sustain

    This instrument is nice, a kalimba is always nice! I am not sure how I feel about having such a harsh sustain sound, since I am sure a lot of users will be turned off by it. For me the sound gets better the more wet it becomes, controlled by the one and only option that is offered in the minimal GUI. There is also the modwheel. which is attached to a vibrato setting, though it's not mentioned anywhere.

    I also have to note that there is no Kontakt compatibility label in the browsing thumbnail, but once you click on it you'll see there is an available kontakt version.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021