First Look: Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes by Soundiron

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Creative, Original and Inspiring . . The first release of Soundiron’s Hopkin Instrumentarium series delivers a never-before-sampled instrument with the high-caliber sound design we have come to expect from the developer.

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First Look: Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes by Soundiron

 

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes is a Kontakt Player Instrument compatible with the free version of Kontakt 6

Soundiron has always been different and the new release, Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes , ends that statement with an exclamation point.

With Tines & Echoes, Soundiron continues to buck sampling trends by seeking out unique and original never-before-sampled instruments and transforming them into playable, creative virtual instruments.

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes sells for $39.00 from Soundiron

Thoughts

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes GUI follows Soundiron‘s tradition of a pleasing graphic interface with easy access to controls for sonic manipulation.

For Soundiron‘s Tines & Echoes Kontakt Player library, the team sampled a hand-sculpted sound box with 25 chromatically-tuned metal strings.

This tuned percussion instrument is one of dozens of uniquely crafted instruments born from the mind of designer and sound sculptor Bart Hopkin.

The physical instrument sampled for Soundiron‘s Tines & Echoes sample lirbary.

 

“Since 1974, Bart has been designing and constructing all the far-flung musical instruments he could dream up, with an emphasis on unusual and inventive acoustic art. The Hopkin Instrumentarium now has over 110 original creations and continues to grow every year. Soundiron is proud to bring you this inspiring and distinctive series of bespoke instruments not found anywhere else on earth.”

On the original physical instrument, the strings are tuned randomly and when played, resonate different combinations with vibrating other strings on the instrument.

Tines & Echoes is housed in Soundiron‘s 4 layer sample engine with 2 layers of acoustic sample sources, 1 layer of sound design and 1 layer of sub-bass accessible from the front of the interface.

Listening back to the different samples of the original acoustic instrument included in the library the tone varies from a sharp, plucked single note zither-like sound to high register dull-una-corda-piano to odd marimba or slightly damaged kalimba . . . all a treat to experiment with.

Tines & Echoes Custom FX presets do a great job of showing the variety and depth of sound you can create by utilizing the sample set in this engine.

In the first look video (up top), I take a look and listen through the presets and functionality of the library to get an idea of what you get right out of the box.

Facts

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes downloads as 4.05 GB and is a
sample set from a hand-crafted tuned percussion instrument with 25 Chromatic Plucked strings created by instrument designer and sound sculptor Bart Hopkin.

The library comes with one NKI with options for 2 microphone positions.

The library also contains percussive knock effects, 20 custom sound-designed FX and ambient presets and 23 bonus ambient effects, pads and drones.

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes is a Kontakt Player Instrument, compatible with both the full and free version of Kontakt 6 and loads into your libraries tab.

The library is programmed with Komplete Kontrol with compatibility with all Native Instruments S-Series Keyboards and NKS software and hardware.

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes sells for $39.00 from Soundiron

 

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