This instrument ranges between a fairly conventional kalimba with some pitch fluctuation to a weird, reversed, haunting plucked and flutey thing, like some kind of mangled music box from a horror film.
There are 54 individual samples across 3 velocity layers. The samples are tuned, but the tuning drifts slightly to add a horror-like atmosphere. Samples can be selected from 24 separate groups for a more stable sound, or can be played at random on each key press to get more variation.
Also included is a basic Spooky Kalimba preset (without the Spooky Echo rack) which can be played relatively normally by reducing the attack, or made pad-like by increasing it. However, it still has a creepy reverse effect when notes are held, and has tuning drifts and inconsistencies that prevent it from sounding like a conventional kalimba.
Both of these instrument presets can use a lot of CPU with long release times when playing multiple notes; to counteract that, we’ve also included a ‘low CPU’ version, with reduced sample quality and reduced simultaneous notes (8 instead of 12). (The number of simultaneous notes available will also be affected by note release length and sample choice). All presets use the sample 54 samples of the same quality, but the settings are different within Ableton’s Simpler.
The kalimba is also known as the Mbira, the thumb piano, and by many other names. It has probably existed in some form for thousands of years. For some reason, it seems to be trending all over the place in the last year or two. Probably because it’s easy to carry and relaxing to play. Our Spooky Echo version can boast the same qualities (if you use it on a laptop instead of a desktop), but is much less relaxing to listen to…
- Ableton Live 10.1 – Intro Edition or higher
- Format: .zip file containing 1 .alp (Ableton Live project)
- Total zipped size: 28.7 MB
- Total installed size: 44.5 MB
- 1 .als (Ableton Live set) with 3 Instrument Presets and 1 Effect Preset
- Instrument contains 54 WAV samples @ 48kHz, 32-bit
Note: This premium pack is also included in the Spooky Sounds Collection.