ZITHERGEIST: Hybrid Zither Kontakt Library by Silence+Other Sounds

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Tuesday, 1 March 2022
  • Time to read: 3 min.

Hybrid Zither Instrument and Kontakt Library

Silence+Other Sounds released Zithergeist is a Kontakt library based on unconventional stringed instruments recorded in unconventional ways.

Silence+Other Sounds have meticulously sampled note by note a number of atypical instruments like mini harps, mandolin of unknown origins. In addition an Apulian zither is known as ‘pasta-cutting guitar,’ a pasta filament extruder from the Southern province of Apulia (Italy), which was traditionally used to extrude dough.

Zithergeist is a unique instrument for cinematic composition. You can use it to create dark melodies, heavenly arpeggios, high-frequency tones, emotional chord progressions, eastern-reminiscent melodies, and adrenalin rhythmical sequences.

ZITHERGEIST Hybrid Zither
ZITHERGEIST: Hybrid Zither Kontakt Library by Silence+Other Sounds

The instruments were recorded using multiple articulations, such as finger plucks and beaten or muted sounds produced by experimenting with various metallic objects on the strings. Furthermore, each note may be blended with four distinct layers of cinematic sound effects produced from the same instrument and ‘tuned’ to the particular note.

The product of its synthesis is a highly detailed, versatile instrument (up to 13 velocities per note/articulation and 4 round robins) that may be used as a realistic simulation of acoustic instruments while also serving as a powerful, diversified tool for generating sound effects.

The ZITHERGEIST is a one-of-a-kind instrument for cinematic composition. ZITHERGEIST may be used to create a broad range of music, from furious rhythms to immersive drones. You have an enormous selection of sounds and editing options available to you when making your own Zithergeist compositions.

ZITHERGEIST UI ARP
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Zithergeist includes an arpeggiator, a string editor, a sound effects editor, and a convolution reverb with hundreds of impulse responses (IRs) to change and shape the sound further. With distinct instruments and presets for each included, you can take inspiration and create your own sounds on the fly.

ZITHERGEIST UI
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This library also features 3 Kontakt Instruments based on synthetic string sounds, created with a variety of physical modeling techniques, to blur the line between the acoustic and digital realm and offer further creative possibilities.

Zithergeist includes a separate set of Kontakt instruments purely focused on cinematic sound effects obtained by experimenting on the source instruments with bows and self-built mallets (500+ SFX 96 kHz – 24 bit)

Conclusion

Zithergeist is a Kontakt library based on unconventional stringed instruments recorded in unconventional ways. Silence+Other Sounds have meticulously sampled note by note a number of atypical instruments like mini harps, mandolin of unknown origins. In addition an Apulian zither is known as ‘pasta-cutting guitar,’ a pasta filament extruder from the Southern province of Apulia (Italy), which was traditionally used to extrude dough.

The instruments were recorded using multiple articulations, such as finger plucks and beaten or muted sounds produced by experimenting with various metallic objects on the strings. Furthermore, each note may be blended with four distinct layers of cinematic sound effects produced from the same instrument and ‘tuned’ to the particular note. The product of its synthesis is a highly detailed, versatile instrument (up to 13 velocities per note/articulation and 4 round robins) that may be used as a realistic simulation of acoustic instruments while also serving as a powerful, diversified tool for generating sound effects.

The new Zithergeist library adds a number of virtual instrument sounds, as well as 3 Kontakt instruments based on synthetic string noises generated using various physical modeling methods to blur the boundary between the acoustic and digital worlds and offer more creative freedoms.

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