This is what you get
16 Mallet Articulations
We have collected a ridiculous amount of single instruments, with each articulation containing related instruments being playable over several octaves so you can play them over the full range of the keyboard. Additionally we played each of these groups with mallets we admire and felt fitting for the according instrument.
5 Bowed Articulations
We always enjoyed bowing things not supposed to be bowed so we seized the chance and bowed the Gender and the Saron. An instrument supposed to get bowed though is the rebab, which we recorded metal and yarn stringed. Since this has become a quite rough sounding collection we complemented this category with a rubbed gong with a calming character.
4 String Articulations
In order to furthermore enrich the versatility of Java Mallets we recorded a rebab metal stringed and a rebab yarn stringed. Each of them in a plucked and a spiccato variation.
Ombak is a technique in Gamelan music doubling an instrument with a slightly detuned companion creating a chorus like shimmering effect. Appreciating this we created such a companion for each articulation letting you control the amount of the detuning and the stereo width.
Besides the regular tools such as envelope (attack, decay) there is an EQ, a reverb and a delay as well as additional FX options such as octaver, drive, rotary or tremolo. This is perfect to quickly change and shape the entire sound of the Java Mallets.
In order to show the versatility and possibility to build textures there are 16 presets available. Each one stands for a different way of playing the Java Mallets.
Listen to some audio demos
What is a Javanese Gamelan?
Gamelan is traditional ensemble music from Indonesia based around mallet instruments, most commonly metallophones. For Java Mallets we been inspired by the Javanese styled tradition which is characterized by a softer nature.
How we did it
Searching for an opportunity to record we formed a cooperation with Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and their curator Hartmut Zänder to record their exhibits.
While the orchestra of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum consists of instruments that were build around 1900, the private collection of Hartmut Zänder contains modern built instruments which bring new colors to Java Mallets.
Gender / 5 Articulations
Java Mallets Walkthrough