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A 2 1/2 octave balafon
Balani - A 2 1/2 octave balafon
Instrument Type:
UVI, Plug-in
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Balani is a 2 1/2 octave balafon (or balaphon) with small calabash resonators form Guinea. We decided that this not so rare instrument was worth a sample library especially because it has those "noise generators" in good condition. Most of the time, people remove those because they don't like that noisy effect, but if you listen carefully to some traditional Balafon, you will hear them and we wanted it to be in our library.
The other interesting point about Balafons is the scale that usually is very different from the european ones. It originally plays a B major scale (20 notes) so we extended it (to 33 notes) for this library and also gave the posibility to fine tune it.

Mixing Settings

Default interface
You have access to a tuning table and you can change the tone of each note separately and up to one semitone up or down.
The midi select helps you find which key you are pressing in order to tune the right note.

Mixing Settings

Double settings
The stereo button duplicated the library and inverts the stereo image and gives the feel of two Balfons playing at the same time. Each duplicate of course triggers different samples and can have its own tuning. You can also control how much stereo separation between the two versions. As always, the Sensitivity knob allow you to adjust the library to your preference and keyboard.
Technical description:

- 230Mb, 967 samples.
- 12 Velocity layers for the sustain.
- 4 takes per note to avoid the machine gun effect (round robins).
- about 13 Velocities for the release.
- Both original and corrected tunings are available for a traditional or contemporary sound.
- Advanced UVI scripting giving you access to a simple yet powerfull interface and advanced features.

Copy protection:

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Download Sizes

Version Compressed Download Size
Plug-in/UVI Download includes
  Installation Instructions:  Website
  Balani (Standard Version):  703.6 MB
  Balani (FLAC Version):  116 MB

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