Soundiron introduces Hopkin Instrumentarium: Weighted Strings


Soundiron introduced a new release called Hopkin Instrumentarium: Weighted Strings.  It’s available now for $29 (regular price $29) and requires the full version of Kontakt 6.2.2 or later.  More details from Soundiron below.

Weighted Strings is a set of two amazing custom creations from the mind of master instrument inventor Bart Hopkin: The Weighted Lyre and Weighted Zither. These handcrafted experimental instruments use small weights on the strings to alter overtone relationships and create unusual, beautiful sounds. Made of wood and metal, they have a richly acoustic essence that resounds brightly through each plucked note.

The Lyre has 17 main strings, as well as three additional strings that run over a narrow neck and can be fretted. The weights on the Lyre strings are carefully placed to prominently bring out an octave overtone. The Zither has 34 chromatically tuned main strings. Unlike the Lyre, the weights on these strings are not placed to bring out any particular overtones. As a result, the overtone recipes are highly inharmonic and random, varying from string to string, with highly inharmonic tone qualities.

We’ve faithfully sampled every interesting sound we could get out of these instruments, with three stereo mic positions: Close, Room, & Contact. We’ve also included 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. 

Visit Soundiron for more information.