Small Rantonen Kantele

99,20 incl. vat

Kantele, also called kannel, is a traditional Finnish and Karelian plucked string instrument. Similar instruments include the Estonian kannel, Latvian kokles, Lithuanian kanklės, and Russian gusli.

The physical version of Small Rantonen Kantele is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, still playable 5-string kanteles in the world, as it was made in 1770. The kantele was made famous by kantele player Antti Rantonen, who owned it and played it during his career.

Note: To use this virtual instrument, Native Instruments Kontakt version 6.7.0 or higher (FULL) is required.

Walkthrough:

Main idea for the virtual kantele was to create an instrument you can play live, almost like a real kantele. We used pedals, velocity layers, and special keyswitches to create a playing experience closer to the real instrument. Strumming is a crucial part of playing the small kantele, so we kept that in the middle of the development from start to finish.

Samples were recorded using different parts of the kantele, with resonance and without resonance, to give more options for the sound of the instrument. During the sampling the strings were tuned using a diatonic scale (CDEFG). With the virtual instrument it is possible to tune every string independently, so you can achieve the traditional D-tuning and many other tunings.

We captured 6 articulations, and in addition recorded percussion with the strings and the body of the instrument. Many other delicious samples are also present, including the sounds of hand damping the strings!

Small Rantonen Kantele was recorded with four microphones: Neumann TLM 103 as a middle microphone, two Sennheiser MKH 8040’s on the sides, and AKG C411 PP as a contact microphone. We captured 3327 samples with 4 round robins.

Size un-compressed: 1.84 GB
Sample specs: 96 kHz, 24 bit

System requirements: Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update)
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)
Windows 10 or 11 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM
4 GB RAM

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