Composer and keyboardist Benjamin Orth of Borth Audio has announced the release of Sticky Rain, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The library is based on 106 samples (@44.1 kHz/24-bit, stereo) of two rainsticks percussion instruments. Rainstick is an ethnic “non-chromatic” percussion instrument found in the Southeast Asia, Latin America and Australia. It is a long tube partially filled with small pebbles or beans that has small pins or thorns arranged helically on its inside surface. When the stick is turned upside down, the beans fall to the other end of the tube and the sound is reminiscent of rain falling.
The rainsticks used for the library were sampled with three different speeds (turning sticks upside down) and were additionally played as a shaker. The GUI is very simple with rainstick switch/selector and release time control. You can further process the sounds with the five effect modules: reverb, chorus, lo-fi, tremolo and vibrato.
As requirements, keep in mind that you need 140MB of free hard drive space, and of course, a full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.4 or above (the free Kontakt Player is not supported). Sticky Rain can be used for sound design but also for percussion lines, adding presence to drum patterns etc.
More information and download link can be found on Borth Audio website.