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Model #: AV-Maasai
Manufacturer: Ancient Voices/Landau Music Group

Maasai - Traditional Tribal Music - Downloadable Kontakt Instrument

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Africa is the Root to all Music.

Sprung from ancient traditions and rituals, music has captured the souls and spirits of millions of people since the dawn of time. These deep roots of the origin of music are found best on the original motherland of the human race. “Africa”

Recorded on location deep within the Kenyan tribal village communities we discovered an unprecedented rich culture of rhythms and songs, and chants that capture your imagination. Scraping the surface of this vast cultural heritage Ancient Voices invested in producing a collection of samples that are unmatched in authenticity, realism, power and beauty.

Maasai is programmed for the full software version of Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) and Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01). Note: this library will not work in the free Kontakt Player.

Note on Maasai Ancient Voices Audio Demo by Russ Landau:
Not all vocals in the Survivor Main Title theme, "Ancient Voices", are part of the Maasai library, including but not limited to the Russian singers. The inclusion of the "Ancient Voices" audio demo is merely to demonstrate how Russ Landau used this collection within this particular piece. These demos are for demonstration purposes only and are not to be used without permission and a direct license from the composer.

In this first volume of Ancient Voices' special sample line we’ve enriched field-recorded, genuine, original ethnic music with a high mark of originality and usability.
The intelligent scripting and use of the Kontakt sample format makes this sample pool of live performed music and dance fit right in, or be the base to work from for your compositions and production. Emmy award winning composer (of the CBS TV Series “Survivor”) Russ Landau and Ancient Voices dive into the world of ancient African music.

Built in a single Kontakt patch, this new setup will give you the flexibility to construct your own instrument by selecting and adding groups of samples and simply dragging them to your midi keyboard. So, gone are the days that you had to weed through tons of patches.


Maasai by Ancient Voices Kontakt Interface Main View

Included in Maasai:
1. Vocals: (Boys & Girls Choir Umoja, Boys Village Choir, Female Village Choir, Kombe Choir, Maasai Hunting Chant, Maasai Male Singing, Male Village Choir, Shaman Singing, Girls Choir, Zulu Chant)
2. Ensembles and Tribe Ensembles: Kenyan Village music, Basoa, Hamuna, Lamawase, Momabassa Females, Momabassa Solo, Momabassa wind instruments, Momabassa Sung, Slum Kids Choir, Tribal singing, Weyambolo, Yesawe, Zambewe, Behi Vox and Drums
3. Drums & Percussion: Drum loops, Shabone No Vox, Swining Conga, Enigma Drum, Drumloop solo, Mombassa, Village Percussion
4. Instruments: Horn & Percussion combination, Abu Flute, Kambanane, Kambanane Large, Turkana Horn, Turkana Horn and Drums
5. Bonus files: Ukelele & Drums with choirs from the Haka library

Main view:

  • Red zones: (last added sub collection)
  • Blue zones: Maasai samples sub collection added
  • White zones: Empty zones

  • Patch Configuration: Remap function, speed adjustment knob and volume knob to balance the volumes between sub collections.

    Sample behavior configuration: Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release knobs.

    NOTE: These loops are not temposynced. You can change the speed by using the speed knob.

    Maasai by Ancient Voices Kontakt Interface Convolution View

    Convolution view: 4 Landau Music Group African theme IR’s

    All NKI patches have reverb applied to them by default. The convolution reverb can be bypassed when the amount is turned down to 0% by clicking on the left side “Wet Level” and turned down.

    Impulse Response Selection: by pressing the IR sphere another of the four available rooms is activated.

    Available IR’s:

  • Hut 1: Main African house centered stereo IR
  • Hut 2: Second African house centered stereo IR
  • Hut 3: African House centered stereo IR
  • Jungle: Outside recorded woody Jungle area stereo IR

  • Room Size slider: This compresses or stretches the impulse response in time. Click & drag on the right side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.

    Wet Level: Controls the level of the original and processed signals. 0% = bypass 100% = full signal. Click & drag on the left side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.

    Additional FX: Delay and EQ applied to the whole instrument. So each sub group will be influenced.

    Note: Traditional African tribal music is very different from western music due to its intensive performance, spontaneity, improvised character and typical tone distances combined with harmonies used in these recordings. Combining sample subcollections and embedding these in your compositions, sound productions or live performances, the full potential of this sample library can be unleashed.

    All files in 44.1 kHz , 16 Bit wave format.
    Programmed for full software version of Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) and Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01). Note: this library will not work in the free Kontakt Player.

    Download Info:
  • Your download file(s) will be available for 30 days after purchase.
  • x1 .zip file / x1 PDF manual. 1 instrument for Kontakt 4 (v4.2.4 and up) and 1 instrument for Kontakt 5 (v5.01 and up) - FULL Version of Kontakt is required. This library will not work in the free Kontakt Player.
  • approx. 1.12GB size (1GB compressed).

  • Contents

  • All files in 44.1 kHz
  • 16 Bit wave format
  • Programmed for full software version of Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) and Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01) in 64bit. Note: this library will not work in the free Kontakt Player.
  • You get 560+ samples. (1.12GB uncompressed) of downloadable content in a compressed 1GB zip file.

  • Content Overview:
  • Core samples: 1 instrument patch containing:
    1. Vocals collection (Males, Females, Children and combinations)
    2. Tribe Ensemble performances (instrument & vocals combined)
    3. Instruments (ensembles & groups)
    4. Drums & Percussion
  • 1 instrument for Kontakt 4 (v4.2.4 and up) and 1 instrument for Kontakt 5 (v5.01 and up) with 3 tab screens: Main View, IR, and a credits tab
    - Convolution reverb applied to the multi instrument to represent the original acoustic space. 4 impulses available
    - Landau Music Group clickable IR sphere design knob
    - Dynamic sample loading & purging for efficient memory usage
    - Customizable instrument grouping and mapping – build your own patches to suit your needs.
  • 560+ sampled looped samples. (1.12 GB sample content)
  • Sample selector: By clicking the sample selector you can browse through the full sample pool without loading new patches. Just click the set you’re interested in and Maasai will load all available sub collections. By pressing “add” you can appoint the sub collection to your preferred location on your keyboard. We’ve also built an auto preview when you click the subgroup. (1 sec feature).
  • Due to the recording style we’ve used (Field recordings), we captured the raw authentic sound from our musicians. These loops are perfectly zero-crossed looped. Some loops have alternate starting points to accomplish a ‘perfect’ loop. To compensate for the standard tempo syncing we’ve added a speed knob along with a quick remap function.
  • 4 impulse responses: 16 bit wave format. 3 Hut/Houses and one Jungle canopy IR
  • Interface installers for Mac, PC and manual instructions.
  • End Users License.
  • “Maasai” manual / reference documentation (PDF)
  • Artwork: “Maasai” dvd cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa

  • How to Install

    Please Note: You can download your files for up to 30 days after purchase.

    To download FREE EXTRACTION SOFTWARE for both Windows and Mac:
    Most PCs and Macs come with their own built-in extraction software that will open .zip files. There are also paid zip extraction utilities you can buy such as WinZip. If you don't already have zip extraction software and are looking for something free the following third-party tools are suggestions only and for you to use at your own risk:

    Click Here for MAC Extraction Software (BetterZip)

    Click Here for PC Extraction Software (RarZilla)

    How to install Your Kontakt Instrument:
    Ancient Voices instruments are accessible in Kontakt through the Browse button under the Libraries tab (please note that the Add Library button will not recognize these libraries).

    License & Usage Agreement:
    Click Here to download the Ancient Voices EULA


    Do I need a serial number, license or product key to activate Ancient Voices products?:
    No, all products are instantly ready for use without any time consuming and administrational organizing troubles.

    Should I register my product?:
    No, there is no registration required by Ancient Voices.

    Do I need the full version of Kontakt to use Ancient Voices products?:
    Yes. Maasai requires the full software version of Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) or Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01). This library will not work in the free Kontakt Player.

    Do Ancient Voices products support other formats?:
    Each product is created for its specific labeled formats. For this information please check the provided format descriptions on the product page. We in no way guarantee 100% compatibility when using any form of translation software. All sales are final and neither Alexander Creative Media nor Ancient Voices shall not be held responsible for importing said samples into a non-native sampler.

    Do You offer a return policy?:
    No. Because this is downloadable software that cannot be returned once purchased all sales are final. If you're unsure about purchasing, please contact us through our Contact Us page prior to purchasing.