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This is the companion to the Concert Ukulele sample library. Concert Ukulele Strummer is a sample library, for Kontakt and EXS24, that recreates the unmistaken sounds of a strumming ukulele. It has a classic sound that is instantly recognizable and immediately brings to mind the Hawaiian Islands. Easy to play. In no time you will have very realistic and satisfying tracks.
I am a big fan of the, discontinued, Virtual Guitar 2. It used slices of actual strumming to replicate its patterns instead of the octave back and forth of down strokes and up strokes. To play a pattern you would play a chromatic scale up the keyboard. Each note was a different slice of the strum. It made for very convincing strumming. I've attempted to do just that with the Strummer for Kontakt. The EXS version does not have any kind of scripting so I had to go with the octave back and forth for the up and down strokes. You can download the manual for each version below.
Concert Ukulele Strummer for Kontakt features a very easy to play keyboard layout. Every chord was sampled with multiple up and down strokes, palm mutes, and full mutes. 12 chord types were recorded in each of the 12 keys. The chords that were recorded are: major, major7, 7, 9, 6, minor, minor7, minor6, diminished, augmented, add2, sus4. The architecture of each sampler is so different that I had to make two separate versions.
Concert Ukulele Strummer for EXS24 has a little simpler layout. The type of chord is selected in the bottom octave and the up and down strokes are played by alternating octaves in the upper range. Mutes and holds are played with different combinations of the pitch bend and mod wheel.
Audio Hawaii, located in Kailua on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, produces sample libraries of Hawaiian and Polynesian instruments.