Gimbri 30€
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Warm Bassy Plucks

The Gimbri is a three-stringed skin-covered bass that originated in Morocco. It is actually a lute that produces rich deep but also somewhat harsh and earthy tones through its wooden body and goat gut strings. Often compared to a bass guitar, the gimbri brings deepness into the music with its low dynamic range.

The main focus was to capture different articulations of the Gimbri while keeping its organic feeling and warm sound. Traditionally played with the fingers, we recorded it muted, with a plec and through an amp to ensure a wide variety of tones. It comes with five presets, while the possibility of custom settings is kept open.

Kontakt 5.8.1. OR LATER
Approx. 500 Samples
220 MB Data Compressed
Articulations such as Muted, plec and thumb Strumming Engine, Chorus, Drive & Octaver

Listen to some audio demos

Sidewalk Dürbeck & Dohmen
All About That Bass Till Metzner
Red Knob Marc Rohles
Gimbralla Bap Eric van Gent

This is what you get

Organic Sound
The emphasis was mainly on capturing the notes in a very realistic and organic way. We recorded all main articulations with a cool condenser in four round robins and three velocity layers.

Strumming Engine
A very realistic strumming engine that perfectly simulates the velvety and shimmering strumming of the Mountain Dulcimer. It is a unique feature with a Strumming Speed Slider that mimics the speed of the hand and drone option.

Eight Reverb Types
Besides several different sizes, you get special types such as "Infinite" and "Ghost".
Many Articulations
We recorded the Gimbri in many different and unique articulations to provide a broad spectrum of sound possibilities. Each of them is useful for a different kind of musical style:
  • Muted: played with muted strings
  • Finger: plucked with fingers
  • Plec: the Gimbri played with a guitar plec
  • Vintage: the Gimbri played through an amp

What is a Gimbri?

The Gimbri, also known as sintir or guembri, allegedly originated in Guinea and was brought to Morocco by the Gnawa people. They primarily used the deep rhythmic melodies played on the Gimbri as part of ceremonies and healing rituals. Today, the Gimbri is mainly popular in Moroccan Ghaabi, an upbeat style of music often played in streets, cafes, weddings and festivals.

The body of the Gimbri is carved from a single piece of wood and covered with camel or goat skin. It has three strings made of goat gut and is usually plucked with the thumb and index finger.

The Walkthrough