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The Taishokoto is a Japanese acoustic instrument invented about 100 years ago. It consists of a long resonant box over which are strung a number of strings which are strummed by the right hand and "stopped" by a typewriter like keyboard with the left hand.
The Taishkoto has as many as 6 strings - the lowest of which are drone strings and are not "stopped" - usually tuned to G and perhaps a second drone tuned to D while the remaining strings are all tuned to G an octave higher. These higher strings have a characteristic sound produced by the slightly out of tune harmonics beating against each other.
For this rack I have multi-sampled a 6 string Taishokoto and set the samples up to give a pseudo "round-robin" effect so that each strum sounds slightly different. I've separated the drone so the relative volume of the note and drone can be adjusted and I've also made the drone tuneable so that the instrument can be easily played in any key.
Let me know if you enjoy this or use it in any of your music.
The Tashokoto is also know as Tashigoto or Nagoya Harp and is very similar to the Indian BulBul Tarang but usually made a lot more carefully.
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Cracking good stuff.
posted 9 years, 9 months and 13 days ago
Awesome. Thank you!
posted 9 years, 9 months and 1 day ago
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