Javanese Gamelan

Immerse yourself in the sound of the Javanese gamelan, an ancient, tuned percussion ensemble from Indonesia. Its transcendental tone has inspired composers for centuries: and with twelve unique instruments and a custom ensemble builder, it’s now at your fingertips.

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$99

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$99

Audio Demos

  1. Book of Sorrow Matias Dapena (mixed by Titanio) 1:43
  2. Magadan (Naked) Gonzalo Varela 1:32
  3. Jasmine Tea Steven Cravis 2:55
  4. Fragmented Shimmers (Naked) Nabeel Ansari 1:20
  5. Footsteps Infinity Tone 2:18
  6. Jasmine Tea (Naked) Steven Cravis 2:55
  7. Book of Sorrow (Naked) Matias Dapena (mixed by Titanio) 1:43
  8. Ghost in the Gamelan Titanio 1:46
  9. G-Overdrive Zack Parrish 2:15

Product Info

Content

6,750 samples at pristine 24/48 quality
16 dynamic layers per key
Full & dampened recordings
12 individual instruments
Bonang, demung, gambang, gender
Gongs, kempul, kempyang, kenong
Kethuk, peking, saron, slenthem

Features

Beautiful wide UI for Kontakt 5.8
Custom ensemble builder patch
Per-instrument tuning, timing
Harmony builder, microtuning
Single patches w/ 3 tunings
Includes CONSOLE, over 30 FX

Requirements

6GB disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

4GB of RAM

Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.

Apple M1, Intel i5 or equivalent CPU

A faster CPU with more cores will allow you to play more simultaneous voices.

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Kontakt 5.8+ Full

This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player.

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Kontakt Requirements - Windows

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.

Videos

Details

Gamelan is an ancient artform of Indonesia; it is a musical ensemble most often containing percussive, tuned metallophones with meditative, bell-like tones. The gamelan is among the oldest known instrument ensembles that is still played today, known to be at least 1,200 years old. Each instrument within the ensemble has its own unique design, size, and tuning, resulting in a rich and transcendent sound when played together.

The sound of the gamelan was hugely influential on 20th century Western composers like Satie, Cage, Bartók, Messiaen, and Britten, but can also be heard prominently in acclaimed scores like Akira, Battlestar: Galactica, The Girl with a Pearl Earring, and many others.

Our sampled Javanese Gamelan (as opposed to Balinese, or Sundanese) consists of twelve instruments made from bronze in Indonesia, carefully played and sampled by composer Gonzalo Varela to capture their full clarity and nuance. We have presented them here as an ensemble with standard Western tuning, along with the option for custom microtuning scales, and authentic Pelog and Slendro scales.

Javanese Gamelan lets you customize your own ensemble or play individual instruments in their authentic forms. Whether you’re writing for soundtracks, pop music, atmospheric electronica, or New Age, we think you’ll find it incredibly inspiring – just as we did.


Content


The library includes twelve individual instruments comprising the ensemble: Bonang, Demung, Gambang, Gender, Gongs, Kempul, Kempyang, Kenong, Kethuk, Peking, Saron, and Slenthem. Each has been sampled with fully-sustaining and dampened notes, in 16 dynamic layers, which allows deep playable and responsiveness.

The single instrument patches are presented in two idiomatic tunings – Pelog and Slendro – as well as equal temperament, suitable for traditional Western music. The ensemble builder allows for per-instrument tuning, mixing, effects, and humanization, allowing you to create your own custom blend of tones in whatever note ranges you choose.

You can truly shape the sound of the gamelan with our integrated Console mixer & FX rack, pictured below. In the ensemble patch, each instrument gets its own channel, allowing you to add up to 8 modular effects for each. EQs, compression, reverb, modulation, distortion and many more FX units are available, giving you endless tonal possibilities.


 

Reviews

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Javanese Gamelan – SoundBytes Magazine

“So if you’re interested in the authentic timbres of the metallophones of the Javanese Gamelan, this sample set is definitely for you. And more, if you’re interested in modifying the timbres, mixing them, detuning them, harmonising them in definitely non-traditional manners, and in fact, using the basic traditional timbres as a basis for your own post-post-modern twistings and manglings, then this sample set is also definitely for you…the fact that the set has Impact’s impeccable sound quality ought to be enough to convince anyone with the slightest interest in traditional or extended uses of Javanese Gamelan timbres to leap at the chance of owning this set. If you do, you won’t be disappointed.”

Warren Burt (SoundBytes Magazine)