Fracture Sounds ARCO – Bowed & Plucked Piano Ensemble KONTAKT
Arco is a beautiful ensemble of four pianos, meticulously sampled in a concert hall with a range of bowed and plucked articulations. Arco is perfect for dramatic swells, shimmering textures and lush melodic lines. Over a year in the making, and the first of its kind, Arco’s unique sonic flavours will be a welcome addition to any composer’s toolbox. Runs in Kontakt 5.3 or above.
The sound of Arco could be described as a hybrid between a piano and a string ensemble. We took four pianos (two grands and two uprights), put them in a concert hall and performed each note with a range of techniques. After weeks of planning and experimenting, we settled on using nylon fishing line, coated in two types of rosin – bass rosin for the lower range and cello rosin for the upper range.
ARCO – Bowed Sustains.nki
ARCO – Spiccato.nki
ARCO – Soft Spiccato.nki
ARCO – Plucks.nki
ARCO – Plucked Tremolo.nki
ARCO – Glissando Effects.nki
Economical Patches (reduced voice count)
Bowed Sustains (Open).nki
Bowed Sustains (Muted).nki
Bowed Sustains (Super Eco).nki
Bowed Sustains (Hyper Eco).nki
Plucked Tremolo (Eco).nki
Separate ribbon mic patches are also included, which give a thicker, warmer character to the sound.
Patch ranges: C1 to E5 (Bowed), G1 to G6 (Plucked).
Meticulously recorded in a modern concert hall environment.
3 mixable microphone positions, including our easy perspective mixer.
Separate ribbon mic patches for a warmer character.
Range of inspiring articulations: Sustain, soft and hard spiccato, plucked, and tremolo.
Smooth dynamic morphing with the mod wheel.
‘Texture’ control for morphing between different performance styles.
Simple and user-friendly interface.
High quality 24-Bit samples.
6GB download size (NCW compressed from 11GB sample pool).
Requires the full version of Kontakt 5.3 or above.