21 STRINGS IN THE THE SAME TUNE
The word “monochord” literally means “single-stringed”. It is an instrument with many strings of the same length stretched over a wooden soundbox, all tuned to the same tone. If you slowly pass your hands alternately over the strings without a break, you get a long-lasting sound that is rich in overtones.
WHAT IS A MONOCHORD?
The word “monochord” means literally “single-stringed”. It was first constructed 2500 years ago by Pythagoras for basic experiments on harmonics. It was a simple wooden plate with only one string in those days. Today, the Monochord is an instrument with many strings of the same length stretched over a wooden soundbox, all tuned to the same tone. If you slowly pass your hands alternately over the strings without a break, you get a long-lasting sound that is rich in overtones. Our German Monochord has 21 strings, one string tuned one octave lower. All strings are tuned to B.
Firstly, we recorded separately each of the 21 strings of the Monochord plucked both with hands and plec in 2 or 3 dynamic variations. We mapped the strings in a range from C2 to C5 that you can pass your hands alternately over the keys related to the strings of the Monochord. Using this playing technique, you get the typical long-lasting sound of the Monochord, which you can transpose by using the key switch. Beyond that, we recorded single strings in several Round Robin variations and dynamic layers so that you can play the Monochord chromatically.
Finally, we created some exciting FX patches assembled from weird and experimental noises made with Monochord. We also added some scriptings to provide more opportunities.
Update 2.5 has now combined all the individual
instruments into one big one and added the
textures intelligently. In addition,
there are now presets, a new design and other features.
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