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For this edition of Balinese Gamelan, we provide three instruments that represent the three main structural elements of Balinese Gamelan music. For each of these we provide Original Pitch and Concert Pitch versions, (designated by OP or CP in the file name and separated to folders "Concert Pitch" and "Original Pitch"). If you want your music to sound like real gamelan, the Original Pitch is preferable. However, if you want to layer your gamelan with other western instruments, you might find Concert Pitch easier to work with. For each Instrument we provide both a simple and a "synth" version.
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USER’S MANUAL

The information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a
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Manual written by Dan Powell and James Thompson
Document Version: 1.0 (09/2009)
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Table Of Content
1 Introduction ......................................................................................................................5
1.1
The Core Instruments ..............................................................................................5
1.2 The Gangsa .............................................................................................................6
1.3 The Kettle Gongs .....................................................................................................6

2 The Kontakt Front Panels...................................................................................................7
2.1 Simple Instruments .................................................................................................7
2.2 Synth Instruments ...................................................................................................8

2.2.1
Tweak Page ...................................................................................... 8
2.2.2
Jammer Page ................................................................................... 8
2.2.3
Gamelan Pairs Page .........................................................................10
2.2.4
Tweak Control Page ..........................................................................10
2.2.5
Jammer Control Page .......................................................................11
3 More about the Gamelan Instruments ............................................................................... 12
3.1 The Core Instruments ........................................................................................... 12
3.1.1
Gongs ............................................................................................12
3.1.2
Calung, Panyacah and Jegog .............................................................13
3.2 The Gangsa ...........................................................................................................14
3.2.1
Ugal .............................................................................................. 14
3.2.2
Kantilan and Pemadé .......................................................................15
3.3 The Kettle Gongs ................................................................................................... 16
4 Kontakt KSP “Gamelan Retune” Script ............................................................................. 17
5 Credits ........................................................................................................................... 18
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1 Introduction
Welcome to Soniccouture’s Balinese Gamelan!
For this edition of Balinese Gamelan, we provide three instruments that represent the three
main structural elements of Balinese Gamelan music.
For each of these we provide Original Pitch and Concert Pitch versions, (designated by OP
or CP in the filename and seperated to folders “Concert Pitch” and “Original Pitch”). If you
want your music to sound like real gamelan, the Original Pitch is preferable. However, if you
want to layer your gamelan with other western instruments, you might find Concert Pitch
easier to work with.
For each Instrument we provide both a simple and a “synth” version.
1.1 The Core Instruments
These are the instruments that lay out the basic structure and melody, including the Gongs,
the Jegog, the Calung, and the Penyacah. In tradtional gamelan, the largest Gong will mark
the end of each cycle, and the Calung will play a simple version of the “core melody”.
The Jegog will double every other note of the Calung melody an octave below.
General y, in Balinese music, the lower the pitch the slower the instrument plays.
The Jegog, Calung, and Penyacah are doubled in detuned pairs. This produces a constant
beating effect, typcial of Balinese gamelan.
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1.2 The Gangsa
The Gangsa include the Ugal, Pemadé, and Kantilan. This are the busy elaborate instruments
that decorate the melody with fast interlocking patterns.
The upper Gangsa instruments are also in detuned pairs, again providing a shimmering
quality to the orchestra.
1.3 The Kettle Gongs
The Kettle Gongs include the Trompong and the Reyong. These instruments have various
functions depending on the type of gamelan in which they’re used. Sometimes they are used
for melodic decoration or solo passages, other times they can be used for very quick elaborate
parts, similar to the gangsa. The Kettle Gongs are not in detuned pairs.
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2 The Kontakt Front Panels
2.1 Simple Instruments
Front panel controls for simple Instruments
In each of the KONTAKT Instruments you wil find front panel controls for attack and release
times, which adjust those parameters directly. The Velocity and Timing knobs introduce a
slight randomicity to those parameters, helping to provide a “humanizing” effect.
In the Core and Gangsa Instruments you will also find knobs for adjusting the level and
panning for each instrument in the detuned pair.
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2.2 Synth Instruments
There are numerous controls In the synth version of each instrument as wel as several pages
with access to various parameters. These versions are better suited for sound manipulation
if you want to manipulate the gamelan beyond it’s natural sound.
2.2.1 Tweak Page
Tweak page
The Tweak page gives you knobs to adjust the LPF Filter, including cutoff, resonance, envelope
depth (FEG), FEG Attack and FEG Decay times. There are also knobs for a high pass filter
(HPF), the amplitude attack and release times, and a delay and reverb send. The reverb send is
in fact a convolution and you have a pul down menu with various different impulse responses.
2.2.2 Jammer Page
Jammer page
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The Jammer page provides control over a function quite similar to an arpeggiator. It’s similar
in that notes you hold down will be played automatical y; but which note will be triggered at
a given moment is randomly selected from those you hold down.
See the fol owing list for an explanation of the Jammer’s controls:

Jam ON enables or disables the Jammer effect. When the Jammer is on, all throughput
of MIDI is disabled, you only hear the output of the Jammer.

Time is a drop-down menu that al ows you to choose the repeat speed. This will always
sync to the tempo of KONTAKT or your host sequencer.

Double Hits wil trigger two notes on each repetition, as if you are playing with both hands
simultaneously.

MW Vel is a depth setting that al ows you to add or subtract velocity using the Modulation
wheel. This wil affect notes already held down so you can make swel s or fades while the
Jammer is already rol ing.

• The Randomize section al ows you to introduce randomicity to the notes as they are being
generated.
Randomize Velocity wil add or subtract a random amount of velocity for each note, up
to a maximum that you set. This is always in relation to the last played velocity you
triggered with your keyboard or sequencer.
Randomize Note wil add or subtract a random value for the MIDI note, which can be
useful especial y using the zoned Instruments.
Randomize Octave wil randomly add an octave or more (maximum 3) to the generated
notes. Note that Octave only introduces added octaves, not subtractions.
Randomize Timing is best used very subtly if you want to introduce a bit of “human
error” into the timing. At higher settings it’s a bit avant-garde.
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2.2.3 Gamelan Pairs Page
Gamelan Pairs page
The Gamelan Pairs page gives you access to the volume and panning for the two detuned
elements of the Gangsa or the Core instruments. It is not available in the Kettle Gongs
instruments since those are not detuned.
2.2.4 Tweak Control Page
Tweak Control page
The Tweak Control page al ows you to assign MIDI control ers to the knobs in the Tweak page.
This is useful if you have a hardware control er, or want to sequence changes to those parameters.
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