Osiris is a simsimiyya sample library. The simsimiyya is a traditional lyre that has a long history in Egypt, dating back to ancient times. It is particularly associated with the religious traditions of the Sinai Peninsula. It is often used in religious ceremonies and celebrations, as well as in secular music, and it is known for its ability to create a hypnotic, trance-like atmosphere.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the simsimiyya, both within Egypt and around the world. It is increasingly being used in contemporary music, and there are many musicians dedicated to preserving and promoting this important aspect of Egypt’s cultural heritage.
The simsimiyya is traditionally made from wood, with a resonating body that is typically covered in animal skin. The strings are made from nylon or gut and are played by plucking with the fingers or picking them with a plectrum.
Up to 12 repetitions
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The instrument includes both plucked and picked sample sets, tremolo, ebow drone recordings, and a selection of percussive hits. Additional articulations provide layered combinations of the main sample sets. For example there is picked + ebow, tremolo + ebow, plucked + tremolo, etc.
Both the plucked and picked articulations feature a pitch bend variation that is triggered automatically by playing at a high MIDI velocity.
There is a dedicated retrigger key-switch that provides an easy way to play double notes or tremolo in real time.
Round Robin & Dynamics
The plucked articulation includes twelve round robin repetitions per note, while the picked articulation has six. Both articulations were sampled at three dynamic levels which are triggered by MIDI velocity.
Osiris is one of the few sample libraries available that gives you playable maqams (Middle Eastern modes). Its unique system lets you use key-switches or an on screen dial to switch between pre-programmed maqams.
The on-screen keyboard will update to show you which notes are playable in your selection and which note play a quarter tone lower.
There is also a key-switch that can will pitch down the next note played by a quarter tone. Allowing you to play your own authenticate Arabian scales on the fly.
You can read more about maqams in detail at maqamworld or play the audio below to hear examples of the most commonly used maqams.
GNU/Linux (Ubuntu 16.0 or later)
Windows 7 or later
MacOS 11.0 or later
Build for your OS from source
Host must support 64bit VST3 or AU
AAX (Pro-Tools) is not supported
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