The worlds first multi-sampled rare and beautiful 150 (ish) year old DULCITONE, and one of the few ways you can hear what one actually sounds like.
These rare beauties have become deeply fashionable, especially amongst “with it” film composers looking for something with a bit of character in a Tom Waits or Bjorky kinda way. Jon Brion uses dulcitone extensively on his soundtracks of Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind.
Originally designed and manufactured in Scotland in the 1800's, and with allegedly only 2000 in existence the DULCITONE is a portable keyboard that was made for missionaries to hump around remote African village churches to help perk up hymn services. It has a very basic piano action with spring-loaded felt covered hammers striking small magnet shaped tuning forks. A bit like a Fender Rhodes electric piano without the electric bits, and has a very lovely woody, clonky glockenspiel/celesta kind of sound.
What's Inside ?
24 dulcitone presets that take advantage of the 3 pages of scripting.
4 octave architecture with control of volume, pan, adsr and delay per octave group.
Note on and note off "thump".
69 specially made convolution reverb impulses from real spaces, expensive hardware, and some less obvious sources.
Round robin sample swapping for extra realism.
Midi timing jitter for even more realism.
Some lovely pictures of the instrument herself.
Charming hand drawn instruction manual!
FULL version of Kontakt 4 or above needed.
DULCITONE1884² will load into Player but time out after 10 minutes, so please don't buy this if you are using the free Kontakt Player.