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One of the oldest instruments in existence, the Ney has been played for about 5000 years. Its distinguished sound reminiscent of deserts and oasis, this instrument can add an ethnic flavor to your compositions that is unmatched in its deep soulfulness and truthful timbre. The Ney’s breathy tone will transport you to ancient times and faraway places and capture your audience with an enchanting quality.
In line with previous Sonokinetic libraries such as the classical Kemençe, Shahrazad and Sultan Drums, this Ney is captured in high fidelity audio quality, and it ships with a built-in musical heritage. Our Ney player Ahmet Cemal Oksuz blessed us with a deep understanding of both traditional heritage and a cinematic approach with regards to his playing. The instrument is a perfect match with the styles and flavors in other Sonokinetic ethnic sampled instrument and vocals.
For this production we sampled phrases in different Makams (middle eastern scales) using proprietary Ney flutes, the Neys used are Mansur, Kız, Bolâhenk, Husseini and Sipürde. For the playable legato and staccato instrument we focused on the Mansur Ney, this being the most all-round of all the flutes, with the largest range.
This Ney sample library is based on musical structures similar to the ones found in other Ethnic sampled instruments by Sonokinetic, making this a valuable addition to and perfect match with your Sonokinetic sampling products. Based on more than 10 different styles these performances are divided in traditional songs and improvisations. Where the songs focus more on melodies within a particularly Middle Eastern tone scale, improvisations use this tone material focus on a more ‘cinematical’ melodic approach.
This instrument ships with an intelligent legato scripted instrument, giving you an opportunity to play this instrument in real time and create your own melody lines, complete with transition notes and looped sustains.
Recorded at Sonokinetic Studios in Istanbul with our renowned and awarded sound team and Ney master Ahmet Cemal Oksuz, we’re very proud to release this unique instrument. We hope it will give you as much inspiration as it gave us and will suit your scoring template with elegance.
Sticking to our award-winning multi sampling / performance capturing concepts and teaming up with the world’s greatest musicians, recording artists, programmers, designers and scripters we are proud to present to you:
- Core samples: Ney flute
- 1 instrument for Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5.1.0
- Temposynced Phrases featuring Intelligent Time Machine (ITM)
- Phrasing available pitched to key
- 13600+ samples. (7+ GB sample content)
- Authentic Legato samples and scripting
- Traditional Songs & Improvisation phrases
- Auto Breath sounds between phrases
- xfade modwheel dynamics for legato patches
- Switchable velocity mix control for staccato and non-looped ‘natural’ sustains patch
- Modwheel phrase start control
- GUI harmonic key display
- Full tempo sync control.
- Kontakt 5 optimized “Time machine Pro” programming
- Transparent tempo stretch overview via switchable GUI element
- 1 impulse response: 24 bit wave format
- Real-time sample content purging and loading
- End Users License Agreement
- Ney Reference document (PDF)
- Artwork : “Ney” DVD cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa
- Watermarked Kontakt patches
All files in 48 kHz , 24 Bit NCW format.
Programmed for Native Instruments Kontakt (Full versions!)
The main UI for Ney consists of several controls including Instrument / Phrase selection, Impulse Response (reverb) control, Intelligent Time Machine, Breath on/off switch and Velocity control for Staccato and Long articulations.
Phrases and Playable Instrument
Choose either performance-sampled Phrases that are divided in two sub groups (Improvisations & Songs) or the playable instrument by clicking either button.
Phrases & Performances
Ney has 10 different styles included for Songs and Improvisation. These styles are named after the used Makam (scale). These Makams all have their own character. We’ve produced all improvisations and songs to be available in all keys, and they will automatically match the host tempo of your project.
Ney features adaptive tempo syncing which will lock the phrase playback to tempo even if the host tempo is changing during playback.
In the full version of Kontakt 4 and 5 you will have alternative options for increasing the efficiency and quality of the timestretching. Be aware that this can come at the expense of system resources. For the best time stretching results we strongly advise to load the Kontakt 5 TMP patches which use the Time machine Pro settings.
Intelligent Time Machine (ITM)
The ITM function syncs samples to half-time or double-time when extreme tempo values are used. This can also be turned off. Click the button to enable / disable this feature. You may prefer to have the ITM function turned off when using adaptive tempo¬syncing functions previously mentioned, so that the samples do not suddenly switch to half/double-time when manipulating large tempo changes. Note that in the improvisation section this might lead to different samples being triggered because these are recorded in two different root tempi and the improvised phrases for the different tempi will be different.
We found it particularly intuitive when composing to see what length a phrase would be. Since not all phrases are cut out with computer science in mind, they are more focused on musical and artistic expression, there’s a lot of variety in length and duration of a phrase. Hence the “Phrase Indicator” that shows you the remaining length by steadily following the phrase progression, this will appear in the center bottom of the interface when a phrase is played. When it is obscured by the Song list, just click the Song name again to hide the scroll.
Impulse Response (IR)
Ney comes preloaded with a convolution reverb sampled from an actual space to simulate a realistic playing environment. Adjust the amount of reverb added to the instrument by click-dragging on the knob and turn it on or off by clicking the button.
From the Kontakt configuration window you can adjust many aspects of the reverb including wet/dry levels, pre delay, dampening and width.
You can move the slider to get your preferred mix between the mono and stereo recorded signal.
These trigger random breath noises to add a live feel to your phrases. When activated it will play a sample of the playing taking a breath in between phrases.
The velocity slider will determine how velocity is handled for Staccato and Long articulations in the playable instrument. For more on this refer to the next section (Playing Ney: Playable Instrument).
Ney has a 2,5 octave keyrange for the legato instrument. Sustains will loop indefinitely, and a release sound will be triggered on key release.
Legato transitions will trigger automatically as long as the second note is played before the first is released. Velocity for the legato patch is controlled by mod wheel to allow for a full range of expression. Blue keys mark the position of the playable zones in the legato instrument. Polyphonic playing is not possible in Legato mode, for polyphonic playing use the Staccato or Long mode.
Staccato notes have different round robins, so another sample will be triggered when you press the key multiple times. These short notes can be triggered simultaneously with legato or sustained notes, to add a different attack to the note.
Sustained notes that can be played simultaneously, to simulate a group of players. No legato transitions will be triggered. These samples are not looped, they will end in a natural way when the recorded length is reached.
Recorded Fx sounds, categorized by sample length. These sounds make your composition come alive even more. Very effective when used tastefully and in moderation.
The Yellow key, when pressed, will retrigger the held note in a legato fashion.
With the performance sampled phrases, Ney provides red colored key switches from A0 to G#1 which will become yellow when selected:
Harmonic Key Display
Use the red keyswitches to set the root key of the phrases then use the upper blue keys to trigger the available phrases for that particular key in that tempo. The Key is displayed in the bottom left corner of the instrument. This harmonic key display changes according to the harmonic key that is selected by the red key switches on your keyboard. Phrases will change pitch, depending on the keyswitch selected.
The ITM button explained above will ensure that the phrases sync to your host tempo in the most efficient way. To get a visual indication of how much stretch is being applied, you can click the tempo box to toggle between recorded (root) tempo, host (current) tempo and tempo stretch percentage.
IMPORTANT: in the Improvisations section, the number of phrases available can vary depending on which tempo your host is set. There are improvisations recorded in root tempo 120 and in root tempo 90, the closest to your host tempo will be picked, and with ITM on, also closest to double and half of host tempo. So with ITM off in host tempo 175 it will pick improvisations recorded in 120 with a 45% stretch upwards, and with ITM on it would pick root tempo 90 with a 3% stretch down.
Purging and Disc Usage
To save on system resources and RAM, Ney loads each set of phrases as they are needed. Depending on your disc speed you may need to allow a few seconds for these to load once you select a new set of phrases or select a new root pitch.
Legato samples: velocity function. To have full control over dynamic behavior of your composition, and simulate the blowing of the player.
Staccato and Long samples: switchable between key velocity and mod wheel velocity through the dedicated slider. With the slider all the way to the left, velocity is purely controlled by key velocity, to the right by mod wheel, and everything in between will be a mix between these two. This is perfect for combining the control of mod wheel velocity with the variation and human feel of key controlled velocity.
Songs & Improvisations: the mod wheel controls the sample starting point, so moving the mod wheel up will start the phrase at a later position, ideal for when you only need the end of a particular phrase.
Our Ney player for this project was Ahmet Cemal Oksuz, a very accomplished professional player from Istanbul, Turkey, with a deep knowledge of traditional music styles as well as Western ‘Cinematic’ styles.
It has been a great privilige for us working with him on this project, and having him lend his inspiration and abilities to ‘Ney’
The meticulous recording took place at Sonokinetic Studios – JW productions Istanbul with our trusted recording engineer and composer Ceyda Pirali. We are blessed to have her professional attitude and attention to detail on projects like this one. As well as her knowledge of Middle Eastern music theory and instrument specific details that are invaluable to a project like this.
Audio Demos: Composed and performed with dedicated care and ear by professional musicians and composers.
Computer Magazine, April 2013
- MAC & PC
- Compatible Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5.1.0 (not compatible with the free Kontakt Player!)
- Format: 48 kHz , 24 Bit NCW format
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- Available as DOWNLOAD ONLY also available on USB stick (express shipping)
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