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ZITHERGEIST: Hybrid Zither

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 and even an Apulian zither, known as ‘pasta-cutting guitar’, a guitar-resembling tool from the Southern province of Apulia (Italy), traditionally used to extrude pasta filaments from raw dough.

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The recorded instruments feature multiple articulations, from finger plucks to hammered and muted effects obtained experimenting with a variety of metallic objects applied to the strings. Moreover, each individual note can be mixed with 4 different layers of cinematic sound effects, derived from the same instrument and ‘tuned’ to the corresponding note. The result is a highly detailed, versatile instrument (up to 13 velocity levels per note/articulation and 4 round robins); you can play it as a realistic emulation of acoustic instruments and use it at the same time as a powerful, variegated tool to design your own sound effects.

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Zithergeist is a unique instrument for cinematic composition: whether you want to create minimal dark melodies or heavenly arpeggios, piercing high-frequency tones or emotional chord progressions, cinematic droning effects, eastern-reminiscent melodies or adrenaline rhythmical sequences, Zithergeist offers you an arsenal of instruments and editing possibilities.

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Zithergeist comes with an arpeggiator, a string editor, a sound effects editor and a convolution reverb with hundreds of impulse responses (IRs) to further color and sculpt the sound: with dozens of presets for each instrument, you can take instant inspiration and make your own presets on the fly.

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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)

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