The story

I sampled this Hokema Sansula (kalimba) but besides a traditional sample instrument, I wanted a more textural, aleatoric Kontakt instrument.
I “scanned” the samples, randomly forward or backwards with different starting points, in a fixed tempo (whole until sixteenth note), using a self-developed Max-for-Live instrument in Ableton. See the video linked below.
The obtained loops are arranged in a matrix in the GUI (note regions versus note lengths) and the loops adapt to the DAW tempo. The matrix can be randomized using the randomize button or keyswitch (red). In this way different notes have different rhythm. Identic rhythm can be selected using the buttons at the bottom of the matrix or keyswitches (yellow). You can also change the matrix by clicking on the individual matrix buttons. See the video for a better impression.
The traditional sampled Sansula (three velocity ranges) is also included as a separate instrument.
Developed in Kontakt 6
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  • Great for happy accidents and ideas

    I love the GUI and idea behind the rhythmic grid. Additionally, the creator is very receptive and modified specific behaviours that would improve the instrument on my request. Highly recommended.

    felipetellezost15 October 2021
  • The best Kalimba library with randomizing function!!

    Sound is perfect! I love kalimba. Moreover, the GUI is amazing. It has a randomizing function just like evo grid. It does create interesting effects and it is a lot of fun to play with. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Unexpectedly great!

    Except for some very minor noise issues that can build up quickly if you play with very wet settings, this kalimba is totally worth it. The main instrument itself is cool and pretty customizable, but it suffers from the noise I mentioned, though only audible in very wet settings.

    The matrix is a fantastic tool to play around and generate some ideas, especially by using the sound of a warm kalimba like this. I'm impressed because it's pretty rare to find it in free instruments - I personally have seen it only in premium ones.
    Good job!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Great out of the box...

    This is one of those sample instruments that you just can't stop playing. Right out of the box it sounded great and was super easy and intuitive to set up. While there are a million libraries of sample kalimbas, this different take is a breath of fresh air. It'll definitely become a part of my scoring collection. Fabulous work!

    Christopher13 October 2021
  • A Kalimba that I was looking for

    Simply awesome Kalimba , the only "downside" of this is when you hold down a note you can hear a bit the noise of the room but it doesn't bother too much , rather it gives this instrument a nice nice character! Thank you so much for this one

    ARKAN13 October 2021
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