Robs Andean Quena Flute

A childhood bamboo flute.

The story

I’ve had this weird bamboo flute since I was a kid. I have no idea when or how it actually came into my possession but it’s been with my collection of odd musical instruments for as long as I can remember. As it turns out, it’s actually made from a stalk of sugar cane and originates from the Andes mountains in Peru – go figure! I’ve sampled only one note (D3) but spread the sample (exs file) over the entire keyboard. It can be played as a solo instrument which delivers a rather haunting sound (sample attached) or in chords which delivers a mellotron-isn texture (sample attached)

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  • Only one sampled note? I'd never guess!

    I can't really believe this is an instrument that has only one sampled note, because it feels amazing to play and to listen to. I immediately came up with some tunes and I was very impressed by it.
    Highly recommended!

    I am not sure why there was no Kontakt label in the thumbnail though - almost ignored it!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • simple and beautiful

    natural sound and good dynamics.
    is very versatile for different musical styles.
    thanks for the great work on the flute.

    Roger Metal15 December 2021
  • Simple but good enough flute library

    Nice! It has a warm and simple sound of flute.

    Asuka Amane30 October 2021
  • This thing has no right being this good

    In its simplicity this is an amazing sample

    It is small in size and only one note that mapped everywhere
    On paper it shouldn't be this cool
    But there is a 'soul' and character in the sound that is hard to beat

    If I have to nitpick I think the only thing that could have been better (but is an understandable side effect of only mapping one note) is the vibrato that changes speed depending on the pitch.

    But man, that is a minor issue against the sound
    I never thought that a one note recording will hit me in the feels, but here we are

    Thanks for making this and submitting it here!

    WihanS02 April 2022
  • A wonderful toy to tinker with

    I have a bit of a thing for less-standard instruments, be they folky, non-western, or just plain weird. That was my main motivation for downloading this library. Whilst I can definitely say that it is, in fact, a flute, and that it does what a flute should do, I found that it was a lot more fun, and a lot more useful, to use it in ways that might not have been intended. Playing it in a real low register, for instance, makes it into a killer drone, and adding a bit of reverb and release makes it a really neat pad! That said, there are some issues I have with the library. Though it's not entirely audible -and the reverb does do a nice job of covering it up- keen listeners will be able to hear quite a bit of noise in the samples. Some of them also have a strange low thumping noise in them, though I didn't notice that particular detail until I really started listening. The lack of a sustain, decay, and attack knob also limits the extent with which the instrument can be played, which is unfortunate as I think that that playing is exactly where its strongest points lie. With just those few extra controls, this instrument could be so much more versatile than it already is! Having said all that, I can't deny that it's a good library all in all. Definitely worth download if you want an fun toy to tinker with

    Hidde Pieters12 October 2021
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