Felt Instruments: LEKKO - a character piano + tape-based sound design

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Post 30 Aug 2019

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Hi there! I'm extremely proud to announce LEKKO - an intimate upright piano sample library for Native Instruments’ Kontakt. There are basically two parts in this library - an upright piano that was recorded imperfectly through vintage analogue kit for maximum character and a collection of beautiful, textural sound design patches, exploring the world of tape and modular effects.

I was using Reason a lot in the creation of this library - both as a digital audio recorder, but also for some creative routing and sound design. If you'd like to know more about the process - I'm happy to share!

This is not the most deeply sampled piano ever with a gazillion mic positions. It has a particular sound that I happen to love. And I hope you will, too.

Available now at an intro price of £29 (going to £39 on September 12th).







SO WHAT WILL YOU GET?
  • Piano sustains (5xRR). Three dynamic layers (one recorded, two simulated).
  • Characterful shorts (5xRR), going through finger-muted samples to full ringing. Three dynamic layers.
  • Irregular tremolos performed at two intensities (freestyle, not synced to tempo or anything).
  • All acustic patches include key release samples, recorded across the entire keyboard (5xRR).
  • 6 sound design ‘Afterglow’ patches, created by processing the raw samples with a selection of outboard equipment and tape.
  • 14 ‘Layers’ patches, allowing you to create your own combinations of sounds taken from the ‘Afterglow’ section.
  • 7.26GB download (ncw loseless compression, 12.6GB original content). All samples recorded at 96kHz. Presented at 24 bit, 48kHz.
  • Beautiful interface inspired by 20th century avant-garde design.
  • Full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 required. This library does not work in the free Kontakt Player.

More info:
https://feltinstruments.com/Lekko
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Post 31 Aug 2019

I'm not a Kontakt guy and already have more pianos than I need (looking at you Pianoteq), but I like the way LEKKO sounds. :thumbs_up:
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Post 31 Aug 2019

Thanks I picked up the Walno the freebie. Beautiful website by the way.

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Post 01 Sep 2019

WillyOD wrote:
31 Aug 2019
I'm not a Kontakt guy and already have more pianos than I need (looking at you Pianoteq), but I like the way LEKKO sounds. :thumbs_up:
Yeah, it's pretty unique, actually! But I honestly can't decide whether I like the acoustic side of the library more or the sound designed one!

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Post 01 Sep 2019

miscend wrote:
31 Aug 2019
Thanks I picked up the Walno the freebie. Beautiful website by the way.
Thanks! I hope you'll enjoy this little patch as much as I do :-)

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Post 01 Sep 2019

Just a quick update - all downloads of Lekko and Wolno go through the Pulse app now. This basically means very fast downloads and hassle-free installation process. I've just finished sending the download codes to everyone who purchased Lekko. If you didn't get the email, please, check your spam folder and if it's not there, just get in touch at hello@feltinstruments.com

The e-mail also includes a link to patches with the pedal noise lowered. These come as default now with every copy of Lekko downloaded via Pulse.

Pulse links for Wolno will be out today as well.

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Post 02 Sep 2019

This looks, and sounds awesome but can someone please explain to me why some Kontakt instruments/libraries don't work in the free version of Kontakt? I'm just genuinely interested.

I've come across a few libraries now that I would totally buy, but they require the $600 Kontakt player to use. What's the limitation?

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Post 02 Sep 2019

Only libraries licensed by NI work in the free Player and that license costs, unfortunately. That's why most indie developers' libraries work in the full version only.

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Post 02 Sep 2019

Hey, thanks so much for the reply. I've actually asked this question directly to 2 other makers of Kontakt instruments and I've never received a response. I'll keep an eye out in case you bring this to any other formats ;)

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Post 03 Sep 2019

Felt Instruments wrote:
02 Sep 2019
Only libraries licensed by NI work in the free Player and that license costs, unfortunately. That's why most indie developers' libraries work in the full version only.
Yeah, it's a bit daft really. They give away a free player version of Kontakt but it won't work with most free libraries because of the above. Most people chasing the free libraries are unlikely to have the full version of Kontakt, because it ain't cheap. I suspect you'll find quite a few folks with free libraries using a less-than-legal version of Kontakt.

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Post 11 Sep 2019

Just a friendly reminder that the intro price ends tomorrow at midnight (CET)!

Lekko 1.1 is coming later this week.

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Post 11 Sep 2019

Steedus wrote:
02 Sep 2019
Hey, thanks so much for the reply. I've actually asked this question directly to 2 other makers of Kontakt instruments and I've never received a response. I'll keep an eye out in case you bring this to any other formats ;)
For future reference: If you own any Kontakt Player libraries, you can crossgrade to the full version of Kontakt for $125 during the 50% off sale that Native Instruments runs once or twice every year.

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Post 12 Sep 2019

esselfortium wrote:
11 Sep 2019
Steedus wrote:
02 Sep 2019
Hey, thanks so much for the reply. I've actually asked this question directly to 2 other makers of Kontakt instruments and I've never received a response. I'll keep an eye out in case you bring this to any other formats ;)
For future reference: If you own any Kontakt Player libraries, you can crossgrade to the full version of Kontakt for $125 during the 50% off sale that Native Instruments runs once or twice every year.
Ahh ok. Thanks, I'll keep it in mind.

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Post 12 Sep 2019

esselfortium wrote:
11 Sep 2019
Steedus wrote:
02 Sep 2019
Hey, thanks so much for the reply. I've actually asked this question directly to 2 other makers of Kontakt instruments and I've never received a response. I'll keep an eye out in case you bring this to any other formats ;)
For future reference: If you own any Kontakt Player libraries, you can crossgrade to the full version of Kontakt for $125 during the 50% off sale that Native Instruments runs once or twice every year.
Yup, that's what I did a few years back :-)

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Post 12 Sep 2019

NI just needs to change the way they sell Kontakt. It may never happen. They don't even sell it individually in stores anymore (outside of their own store).

The full version, for $399, should be geared only towards those creating instruments and libraries; for people who want full editing capabilities.

They can keep things the same with Kontakt Player and how library creators license to sell libraries for the free version of Kontakt Player.

But they can also introduce a paid-for, intermediate version of Kontakt—for those looking to purchase and play (but not edit) libraries. Call it Kontakt Player Pro or whatever...

Or they can just drop the price of Kontakt :puf_smile:

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Post 19 Sep 2019

After quite some time of intensive work, I'm excited to let you know that Lekko and Wolno were just updated to version 1.1. Here's a quick overview of what's changed:

  • There's now a second page on the interface that allows you to tweak the sound further (yes, including the much-requested sustain pedal volume!);
  • Another popular request was to introduce less CPU-heavy versions of the Afterglow patches. Well, here they are!;
  • It's possible now to select one of three echo types and three vintage reverb types. They were always included in the library but they were hidden behind the scenes and assigned on a per-patch basis during the sound design phase. Now you can make the choice yourself;
  • I've also captured one more vintage delay setting - sampled from a super-rare German BBD echo;
  • I've recorded some subtle performance noises for the library. There's a slider that allows you to dial them in - if you so desire;
  • The interface is more responsive and the knobs are smoother;
  • The folder structure is more tidy, making file navigation easier;
  • Some minor tweaks here and there;

The update is free so there's really nothing not to like about it ;-) All you need to do is to open the Pulse app, re-download the library and enjoy.

I can't wait to hear what you think!

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