Dream Audio Tools are known for developing small budget libraries with high value. The minimalistic GUI design focuses on the main parameters of the library, without distracting from your work as composer. As those Italian developers never seem to sleep, I got the opportunity to take a closer look at their latest library, Indie Bouzouki.
What is Indie Bouzouki?
Indie Bouzouki is a sample based library and virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt. Indie Bouzouki features the autenthic feeling of an Irish Bouzouki (you read that right), played with a plectrum. The library features fully payable patterns (straight and triplets feel), sustained tones, round robin, hammer-ons, chords, and noises/effects spread over 39 Kontakt patches. The whole library was designed for adding a folk flavour to any musical style, from Rock to Pop and Cinematic.
- Tempo synced
- All samples are 24bit/44.1Khz
- 1.2 GB sample weight
- A comprehensive choice of Fully playable patterns (straight feel and triplets feel), Sustained patches, Hammer-ons, Strummed chords, Noises
- Patches can be layered for unlimited combinations and arrangements
- 39 .nki patches
- Low memory usage, Laptop ready
- Designed effect variations activable (Chorus, Delay, Flanger, Reverb)
- Modulation/Pitch wheel controlled behaviours
- Full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.3 or above is required
- Delivered as digital download
- Price tag: €24.90
After purchase, you will be able to download the installation file. Once unzipped, open your file browser in Kontakt and load your patch of choice from the Instruments folder. As is the case with all the libraries offered by Dream Audio Tools, Indie Bouzouki needs the full retail version of Kontakt, and it will not appear in the libraries tab pane. It can be added, however, to the Quick Launch menu instead.
As I’ve come to expect from Dream Audio Tools, the sound of the library is superb. It is clear, brilliant, and well recorded, and the patches are well programmed and mapped. As usual, Dream Audio Tools provides simple enough patches – which I really love, since they don’t distract from actual composing with too much fiddling. This is one of the most important features to me in a library, besides its sound. And I am always amazed that they consistently and successfully follow this path.
As words can’t fully explain how things really sound, we will, as always, have a listen to the excellent demo tracks of Indie Bouzouki:
Well I have to admit, as always, I like Dream Audio Tools, and I like Indie Bouzouki. It is one of those small little helper libraries that I will always use, sometimes as a main voice, and sometimes as a layering tool. Tools that help you maintain a fast workflow without distracting you with tons of features – these are things I personally look for, and Dream Audio Tools seem to know this well. I can’t explain how else they always cater to my taste! For €24.90, this little library is truly a no brainer.