Japanese virtual instrument developer Twinkle Disc has released Chicken, a free rubber chicken virtual instrument for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt.
This appears to be the same type of chicken used in a recently popular cover video which has brought Toto’s classic song “Africa” to a new generation of listeners. The download includes a monolithic NKI file, which means these sounds cannot be loaded into other samplers and must be used in Kontakt. You can use them for fifteen minutes at a time in the free Kontakt Player, or without any limitations in the full version of Kontakt.
Though only a 1.4 MB download, it’s been years since a mere 1.4 MB of samples has brought this much joy to humanity. The samples are mapped to velocity, but they are all equally loud, so playing the keys softly does not result in a softer sound. The difference is that the higher-velocity samples are longer. Some sounds are closer to an “o” vowel and others close to an “e”, but all offer a very aggressive take on the rubber chicken tone, making Big Marvel’s covers seem gentle by comparison. So, while there is no deep detail in the sampling here, there is plenty of power in the sound. The only available control is for the built-in reverb effect. We recommend checking out the demo on the download page.
The download link is in the middle of the Japanese page – if you have trouble finding it, take a look at the screenshot above. Twinkle Disc also has some commercial instruments with Nintendo sounds and a free Kontakt-based reproduction of the classic Roland JD-800 piano from the early 1990s.
Chicken is available for free download via Twinkle Disc (1.4 MB download size, ZIP archive, contains 1 instrument in NKI format for NI Kontakt).