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NUSofting has released version 1.0 of Marimka VSTi for Windows.

Marimka is a virtual instrument that is targeted to ethnic folk sounds, in this case marimba and balafon. Marimka is also capable of other percussive sounds like frame drums.

Marimka is not merely an acoustic emulation, at extreme settings it reveals a strong synthetic timbre, so it's also very nice for hybrid textures. Despite the few controls you see on the GUI, the range of different percussive sounds is huge.

Marimka is shareware; version 1.0 is freely downloadable as a trial, but for regular use a license is necessary, available at the low price of $19 USD. Moreover, the license purchase will also allow the users to receive free updates and support for the Marimka VSTi.

Planned updates will include more presets and new features.

Marimka Controls:
EG attack: from hard to soft mallet
EG decay: note duration
EG tune: pitch sweep
FM tone: to add harmonics
Pitch Fine: fine tuning
Pitch Octave: octave transpose
Volume: output level
Bypass Limiter: to turn on/off the internal limiter
Resonators Plate amount: to adjust resonance decay
Resonators Gain: the audio level of the Resonators
Resonators Width: the pitch of the Resonators
Ping-Pong Delay: stereo delay effect synced to VST host BPM

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