Sonokinetic releases the Alphorn

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  1. Sonokinetic BV

    Sonokinetic BV Boutique Sampling

    Jul 29, 2013
    We are delighted to release our next instrument "Alphorn"

    We have four major categories in our product line-up, being our hugely successful orchestral line, our ethnic line, our vocal range and our 'heritage' line. This product falls squarely in the latter category, being culturally intertwined with the white peaks of the Alps as much as the Carousel organ is indigenous to the streets of Amsterdam or Brussels.

    This instrument, recorded on location at the Alphorn Centre in Friesenheim, the south of Germany, and played by renowned player and Alphorn builder Franz Schüssele, is an inspiring mix of nature and craftsmanship, producing silky smooth soft tones and rattling shouts alike, sounding a bit like a very warm brass instrument even though the whole thing including the mouthpiece is made of wood.

    We had a great time with Franz trying to capture all the intricacies of this amazing instrument, and we think we succeeded, in the Sonokinetic style, warts and all, to make for a very original and natural sounding approximation of the real thing.

    Since the Alphorn has no valves it only plays nature-tone harmonics, in the case of this instrument upwards from a low F. Some of these harmonics are not exactly tempered to our modern ears (most notably the one between Bb and B, and between Db and D). However sounding very off key in these cases we thought it good to offer a version of the instrument as you would get it with a real Alphorn player, so the ‘Natural’ version of the instrument we left unturned. The added benefit of this approach was that we could also add recorded legato transitions of up to three octaves (!) up and down for the natural instrument.

    For general usability we also made an ‘Extended’ version, mapping the samples over the missing notes, and tuning it in Kontakt. This extended version is polyphonic, and capable of producing amazing beds of Alphorn ensemble sweetness. Further controls in the instrument are very basic, with a ‘growl’ control and a basic EQ and IR reverb. We, at Sonokinetic BV, are very proud to introduce Alphorn to you, and can’t wait to hear the amazing things you, our valued customer base, will produce with it.


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    Alphorn is available now for €49.90 from
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  2. Anthony N.Putson

    Anthony N.Putson Active Member

    Jul 20, 2013
  3. Almost finished a first composition with this fine instrument.
    It's very dynamic and has imo a good balance between smoothness and growlness.
    The extended "cheat" helps a lots.
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  4. DarkestShadow

    DarkestShadow Senior Member

    Woa... and 4-5 year old thread.
  5. Well, yes - I also could have opened a new one with a title as "Sonokinetic Alphorn kicks ass" or so :cool:
    It took just some time to find the right situation to use this gem, bought it over one year ago during an xmas sale and never got into it.

    With the extended and regular tuning it gives rather sweet long tones.
    More difficult it would be though to use the original tuning..
  6. Mega

    Mega New Member

    Nov 14, 2018
    This instrument sounds good!
  7. Akarin


    Jan 14, 2018
    As a Swiss, I approve this thread :-p
  8. Henning

    Henning Member

    May 22, 2006
    It is a superb instrument and just watch where my original demo for this lib has been used. Obviously better than the orchestral french horn. Really had to laugh when I found this:
  9. Phil Harmony

    Phil Harmony New Member

    Jan 2, 2019
    Haha, this is really cool!

    Maybe this would be a good lib to simulate historic brass? It sounds somehow ancient to me...
  10. Henning

    Henning Member

    May 22, 2006
    Yep, it is really good at faking these kind of war horns.
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  11. ScoreFace

    ScoreFace Active Member

    Nov 21, 2018
    I have completely missed this one - sounds really good!
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  12. midiman

    midiman Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I am very interested. Probably going to buy.
  13. LandWaterSky

    LandWaterSky Member

    Jul 7, 2017
    It's been out for awhile. I think I purchased it last year. But it was one of the best buys I made all year and one of the most soulful...if I can use that word...brass packages I've ever had the pleasure to use.
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  14. mcovarrubiasi

    mcovarrubiasi New Member

    Sep 6, 2018
    I am loving the sound of this. I am always looking for brass sounds that can be used for genres other than orchestal. Do you know if sonokinetic release periodic sales on alphorn? it cost 49 euros now. Should I wait for a better price? I am not in a hurry.
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  15. Phil Harmony

    Phil Harmony New Member

    Jan 2, 2019
    Yes, I thought so, too - I think I'll buy this:).
  16. reutunes

    reutunes Senior Member

    May 1, 2012
    Can't believe this thread got resurrected. This was probably one of my favourite EVER demo tracks to write for Sonokinetic. That instrument is just crazy fun!

  17. Henning

    Henning Member

    May 22, 2006
    Ha, Reuben, and I thought I was a bit whacked about the head. But this is madly brilliant! Did not remember that one.
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  18. LandWaterSky

    LandWaterSky Member

    Jul 7, 2017
    You guys did a great job with the demos.
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