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Sonokinetic Kemence KONTAKT-MAGNETRiXX

Sonokinetic Kemence KONTAKT-MAGNETRiXX

Originating from the vast area between the black sea and Persia this instrument comes in several forms, sizes and sounds. Mediterranean and Eurasian mixed with Persian and Middle Eastern musical heritage come together in the sound and deep musical ethnic presence of these instruments.

Sonokinetic decided to capture the enchanting sound of the classical Kemençe and sample this instrument in high fidelity audio quality. This instrument ships with a built in musical heritage. A supreme performed and recorded cinematic approach of several ethnic musical styles. The instrument is a perfect match with the styles and flavors in other Sonokinetic ethnical sampled instrument and vocals.

Core samples:

Classical Kemene1 instrument for Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5.0.3
Temposynced Phrases featuring Intelligent Time Machine (ITM)
Phrasing available pitched to key
4800+ samples. (8,4+ GB sample content)
Authentic Legato samples and scripting
Traditionals & Improvisation phrases
Auto ending to phrases
xfade modwheel dynamics for legato patches
Modwheel phrase start control
GUI harmonic key display
Full tempo sync control.
Kontat 5 optimized “Time machine Pro” programming
1 impulse response: 24 bit wave format
Real-time sample content purging and loading
End Users Agreement
Kemene Reference document (PDF)
Artwork : “Kemene” DVD cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa
Watermarked Kontakt patches


All files in 44.1 kHz , 24 Bit AIF format.
Programmed for Native Instruments Kontakt (Full versions!)

The main UI for Kemene consists of several controls including Legato / Phrase selection, Impulse Response (reverb) control, Tempo Sync, Intelligent Time Machine and root BPM (tempo) selectors.

Phrases and Legato

Choose either performance-sampled Phrases that are divided in two sub groups (Improvisations & Traditionals) or playable Legato by clicking either button.

Phrases & Performances

Kemene has up to 10 different styles included. Each style has been selected to fix a specific key and tempo. Slower tempo are set in Kurdi, where Hicaz is performed in mid tempo bpm. For the faster tempi Kemene uses a selection of tempi in styles of Rast and Nihavend.

Tempo Sync

Click the button to activate tempo syncing of the performance sampled phrases. Kemene features adaptive tempo syncing which will lock the phrase playback to tempo even if the host tempo is changing during playback.

In the full version of Kontakt 4 and 5 you will have alternative options for increasing the efficiency and quality of the timestretching. Be aware that this can come at the expense of system resources. For the best time stretching results we strongly advise to load the Kontakt 5 TMP patches which use the Time machine Pro settings.

Intelligent Time Machine (ITM)

The ITM function syncs samples to half-time or double-time when extreme tempo values are used. This can also be turned off. Click the button to enable / disable this feature. You may prefer to have the ITM function turned off when using adaptive tempo¬syncing functions previously mentioned, so that the samples do not suddenly switch to half/double-time when manipulating large tempo changes.

Phrase Indicator

We found it particularly intuitive, when composing to see what length a phrase would be. Since not all phrases are cut out with computer science in mind, they are more focused on musical and artistic expression, there’s a lot of variety in length and duration of a phrase. Hence the “Phrase Indicator” that shows you the remaining length by steadily following the phrase progression, filling the sphere with a transparent ‘hour glass’ like substance.

Impulse Response (IR)

Kemene comes preloaded with a convolution reverb sampled from an actual space to simulate a realistic playing environment. Adjust the amount of reverb added to the instrument by click-dragging on the Kemene instrument in the glass orb and slide up or downward to adjust the reverb levels.

From the Kontakt configuration window you can adjust many aspects of the reverb including wet/dry levels, pre delay, dampening and width.

Mic positioning

For each articulation available in this instrument there are three mic positions available.

Mono: close mic recorded version

Stereo: overhead placed stereo version with more ambience.

Mixed: a close and overhead mixed stereo channel. Preconfigured mixed version.

By sliding the slider or by clicking on the symbols above the slide, the position is changed.

Auto Ending

These trigger random endings for your phrases. When activated it will play an ending to your phrase
in the corresponding key


Home page: http://www.sonokinetic.net/products/ethnic/kemence/



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