What makes it different?

standard sampled strings work like this: you press a note and then try to bring it to life using automation or mod wheel. for blisko, I took a different approach - every note is a long, evolving performance with a constant sense of motion. These performances are grouped not by their volume, but by the intensity of the movement.

the instrument was designed for textural as opposed to melodic writing. There are no standard articulatons (easily found elsewhere), there’s no control over vibrato and the notes mostly have a very slow-burning quality. However, this is what makes it sound so good. The samples were performed by an amazing multi-instrumentalist, marta zalewska. You can think of it as a collaboration - you decide how dense the performance should be, and she delivers all the magic. There’s no need to spend ages trying to breathe life into static samples. It’s already in the recordings.

plus, since it was recorded with an amazing vintage signal chain, you don’t need to sweat over processing the sound either.

And yes, there is noise, because - contrary to what we’re made to believe - it’s there where you record stuff. If you were wondering why most sampled instruments sound like liquid plastic, this is it - noise reduction sucks the tone and life away. If you hate noise, I’m sure there are other instruments that will fit your needs better.

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