A typical dictionary definition of an ocarina is a small egg-shaped ceramic — especially terracotta — or metal wind instrument with holes for the fingers. While the word itself journeyed from Italy in the late 19th Century — from oca (goose) due to its waterbird-like shape, Costa Rican Pendant Ocarinas originate from the time of the Incas and were used as instruments for festivals, rituals, and ceremonies; they usually have eight or nine holes and are often shaped like animals — as evidenced by the toad-like one deeply sampled by Impact Soundworks for VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS. Continuing to travel — truly in keeping with the VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series’ design concept of transporting adventurous users on an exotic musical journey around the globe, capturing the tones of pleasingly performed solo instruments outside of the Western repertoire, the Triple Ocarina is a multi-chambered ocarina with a broad range of around two octaves plus a fifth, while the Chinese Xun is an ancient egg-shaped aerophone that dates back 7,000 years and was used primarily in the performance of palace music.
In the process of capturing those endearingly exotic instruments, Impact Soundworks explored the full range of playing techniques — tapping into the talents of New York-based composer, arranger, and saxophonist woodwind player par excellence Josh Plotner — to enable VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS users to make musical KONTAKT in many more ways than one… from expressive sustains, vibrato, flutters, and accents, to staccato notes and bends, pitched release articulations, and special extended techniques. The instruments involved feature either 11 or 13 articulations paired with a combined total of over 900 phrases, performed in a variety of unique and inspiring styles and lengths. These can be used within the KONTAKT instrument itself, or loaded as WAVs (Waveform Audio files) in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for further slicing, editing, and arrangement.
As is the case with its VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series siblings, each VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS instrument shares several key features, together with a common user interface, so that transitioning from working with, say, VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - PAN FLUTES first before moving on to VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS keeps creativity flowing… which is exactly as it should be.
Watch Impact Soundworks Lead Developer Andrew Aversa’s adventurous
VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS video walkthrough
Versatility and additional ease of use comes courtesy of Impact Soundworks’ proprietary TACT (Total Articulation Control Technology) to unify and simplify the process of creating personal mapping setups for each and every instrument. Indeed, inclusion of some serious phrase playback editing scripting alongside two mic positions and a whole host of controls to tweak things further still, such as Impact Soundworks’ simple-to-use FX rack — replete with an analogue-modelled parametric EQ, COMPRESSOR, DELAY, and convolution REVERB — reassure that VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS is a surefire source of infinite inspiration… just like its VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS series siblings that flew (off the sampling shelves) before it!
VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS can be purchased and digitally downloaded (as a 7GB library totalling 5,500-plus 24-bit samples) directly from Impact Soundworks for $99.00 USD from here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/ventus-ethnic-winds-ocarinas/#purchase (Different discounts are available to owners of other VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS libraries, depending on how many libraries are already owned.)
The first five VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS releases are available as a combined bundle for $349.00 USD — representing a 30% saving over purchasing each library individually — directly from Impact Soundworks here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/ventus-1-5/#purchase
Note that VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS requires the full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT (5.5.2 or higher).
For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated VENTUS ETHNIC WINDS - OCARINAS webpage here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/ventus-ethnic-winds-ocarinas/About Impact Soundworks (www.impactsoundworks.com)
Impact Soundworks creates audio software designed with composers in mind: sample libraries, virtual instruments, and plug-ins. As passionate about creating music tools as its customers are about making music, the company was founded in 2008 by composers Andrew Aversa and Will Roget, II at a time when there were several large virtual instrument companies already around, but few developers creating affordable, flexible, and focused libraries featuring more unusual and unique sounds. Shrewdly, the dynamic duo noticed much in the way of in-depth orchestral offerings, but more unusual instruments were not being sampled with much detail at all. As such, the company’s first two releases were Impact Steel, a collection of found metal objects played as percussion, and Sitar Nation, a set of instruments from North India. It has since been collectively working hard to address the needs of modern composers, successfully striking the balance between depth and ease of use. Ultimately, Impact Soundworks is proud to call tens of thousands of musicians around the world its customers, intelligently investing time to study suggestions and review requests. After all, that is how a number of its best-loved libraries started… from the smallest seed!
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