Strummed Mountain Dulcimer

A Mountain Dulcimer with controllable strumming options...

The story

I made this teardrop-shaped Mountain Dulcimer last year, and making a strummed Kontakt instrument out of it, was also quite a challenge.
My Mountain Dulcimer is tuned in a standard way (D-A-dd) and it is a diatonic instrument (ionian/mixolydian) but the Kontakt instrument is chromatic. The melody is normally played on the double d string accompanied by the two drone strings (D and A). Playing a note on the (melody) double d string (MIDI Note 50-72, purple keys in GUI) will trigger the strumming of both drone strings. The active notes on the D string (MIDI Note 26-32, yellow keys) and A string (MIDI Note 33-49 green keys) are indicated as red keys. For different chords, change the D and A string notes just before playing the double d string notes (easier to program in DAW).
4 round robins were recorded of each fretted note on each string using a Rode NT2-A microphone and the internal piezo. The sound level of each string can be adjusted individually.
The strumming interval between the strings can be adjusted (and automated) and the direction: up, down or alternating.
On sustain pedal up or down (according to preference), the strumming is deactivated, and notes can be played individually on each string.
Demo of the instrument (Molly Malone): https://youtu.be/BoQ4uA4iAyQ

Reviews

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  • The kind of awesome library we've come to expect from Peter!

    This is another awesome library from Peter. It has all of the hallmarks of his work: Excellent instruments which are perfectly played, expertly recorded, excellent Kontakt programming, and then killer custom GUIs that are on par with and sometimes better than commercially available libraries. This instrument leaves me wishing for only one thing: I wish Peter had a YouTube channel where he walks us through the process of designing his awesome GUIs. I'd be his first subscriber!

    Sam Ecoff25 October 2021
  • Takes a minute to get used to...

    It takes a minute to get used to the how the chords work, and also how to use the interface. The lack of a 'read me' doesn't help. However once you get going this is a very well recorded instrument that does exactly what you want it to! Great Sound, great job!

    R.Treves18 October 2021
  • Very clear and straight sound of dulcimer!

    I really like the sound of dulcimer!!! Sound quality is very good and playability is excellent. Not sure this is the characteristic of dulcimer but it seems all the keys have two notes playing together. I would like to try this out for many occasions.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Professional sound...

    It's everything that one would want from a dulcimer library. Full controls over the strum speed, style, and strings plus extra controls for reverb. My only complaint is that the GUI isn't very intuitive upon first glance, but the functions of the sliders and buttons are very well documented in the help bar so it doesn't take too long to get up and running. Very authentic and professional sound!

    Christopher13 October 2021