Charles’ Dulcimer

Charles’ Dulcimer is a beautiful hammered dulcimer with a full, bright tone and a rich resonating sound, sampled by Luis Filipe Costa.

The sample library is 3.3GB in size and comes with 3 mic perspectives and 7 round robins, making it a beautiful sounding instrument.

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Beautiful Hammered Dulcimer with a Rich & Sweet Sound

Charles’ Dulcimer is a beautiful Hammer Dulcimer made of solid wood with 9 courses of strings on the treble bridge and 8 courses of strings on the bass bridge, recorded by Luis Filip Costa. It has two octaves and a sweet, rich and resonating sound.

The instrument was extensively sampled with three different mic positions: a close perspective, a room and an ambient/hall perspective at the Coomberhust Studio Concert Hall at Kingston University.

3 Microphone Positions to Choose From – Close, Room & Ambient

Charles’ Dulcimer was sampled with three different mic positions: a close perspective, a room and an ambient/hall perspective. The Close perspective consists of a pair of cardiods (Shure SM57) spaced about 1 to 2 feet apart facing down about two inches away from the dulcimer. With this perspective I intended to get a very detailed and clear recording, a clear first attack of the note, the string and hammer noise.

The Room perspective is an X/Y configuration of small diaphragm condensers (AKG C1000) for at about 3 feet away from the instrument, placing the instrument in a room while still managing to get a clean, bright sound due to the sensitive nature of the condenser microphones.

The Ambient perspective is a Large diaphragm dynamic microphone (Sennheiser MD421) placed 6 to 8 feet away from the instrument to capture the sound of the hall and the tail/decay of the instrument.

Technical Requirements

  • PC Windows 7 (l64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Mac OS X 10.6 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2 GB RAM, 4 GB free hard drive space
  • Native instruments Kontakt 5 FULL VERSION

Technical Specifications

  • 3.29GB in size
  • 3 different mic positions (close, room and hall)
  • One velocity layer and 7 round robins

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