Acclaimed UK composer and multi-instrumentalist Dirk Campbell has sampled every instrument in his extensive ethnic wind collection, bringing you the evocative sounds of many rarities like the Bansuri (Indian flute), Turkish and Persian Ney flutes, Kaval (Southeast European flute), African flute, Suling Slendro and Suling Pelog (Javanese flutes), Irish Penny Whistle, Irish Low Whistle, Fujara (Slovakian Contrabass Whistle), Japanese Shakuhachi, Andean Panpipes, Armenian Duduk, Indian Shenai, Egyptian Zummara, Turkish Zourna, Gaida Bagpipes (Greek and Bulgarian, three types), Irish Uilleann pipes (three types), Scots Highland pipes, Medieval Praetorius Bagpipes, Turkish Tulum, Arabian Mezoued, Cretan Askomandura, Czech Dudy, Nafir (Moroccan trumpet) and African Kudu Horn.
The flutes range from sweet and delicate to eerie, breathy and complex, evoking the beauty, stillness, depth and mystery of the natural world. In contrast, there are the wild, strange and stirring timbres of ethnic reed instruments, bagpipes and African horns. Dirk’s personal samples are supplemented by an Andean Panpipe player and a top Shakuhachi master.
The library’s strength lies in its articulations as well as straight notes. There are up and down bends, various types of grace notes, and authentic phrases and performances. These can be combined easily to provide a very realistic delivery, sounding just like a real player. To avoid tuning clashes, all samples are presented at concert pitch; alternatively, if you prefer to hear the instruments in their purest form, ‘raw’ programs have been supplied which demonstrate the native tuning, scales and ranges. There are also atmospheric programs which work well for pads and textures.
World Winds is a must-have for film, TV and media composers, World Music, Rock, Pop and contemporary Classical composers and performers, creative keyboardists and programmers, and anyone with an ear for great instrumental sounds!