Turkish delight… We’ve sampled a huge number of ethnic instruments over the last decade, but few evoke such warmth, mystery and wonder as those from Turkey. This geographical location brings with it a host of musical influences from within and also neighbouring areas; Arab nations to the south and Eastern Europe to the West. Some of our most inspiring libraries have their basis in the sounds of those parts of the world including Sultan Strings, Shahrazad, Sultan Drums and the beautiful vocals of Gediz and Güzin.
Now we’re adding a traditional stringed instrument to the collection with Oud. This lute-like instrument has featured in historical texts that are hundreds of years old and it brings with it a heritage that’s unmatched in other parts of the world.
When planning this library we chose a model of Oud with both a full range and additional bass strings. We meticulously sampled all of the essential articulations and even additional effects such as body noises, ghost notes and string slaps. After we’d finished with the multi-sampling madness we allowed our expert Oud player to go wild and stun us with a wide range of naturally performed improvisations and grooves. These phrases can be used to embellish your own played parts or used alone to bring ultimate realism to your musical creations.
Despite the wealth of content (at almost 10 gigabytes) we have developed an engine that contains everything you need within one page, with all of the articulations and improvisations only a key switch away. It’s all about giving easy access to these stellar samples, and the options for transposing and editing the playback of the performances make it simple to merge this Oud with other Sonokinetic libraries and your own compositions.