Has anyone run across a good \"Giga ready\" sample library for Asian/ethno instruments (I esp need some Indian instruments & vox)? The \"Heart of Asia\" from Spectrasonics seems good but it\'s only in Akai (and it\'s hard to find).
Thanks. I\'m kind of surprised at the lack of sitars & shakuhachi\'s. The only thing I can think is that sample-creators must think since synths have been doing good sitar & shaku sounds for years, they don\'t need to actually sample one?
To me it seems kind of odd that the \"Ethno World Giga\" library (which seems great) would skip a sitar and shakuhachi, when they\'ve been on hit records from the 60\'s (Beatles) thru 80\'s (Gabriel) and beyond.
Ethno World is an okay library. To much percussion IMO other then instruments and I\'m not crazy about the multisampled drum selection either. I much prefer HOA. I think all I ever use Ethno World for is the chickeneggs and rainmakers.
Just my 2 cents.
Yah EhtnoWorld has a lot of stuff I wouldn\'t \"got to\" first, but I do like the Snares and the world drums. There are enough samples in them to make some good performances...but they have to be programmed out well. Also some of the long decays really KILL poly
As for Shakus, I agree, we need some really good samples of these. There are a couple of Bamboo fluted on Ethno World, but they aren\'t all that good...even the staccatto hits dont have the best \"chiff\" sound
I\'ve been using the Shaku sounds on the World Expansion board for Roland JV/XP mods/synths and it sorks, but it is in NO WAY close to having a good sampled version....
HoA has some Sitar Patches. Some Phrases and some glisses as well as multisampled.
I picked it up and am pretty satisfied with it. I\'m a bit spoiled by GigaSampler sized libraries, but This one does the trick if you aren\'t looking for the most ULTRA real/expressive patches. You can build some \"sortof\" expressive patches out of the velocity switched instruments, and the phrases are interchangeable so you can vcut together a cool solo (maybe not whats in your head, but one that works). There aren\'t any Taikos in HoA, you\'ll need QL Rare Instruments for those. And NO ONE has a good Shakuhatchi