KING OF STRINGS is the first Octobass sample library for Ni Kontakt.

Featuring the sampling of the unique  custom made “Bohr-Moneta” Octobass.

There are only 4 octobasses in the world, this instrument is the perfect way to add the power of a rare bass instrument to your music compositions, giving an organic flavor without sacrificing the natural rough sound of a string instrument.


THE “KING”

The octobass is the larger and one of the most rare bowed string instrument.

Because of the extreme fingerboard length and string thickness, the musician plays it using a system of levers and pedals.

According to Berlioz, the three open strings were tuned C1, G1, and C2. This tuning gave it a low range one octave below the cello and equal to the modern double bass with low C extension. However, at the time when the octobass was invented, the double bass lacked this extension and could descend only to E1 or G1. The mechanism enabled each string to chromatically cover the range of a perfect fifth and gave the instrument a high range to G2.The fundamental frequencies of the lowest notes in this tuning lie below 20 Hz

It was first built around 1850 and in 1994 Pierre Bohr, Milan-based luthier build the actual Octobass owned by M° Nicola Moneta.

Thans to its solid low end the “King” is the perfect bass extension for all orchestral instruments giving a sense of deepness and power.

 


THE COURT

In this realm of the “King” there are 4 passionate knights that joined their forces to defend the uniqueness of his voice.

  • Nicola Moneta: the Bard, he regularly performs with his Octobass around the courts.
  • Pierre Bohr: the Luther, he crafts holy instruments from the wood
  • Daniele Bertinelli: the Jester, he jumps from one microphone to another to achieve the best sound
  • Giorgio Riolo: the Wizard, he knows the secret formula to make the enchantment

THE KONTAKT INSTRUMENT

KING OF STRINGS is an instrument for Ni Kontakt, it requires full version of Kontakt 5.8 or highter versions

It doesn’t work with Kontakt player free version.

The Instruments allows you to perform the Octobass with 4 articulation: Long, Short, Pizzicato and Col legno.

In addition to chromatic recordings you’ll find a SFX section for experimental sound design purpose, all articulations can be switched from GUI or directly with keys witches playing notes from C0 to G0.

The custom GUI gives you the access to the XY pad for microphones mixing, all samples were recorded by4 different microphones: a large diaphragm main condenser mic close to the body to get all the harmonics, a Shotgun mic , a contact microphone for the harshness of the wood and a custom made Subkick to capture the extremely low frequencies and rumbles.

 

 

AUDIO DEMOS:

All sounds of these demos are played with the Kontakt instruments and its articulations only, no additional audio processing or mastering has been done.


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