Impact Soundworks announced the availability of the fourth entry in its ETHNIC WINDS VENTUS series of deeply sampled solo ethnic wooden virtual instruments for Kontakt. They tell us that VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – PAN FLTES, presents (for the first time) two instruments in one – the versatile nai pan flute (from Romania) and the powerful toyo bass pan flute (from Andean Peru and Bolivia). Here is the Impact Soundworks press release with all the details …
Surprisingly, as a group of distinctive sounding musical instruments, pan flutes – also known as pan flutes or, less still, syrinx – were independently initiated around the world, although all based on the principle of the closed tube, consisting of several pipes of progressively increasing length (and, sometimes, in circumference) created from various types of wood or reed. With that (musical) spirit, they are a perfect fit for Impact Soundworks’ aptly named VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series, purposefully designed to take users on a captivating global journey, capturing solo woodland tones to phenomenal performances outside of the repertoire. western – – Ventus being one of the Venti, wind gods in Roman mythology, who dwelled where their respective winds originated.
Hailing from ancient Romania, the nai – a higher pitched pan flute with an instantly recognizable sound featured on countless film and album scores, thanks to its magnificent and breathless sound – played a prominent role in the latest VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS from Impact Soundworks, voluntarily and competently performed by composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Josh Plotner in extensive and exhaustive sample sessions, successfully capturing all key articulations and a full range of playing techniques of the instrument in question – expressive sustains, vibrato, flutters and accents, to staccato notes and bends, acute release articulations and special extended techniques.
The deep and bewitching toyo is a traditional Andean instrument with a rich history; it was originally mainly performed by women and, with its large size and multiple rows of pipes, often required two performers. These performers were musically linked; neither could play the instrument without the other. The toyo belongs to a large family of pan flutes known as siku, which in turn gives its name to the musical genre known as sikuri.
That said, the lively, breathy tones of these two particular panpipes can easily be used for ambient and mellow styles, but also respond well to extremely bright and agile playing with staccatos, pops, and pronounced notes. Needless to say, Impact Soundworks managed to capture their majesty – musically adapted to evoke nature, sea, sky and, appropriately (in this case), the wind – for VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – PAN FLUTES during their recording in a small studio suitably processed to appropriately add air to the two room microphones used with a narrow ribbon mic, resulting in two deeply sampled panpipes in two distinct sizes and pitch ranges with multiple dynamics and round-robin variations (RR) with 24-bit sampling depth. (A different kind of depth can come quickly thanks to Impact Soundworks’ easy-to-use effects rack, complete with an analog-modeled parametric EQ, COMPRESSOR, DELAY and convolution REVERB.)
VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – PAN FLUTES also includes over 650 phrases shared between its built-in NAI and TOYO instruments, all performed in a variety of styles and lengths that can be quickly used with KONTAKT, allowing for authentic performances without the technology getting in the way – which is, in effect, the concept behind the VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series – or loaded as .WAV files for further editing, slicing and arrangement directly into a DAW.
VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – PAN FLUTES shares several key features with its siblings in the series, as well as a common user interface, so that anyone already familiar with VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – BANSURI, VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – TIN WHISTLE or VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – SHAKUHACHI before it does immediately feel right at home here with traditional playable articulations alongside a slew of prerecorded phrases that can be quickly incorporated into a composition for instant coloring; an innovative ornamentation system designed to automatically create decorative techniques in real time without the need for further fine-tuning or adding additional sequencing; as well as Impact Soundworks’ exclusive Total Articulation Control Technology (TACT) to unify and simplify the process of creating personal mapping configurations for each instrument. These three characteristics alone – alongside their creator’s sampling depth and attention to detail – duly combine to ensure that VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – PAN FLUTES is destined to become another source of inspiration without end … time to join the journey and hear where it takes you and your music, maybe? Definitely maybe!
Price and availability: VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – PAN FLUTES can be purchased and downloaded digitally (as a 6 GB library totaling 6,200 samples over 24 bits) directly from Impact Soundworks for $ 99.00 USD (note that existing VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series owners get an increasing discount, depending on the number of VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS libraries already owned.)
Note that VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS – PAN FLUTES requires the full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT (5.5.2 or higher).