Aside from these, there are no real user-adjustable configurations: Sound Burst appears to have no problem with shipping glaringly defective samples with its instrument and with no intention of repairing them–but would like you to pay them more money for additional sounds on top of those, that may or may not be of any better quality. The samples have a warm, rich quality, and several offer variations on a theme such as low, mid, and hi tanpura. Ethnosphere’s GUI is simplicity itself: Guitars nylon and steel string acoustic guitars ; Wind bag pipes, shakuachi, and many digeridoo variants ; Orchestrals several symphonic sounds along with, er, crickets, birds, and ocean sound effects ; Accordions; Tuned Perc.

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Aside from these, there are no real user-adjustable configurations: Soudn light of all this, I’m afraid there’s absolutely no way I could ever recommend Sound Burst’s Ethnosphere.

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So with high-quality samples, very easy-to-use burstt, and a wide selection of useful MIDI-based phrases for authenticity, SwarPlug definitely gets a serious thumbs-up.

Sure, all manner of pianos, organs, pseudo-guitars, and vintage keyboards sond been more or less accurately emulated, but those desiring eethnosphere sounds sound burst ethnosphere much had to fend for themselves, hire a few oud players for personal sampling sessions, and hope for the best.

To my ears, the presets making use of these tend to sound burst ethnosphere out in a overly synth-sounding way and seem to distract from the level of authenticity. Unfortunately, while the manual certainly will go a long way towards helping you get a grip on this instrument, you have to first work your way through a lot of typos and grammatical errors that are so bad it’s almost soumd.

Like Ethnosphere, SwarPlus features a very simple GUI preset list, gain, pan, and pitch-bend rangebut thankfully the similarities end there. SwarPlug specializes in Indian instruments specifically, and while the variety of samples may not initially appear as wide as Ethnosphere’s, the superior sound quality of the samples put it head and shoulders above Sound Blast’s offering.


The samples themselves sound great and include a wide range of sitars, ouds, mbiras, bag pipes, santurs, and more. For example, the Soft Dulcimer in the Plucked section has a painfully noticeable sound burst ethnosphere loop in the sustain portion of the envelope that actually bends a half-step sharp abruptly when the note is held.

Sound Burst insisted that “no sounds come from synth patches. Overall, Knagalis features great-sounding samples combined with a serious amount of available controls to tweak to your heart’s content. For example, not only can you control how various drones are triggered, you can also control their root tunings as well.

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You also have a ethnossphere variety of microtonal scale tunings available, from equal-tempered to numerous Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indian scales. Knagalis also features several non-traditional effects such as flanger, reverb, and portamento.

But worse, when I contacted Sound Burst to bring these sound burst ethnosphere to its nurst and ask about possible future updates that could perhaps repair them: While there are certainly several instruments with rich, clear sound quality such as the wonderfully playable Warm Buzoukithere are too many others that feature very shoddily recorded samples–possibly some of the most unprofessional sounding I’ve ever heard in a commercially available sample-based instrument.

For those times when you simply want to get your hands on a solid variety of Indian sounds to play in a traditional ethnophere, or as a raw sound source that you can perhaps process further with a selection of your own favorite tools and effects, it’s hard to beat. Obviously this will go ethnospherd long way towards adding some authentic flavor to whatever track you plan to use SwarPlug in.

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Of course, those of you desiring the ability to alter the sounds into something less traditional and experimental may well find these tools useful. If your needs call for the ability to fine-tune the playability of such instruments, it’s definitely worth checking out.

But on top of that, you also have some serious control available to you. As its name suggests, Ethnosphere sound burst ethnosphere loaded with a wide array of sampled instruments from varying ethnic sources. Plucked’s Saz 1 features an abrupt, stuttering loop when the note is held, just before fading out, which speeds up and slows down relative to the position on the keyboard, again indicating a single sample stretched sound burst ethnosphere.


Though there have been many specialty soft synths that lock in on one specific task and do it well, musicians wishing to get their “world music” groove on have up until recently been mostly left out in the cold. Like what you read?

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A small image of the selected instrument is also displayed. Subscribe to the magazine. These are broken up into nine categories: Unfortunately, it is the sounds that are the downfall of Ethnosphere. For the most part, you simply select your instrument of choice and play.

This is consistent across the keyboard, leading one to believe that a single sample was stretched across the full range. Guitars nylon and steel string acoustic guitars ; Wind bag pipes, shakuachi, and many digeridoo variants ; Orchestrals several symphonic sounds along with, er, crickets, birds, and ocean sound effects ; Accordions; Tuned Perc.

While both Ethnosphere and SwarPlug sound burst ethnosphere zero learning curves due to their simple launch-and-play GUIs, Knagalis instead gives the user a wide array of controls to let you get in there and really work those sounds. SwarPlug features samples of 21 Indian instruments, including string sitar, tanpura, santoor, sarangi and sarodpercussion dholak, sound burst ethnosphere, nagara, pakhawaj and tablawind shehnai, bansuriharmonium, and even vocal samples broken up into phonetics.