Generally saying, Lute is a term for almost any string instrument having
the strings running over a sound box. But if you are actually talking
about a Lute one is meaning the European lute (or modern Near-Eastern
oud) with characteristics such as a soundboard
with a single decorated sound hole called the rose, a shell of thin
wooden stripes and most known: a headstock which is angled back from the
neck at almost 90°.
The first Lutes where brought to Spain by the Moors and where plucked
with a pick, later they where played with fingers alone. The Lute's
strings are arranged in courses, in two strings each, except for the
highest pitch course which only consists of a single
string, called the chanterelle.
Our Lute is a renaissance Lute with 8 courses: (highest to lowest) a' e'
b g d A G E - The courses are tuned in unison. Nowadays Lutes are
equipped with nylon strings, the same as classical guitars today, but
historically they where made of animal guts.
The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the
Medieval to the late Baroque eras and was the most important instrument
for secular music in the Renaissance. But it is also used in score music
such as in the recent Jim Jarmusch´s movie "Only
Lovers left alone".
The Lute was carefully sampled in minor thirds on all the 13 strings in 3
dynamic layers and 4 round robin variations. We spent a lot of time to
capture the seamless transitions between these layers and variations, so
that the instrument feels as natural and
smooth as possible.
But this lute is not just sampled notes spread on a keyboard! It is more
than this. Like on real string instruments it is now possible to play
the same note in different hand positions, each with a different timbre.
By changing this position you can make a
melody sound different and achieve a more natural feel when played -
this all happens live via modwheel, pedal or key switch.
As if this wasn't enough, we also concentrate on the behavior of the
course strings. Beside a separate volume knob, we furthermore defined
the parameters flam and detune, which lets you vary the time and the
tune in relation to the original string. This can
be adjusted by separate knobs and then again can be controlled randomly
or via velocity. Finally we recorded sounds of finger scratching the
strings, which will be automatically added by a realistic noise trigger
script - of course you can control the volume.
Once again, with the Lute we expanded our string family with an unique and warm instrument.
One main complex Kontakt patch.
For more details please read the manual Kontakt 4.22 full version is required
The pricing is 38 EUR