September 12, 2023
Blog by Thomas Lack
Hot off the heels of the Harmonium, we’ve got another “world” instrument out today! And like the Harmonium, the Santur has a diverse origin, although it is most commonly associated with the Balkans today. Playing these world instruments in Soundpaint is really fun - not only do you get a really finely detailed reproduction of the acoustic instrument, but the programs explore so many other possibilities: ambient synths, dark soundscapes, bell tones, and many more.
I have a soft spot for hammered dulcimers, so I’m quite pleased to see this instrument in Soundpaint. One of my other favorite instruments in the Cimbalom Ensemble, a set of 6 Cimbaloms playing together in one hall. Compared to that, the Santur obviously has a more intimate sound (being a solo instrument) that explores lighter timbres. The 3 mallets differ more in color than one might expect, as do the 2 microphones - so there are a ton of combinations to dial in the perfect sound.