The Bulgarian kaval is deeply intertwined with the shepherd’s way of life in Bulgaria. Shepherds often played the kaval while tending to their flocks in the picturesque Bulgarian countryside. The haunting and melodious tunes of the kaval not only provided entertainment during long hours of solitude but also served as a means of communication among shepherds across the vast landscapes.
The kaval’s soothing melodies were believed to have a calming effect on the sheep and goats, helping shepherds in their daily tasks. This instrument has, therefore, become a symbol of the shepherd’s pastoral lifestyle and an integral part of Bulgaria’s rural musical tradition.
The kaval is crafted from a single piece of wood, typically apricot, plum, or boxwood, it features a simple design consisting of an open-ended tube with eight finger holes and a thumb hole. Musicians play this flute-like instrument by blowing air across the top, producing a hauntingly beautiful sound that is both melancholic and enchanting. The kaval has been integral to Bulgarian folk music for centuries, adding its unique timbre to traditional melodies and dances, making it a cherished symbol of the country’s musical identity.
Infinite Variation Engine
Phase Aligned Dynamics
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- 8 recorded articulations.
- Endless variety and ornaments through your performance.
- Infinite variation engine.
- Playable legato, trills, and portamento
- Up to 3 phase-aligned dynamic layers
- Dynamic vibrato control
- Idiomatic articulations
- Low CPU and RAM usage
- M1 native support
About the Library
The Shepherd’s flute was recorded in a smallish studio in Sofia, Bulgaria, using a single microphone. This approach gives the recordings a cosy and personal ambiance, almost as if you were right there in the room with the musician.
In keeping with Libre Wave’s style, these samples boast minimal natural reverb, affording you the freedom to apply your own effects and shape the virtual sonic environment to your liking.
One of the standout features of this library is its “performance” articulation. This interprets your playing in real-time, generating lifelike legato transitions, trills, attacks, ornaments, and glides, delivering an unparalleled level of expressiveness.
The sustain samples have been meticulously looped and phase-aligned, resulting in seamless and smooth transitions devoid of any unwanted artefacts.
Alongside the three recorded round-robin (RR) for most of the short articulations, the instrument incorporates Libre Wave’s infinite variation engine. This operates in the background, enhancing realism through a blend of techniques that introduce subtle, continuous variations to every note, ensuring an ever-evolving musical experience.
GNU/Linux (Ubuntu 16.0 or later)
Windows 7 or later
MacOS 10.14 or later
Runs in the free Rhapsody player
Host must support VST3 or AU
AAX (Pro-Tools) is not supported