Impact Soundworks announces authentic-sounding sampled collection of 10 traditional Iranian instruments
Koron is a traditional Iranian term that refers to notes that are a quarter-step lower in pitch. Put it this way: such quarter tone intervals are a distinguishing feature of Iranian and other traditional Middle Eastern music, and, as such, Impact Soundworks sensitively pays tribute to that concept — both in name and content — with KORON - TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS OF IRAN. Indeed, it is designed to capture the very essence of Iran’s rich tapestry of musical forms and history, while also breaking down barriers between Eastern and Western music.
Musically speaking, KORON - TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS OF IRAN in effect started life at the instigation of one Siavash Mozaffari, an Oakland, CA-based multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, engineer, and sound enthusiast, who successfully used crowdfunding to raise funds for a ‘sonic journey’ to Iran with the goal of sharing the sounds of that country’s traditional instruments by transforming them into virtual tools to be used by any composer. Connecting with the instigator, Impact Soundworks expanded the scope and depth of this project, producing one of the deepest world instrument libraries ever released as a collaborative result over two years later.
The finished result almost beggars belief. With over 17,000 superlative samples presented in 24-bit fidelity to its notable name, KORON - TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS OF IRAN includes five melodic instruments — including kamanche (believed to be one of the historical ancestors of the European violin family), santoor (type of hammered dulcimer), setar (three-stringed instrument with a long neck and moveable frets), tanbour (considered by some to be the first long-necked fretted instrument), and tar (amongst the most significant Iranian classical instruments, similar in importance to the guitar in Western music) — and five percussive instruments — including bendir (wooden frame drum with a skin membrane), daf (larger Persian frame drum made of hardwood with metal strings attached), kuzeh (hollow clay instrument indigenous to Iran with holes that can be opened or closed by hand to create unique sound effects), tombak (goblet-shaped hand drum that is a foundational instrument to Persian music), and zarbe zoorkhaneh (clay and sheepskin or goatskin hand drum originally used in BC-era fitness workouts for knights).
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KORON - TRADITIONAL SOUNDS OF IRAN video walkthrough
Stylistically, KORON - TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS OF IRAN of course can creatively go beyond time and place, partly thanks to the onboard effects rack featuring (an analogue-modelled parametric) EQ, COMPRESSOR, DELAY (line), and (convolution) REVERB. Realistically, though, given that one of the core goals at Impact Soundworks is to sample and develop virtual instruments outside the standard Western repertoire, KORON - TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS OF IRAN is the most extensive fulfilment of that goal yet and also a fitting conclusion to Siavash Mozaffari’s Iranian ‘sonic journey’ having helped him expand the scope and deliver the project to its full potential.
Note that KORON - TRADITIONAL SOUNDS OF IRAN requires the full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT (5.5.2 or higher).
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated KORON - TRADITIONAL SOUNDS OF IRAN webpage here: https://impactsoundworks.com/product/koron-traditional-instruments-of-iran
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!