Soundiron introduces Hopkin Instrumentarium: Aquaalt for Kontakt


Soundiron introduced a new release, Hopkin Instrumentarium: Aquaalt.  For a limited time, this unique instrument is available at an introductory price of $29 (regular price $39).  The full version of Kontakt 6.2.2 or later is required.  More details from Soundiron below.


Aquaalt is an experimental creation from the mind of master instrument inventor Bart Hopkin: A unique Lute with a steel bowl resonator. The bridge delivers string vibrations directly to the bowl’s flat bottom. As the strings sound, water moves in the bowl, creating unusual, dreamy sounds.

Made of wood and metal, Aquaalt has a richly acoustic essence that resounds brightly through each note. With the body mounted on a swaying stand, the player can rock the lute to keep the water in the bowl moving. It can be played by plucking or bowing, occasionally with a slide to vary the string pitches.

We’ve faithfully sampled every interesting sound we could get out of this water lute, with two stereo mic positions: Close, and direct line in. Plucks, Bow Long, Bow Short, Bow Sul Ponticello, and Glisses up and down are available in all four layers to easily mix and match. With up to 8x round robin and 6 velocity layers per note, you’ll be swimming in beautiful timbres in no time. Aquaalt includes a wide selection of custom FX presets and plenty of our signature sound-designed ambient content, crafted from the raw acoustic source to give you complete creative freedom.


Please visit Soundiron for more information.