Akebono: Plucked is a sample based re-creation of an electronic suitcase instrument from Japan.
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This video showcases the sound of the Akebono instrument.
Akebono (literal translation: “Dawn”) comes from Japan and that’s all I know about it for sure. From the sound and the style, I would estimate that it was released in the mid-1980s.
It re-creates a number of traditional Japanese instrument sounds using a combination of samples and digital synthesis.
Akebono uses buttons instead of piano keys, has a joystick for pitch and volume modulation, and a speaker built into the suitcase.
During the sampling sessions, several impulse responses of the built-in speaker were taken at various different microphone positions.
A rare Thuresson CM402 microphone was used for the recordings. A total of 7 microphone configurations/positions are available.
The custom designed Kontakt interface allows you to mix between the speaker sound and the direct sound, giving you an extra dimension of control over the tone of the sound.
Akebono uses a joystick to control pitch and volume. Unlike current MIDI pitch-bend controls, the joystick only altered the pitch of the notes the player was still holding. Any notes in their release phase would be unaffected.
This behaviour was re-created using a custom Kontakt script. However, if you prefer the standard MIDI style of performance, you can select the style you prefer.
The dynamic of the note can be controlled either by the ModWheel, or by note velocity.
|A total of 9 sounds are available, emulating 5 different traditional instruments:
Each instrument has two alternate articulations, accessable via key-switches.
Akebono-Plucked is available now for £5 ($8)
» Go to the product page to purchase Akebono-Plucked as part of a bundle.
- Mac or PC running a full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.
- Kontakt 5 instruments require Kontakt 5.1.0 or higher.
- Download size: 128MB zipped folder
- Note: Akebono: Plucked does not run in Kontakt Player – a full version of Kontakt is required.