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THE FREESK
Virtual Reed Flute for Electronic Wind Instruments or Keyboards

(Full version of NI Kontakt 4.1.1 or higher required)

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Four Hand-made Sicilian FlutesThe Freesk is a sample based instrument for NI Kontakt, emulating an ancient little flute of Sicily called Zufolo or, in Sicilian, Friscalettu.

To extend the limited range of this kind of flute the Freesk was made combining four zufolos tuned in different keys. These flutes were made by hand from very seasoned reeds. In particular the one tuned in A, that is the primary, was made with a hundred years old reed.

The Freesk is a very realistic and responsive virtual musical instrument, achieved with the typical care and attention to detail of the high end handmade instruments. Like the Suonopuro Bansuri, to be more realistic, it is a monophonic instrument, but it can perform two configurable parallel voices as used by great EWI player Michael Brecker.

It does not require complex configurations or problematic ways of playing: you just play your MIDI instrument and the virtual flute will do the legato and staccato, crescendo and diminuendo, piano and forte, vibrato, portamento, etc.
It can be used with any MIDI controller but it is specifically designed for two kinds of MIDI controllers: electronic wind instruments (like the Akai EWI or the Yamaha WX5) and keyboards.

 

The Freesk for keyboard

 

Features

·   Every note, and each legato and portamento interval, until the major ninth, was sampled at 24bit/48kHz.

·   Real time automatic recognizing of legato and staccato.

·   Flutter tonguing modality.

·   Innovative and flexible portamento (glide) system, sample based.

·   3 different ways to vibrate, all ultra-expressive and realistic.

·   Convolution reverb specifically designed for The Freesk.

·   4 round robin staccato attacks with multiple and gradual gradients from soft to marcato.

·   2 parallel voices at configurable intervals, as used by Michael Brecker.

·   3 and a half octaves range. The range was extended combining 4 zufolos.

·   Polyphonic Modality (NEW FEATURE 2015)

·   Perfect crossfade without hearing double notes (NEW FEATURE 2015)

 

System requirments  

NI KONTAKT 4.1.1 or higher FULL retail version. It is NOT compatible with Kontakt Player. You can open and run The Freesk in Kontakt player just for 15 minutes. After that the demo period of the player times out and you have to re-start and reload the library.

PC: Windows XP, 7, 8 or 10, Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM, low latency audio driver.

Mac: OS X 10.7 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM

200 Megabytes of free hard disk space

MIDI controller

 

Dynamic controllers for keyboards  

In the keybord version you can select how to control the dynamic, from pp to ff. It also affects the timbre and slightly the pitch of notes. You can choose between:

Dynamic controllers for keyboards

You may also choose to control the dynamic by Velocity (the speed of the key-press), as a common keyboard patch, but you can no longer do crescendos and diminuendos, and The Freesk will become less expressive.

 

The Freesk on action

Steve Tavaglione

Steve Tavaglione, multi-styled saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist and E.W.I. player, who has worked on various films and television shows including CSI and CSI:NY, wrote: "The Freesk sounds great!!! The breath was captured so beautifully. I will use this maybe even as soon as tomorrow."

Judd Miller

Judd Miller is arguably THE top EVI (electronic valve instrument) player in the world. He has performed on numerous big budget movie soundtracks and with the world's top recording artists like Michael Breaker, John Williams, Stewart Copeland, James Newton Howard, The Jellow Jackets and many others.
He wrote: "The Suonopuro Bansuri is so beautiful. Your creations feel so good to play. I just love playing your bansuri and freesk. really, really beautiful sounds."

 

How to obtain "THE FREESK + SUONOPURO RECORDER"

They are part of one package: BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE.

Take advantage of great promotional DISCOUNT of 15%

The Freesk and Suonopuro Recorder are part of a private collection that I'm going to give to everyone who supports my site www.suonopuro.it with a donation of at least € 75,00 instead of € 89,00 (save 15%).

To use it you need a FULL retail version of NI Kontakt 4.1.1 or higher.

 

Instructions:

  1. Make a donation of at least 75,00 euros using Paypal (payment is automatically converted to your desired currency):

          or by bank transfer to:

          Mr. Gioacchino Chimenti

          BANK: Unicredit 

          IBAN CODE: IT 75 F 02008 43490 000300573709

          BIC SWIFT: UNCRITM1K56

  1. Send an E-MAIL with your name, your e-mail and details of the payment made, to:

            e-mail

Within a few days you will receive an e-mail notification, containing the download link and the instructions.

 

How to use

Download the manual

Download the instruction manual

 

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