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    New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    There's a new freeware Kantele available now that IMO is far superior to any instruments that the few commercial ethnic sample libraries have produced.

    Check it out if interested in old viking/scandinavian instruments:

    http://www.ajatarsampling.com/

    Approx 1GB download for all mic positions.

    -U.02

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    This is great! Thank you for advertising the site.
    Sibelius Academy has generously sponsored this basic work.
    BTW, as far as I know, Kantele is not that much a Viking/Scandinavian
    instrument than has especially Eastern Finland/Karelian and Baltic
    heritage. "The string instrument of old Finnish poet singers" - nowdays even electric models are available. Harry

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    Quote Originally Posted by user002 View Post
    There's a new freeware Kantele available now that IMO is far superior to any instruments that the few commercial ethnic sample libraries have produced.

    Check it out if interested in old viking/scandinavian instruments:

    http://www.ajatarsampling.com/

    Approx 1GB download for all mic positions.

    -U.02
    Nice, thanks!
    Composer, Logic Certified Trainer, Level 2,
    author of "Going Pro with Logic Pro 9."

    www.jayasher.com

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    Kewl...thanx for the link

    And Harry_O is very correct in his comment regarding the Scandinavian\viking heritage of the kantele btw.

    As far as i know, there is no historic tradition here (Norway) for the kantele, and i would def not categorize this as a "Viking" instrument...it has strong connections to eastern Europe and it is the Finish National instrument, i believe.

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    That´s right, my Norwegian friend. Kantele is quite often mixed with the
    Lyre, which (originated in Greece?) was spread all over the Europe and was
    also used by ancient Scandinavian occupants (also by the Vikings?).
    It would be great if someone sampled also other old European string instruments such as Psaltery, Talharpa, Jouhikko and Lyre. H.

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    Thank you very much!

    I have just downloaded the three mic positions, added an eq in Kontakt to boost the highs a little bit and played them together.

    The result: Absolutely great! The best sounding freebie I ever got!

    Thanks again!

    Gunther
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

    Listen to me, tuning my triangle http://www.box.net/shared/ae822u6r3i

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    Thanx for the tip. Nice library.

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    Thanks for the clarification and sorry for the error. I thought too simply that everything that is scandinavian is also viking, which seems to not be the case.
    Anyway, it's interesting to read about kantele and finnish national epic kalevala on wikipedia. JRR Tolkien was inspired by kalevala and kantele when he created the race and language of the elves in his stories.

    Nice samples indeed!

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    Thanks for letting us know about this. A nice sample set. I tweaked one set and gave it chorus and a longer release. Quite nice!!

    Regards John

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    Re: New freeware 38-string Kantele samples (Kontakt only)

    Thanks for everyone checking out the samples. We have been overwhelmed by traffic at the moment and the second download mirrors are currently down. There is a new donation button on the page where you can help us out if you like the samples and the work we've done. We've also been surprised by the interest in these samples and if it becomes a possibility are considering adding more rare, quality freeware instruments to the lineup.

    Thanks,
    Ajatar Kantele Team

    http://www.ajatarsampling.com/

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