Spitfire launches a waterphone sound library
Spitfire introduces Hg2O, a new sound library for Kontakt which features samples of a waterphone and can be used in cinematic compositions.
The waterphone is an atonal instrument that features a stainless steel cylinder-shaped resonator filled with water, a handle and several bronze rods of various length installed around the resonator. The sound is obtained bowing or hitting the rods with brushes or mallets and moving the instrument so that the movement of the water within the resonator will change the resonance. The sound of this instrument is often used to evoke mystery and suspense.
The waterphone used by Spitfire was recorded using vintage microphones, Neve Montserrat preamps and a Studer 2" tape machine, and then passed through Prism A/D converters.
Several articulations are available, with the following mappings:
- C0 - B0: bowed rods with 4 round robins, 2 instrument positions controlled by velocity and water level control
- C1 - C2: "plucked" rods with 4 round robins and water control
- C3 - A3: hand sweeps
- C4 - A4: brushes sweeps
- C5 - A5: fast bow sweeps
- C6 - B6: bowed sweeps
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