Traditional Drones & Shruti-sizer
The Shruti Box is a traditional Indian instrument which works on a system of bellows. It is a keyless version of the harmonium, which was invented for the specifc purpose of producing drone sounds.
On the front it has 12 valves to control the pitch. The instrument is generally used to accompany other instruments in rehearsal sessions or concerts of classical Indian music. But the shruti box is
enjoying a renaissance in the West amongst traditional and contemporary musicians who are using it for a range of different styles.
We carefully sampled the individual notes, even the noises which are produced by the bellow and paid special attention to capture the unique character of a Shruti Box which can described as rough and vibrant.
Traditionally the Shruti Box has a range of 13 notes which we expanded up to 3 full octaves. In order to get a realistic Shruti sound and enrich the sound with vividness we provided two kinds of pump action which
can be switched on separately. We also added distortion, chorus and a rotary simulation to shape the sound as well as a special sustain mode which will play an endless drone. All these features are giving the Shruti Box
nice options to shape the sound.
But that ́s not all! We thought how could we push the Shruti Box forward to much more versatility?And that ́s why invented the Shruti-Sizer:
If you turn around the Shruti Box you are getting to a complete different interface which has nothing to do with the traditionally Shruti Box. It reminds you to an old synthesizer look with knobs, symbols and an oscilloscope. It is a complex LFO modulation section. You can modulate several parameter by four different wave forms with a variable speed. It puts the Shruti Box to another level and lets you create individual pad sounds an even constantly evolving rhythmic textures.
The result of it all is a unique instrument and a perfect supplement to the Cinematique Instruments family.
Listen to Shruti Box
|Phettos||2 x Shruti and lots of CI :)
Phettos, Shruti Box solo
|Score, © by EvG|
|Calm Land||Shruti and Urpright Piano||Score, © by Adi Goldstein|
|Strakes||3 instances of the Shruti Box and additinal Harp and Percussion||Score, © by Hinnerk Hamann|
|Fabulous Mountain||2 x Shruti Box, Ensemblia and Cement||Score, © by EVG|
Part one, the basic function
Part two, the shruti-sizer and a run through the presets.