Akkordica is a Virtual Accordion, Harmonica
and Melodica software that covers a wide range
of sounds, by combining the traditional accordion
performance and modern digital
functionality. Suitable for a wide range of musical
styles, be it traditional, popular or classical.
Available in VST 32 bit and 64 bit versions for Windows
as well as in Audio Unit and VST for macOS.
to change between the following instruments:
List of Preset Sounds /
Akkordica allows you to reproduce many different
accordion types (diatonic and chromatic) for various
genres of musical styles such as Folk, Rock, Blues,
Jazz, Polka, Tango, Bal-musette, Cajun, Zydeco,
Classical, Schrammelmusik, Klezmer, Levenslied,
Sevdalinka, Boeremusiek, Forró, Merengue, Cueca,
Milonga, Chamamé, Cumbia, Vallenato, Norteño, Tex-Mex,
Saltarello, Tarantella, Ceol, Basque Trikitixa and Inuit
The harmonica (known as a French harp or mouth organ)
comes with two modes:
natural and vibrato, to be used in many musical
genres, notably in blues, American folk music, classical
music, jazz, country, and rock and roll.
• ADSR envelope generator with Attack, Sustain, Decay
and Release parameters:
Attack determines the time it takes for the note to
get to the maximum level.
Decay determines the time it takes for the note to
go from the maximum level to the sustain level
(controlled by Sustain).
Sustain determines level the sound is played at
while the note is held (after the other envelope
states, Attack and Decay, have been completed).
Release determines the time it takes for the note to
fall from the sustain level to zero (silence) level
when it is released.
• Pitch Bend: The Pitch Bend knob directly changes
the pitch of the selected instrument.
Pitch Bend center position: is normal pitch.
Pitch Bend down: Specifies the amount of pitch
change that will occur when the pitch
bend/modulation lever is moved to the left.
Pitch Bend up: Specifies the amount of pitch change
that will occur when the pitch bend/modulation lever
is moved the right.
• Low-Frequency Oscillator Controls: These
knobs apply LFO modulation to the selected instrument. Use
the ‘Rate’ (Frequency) and ‘Depth’ (Amplitude) knobs to
adjust the LFO effect as required. By using the LFO to
modulate various aspects of the audio signal, you can apply
effects such as vibrato or tremolo.
• Virtual Reverb Room built-in: free variation of
acoustic ambience thanks to complete separation of
instrument and room. Small rooms can be modeled as well as
• Volume: Adjusts the volume of the instrument.
• Pan: Set the panning of the instrument. Adjusts the
stereo pan position of the signal output, which determines
how much of signal is sent to the left and right channels.
• MIDI CC
Automation: Implementation of MIDI Continuous Controller
parameters for use with external hardware control via DAW,
such as: LFO depth (CC#1), expression (CC#11), breath
controller for Harmonica, Melodica and Accordina (CC#2),
volume (CC#7), pan (CC#10), balance (CC#8), ADSR (Attack:
CC#73, Decay: CC#75, Sustain: CC#76, Release: CC#72) and
reverb depth (CC#91).
With Akkordica you can choose from a wide
selection of accordion, harmonica and melodica sounds,
playing and feeling the traditional sounds as well as the
new vast array built-in effects for the digital age.
Before you install VST Instruments & Effects, please make
sure your computer fulfills the following requirements:
Windows Operating System: Native dll file for Windows Vista, Windows 7,
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
x86 and x64 architecture (32-bit and 64-bit platforms).
500 MHz Processor (Pentium®, Celeron® AMD® or equivalent) minimum.
RAM: 512 MB or higher recommended.
VST compatible host / Digital Audio
Workstation DAW/ MIDI Sequencer:
This VST software can be "plugged in" to any host application that
supports VST Technology like: Image-Line FL Studio, Steinberg Cubase
Pro, Artist and Elements, Cakewalk by BandLab, Ableton Live, Cockos
REAPER, PreSonus Studio One, Acoustica Mixcraft, MAGIX Acid
Pro, MakeMusic Finale, Avid Sibelius, Mackie Tracktion, Steinberg
Nuendo, Magix Samplitude, Magix Music Maker, Cantabile (Lite, Solo,
Performer), n-Track Studio, VSTHost, DarkWave Studio, Bitwig, SAVIHost
MIDI Controller Device: A MIDI Controller is
required to play this VST instrument. The most common type of device in this
class is the keyboard controller. After launching the Digital Audio Workstation
or MIDI host application be sure to select the appropriate MIDI device before
attempting to play your MIDI controller. For users familiarized with Wind
Controllers like the Akai EWI USB, Akai EWI4000S and the Yamaha WX5 Wind MIDI
Controller or Yamaha BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC3a Breath Controllers via DAW / AUVST
host, it is highly recommended to test first the demo version available
here in order to check out its
compatibility and how it respond to breath control (CC#2) for Harmonica,
Melodica and Pianica presets and MIDI expression (CC#11) for crescendos and
soundcard is recommended for low latency real-time play.
Please test extensively the demo version of your selected product (s) in
your host to make sure there are no misbehaviors before
the Unregistered/Demo Version:
The AU and VST Plugins DEMO versions is only meant to give you a
taste of what is possible with this plugin in a limited range of an
‘C4-C5’ for harmonicas and melodica
‘white noise’, where Middle C equals C4.
Please be aware that we do not offer refunds. To determine
whether the software meets your requirements prior to purchase, we encourage
you to test the free demo of the software and read our License.
name Akkordica is a portmanteau of the German word 'Akkordeon'
(Accordion) and 'Melodica'.
Accordions (from 19th century German
Akkordeon, from Akkord—"musical chord, concord of sounds") are a family of
box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone
type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the
accordion is called an accordionist. The concertina and bandoneón are
related; the harmonium and American reed organ are in the same family.
The instrument is played by compressing or
expanding the bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing pallets to
open, which allow air to flow across strips of brass or steel, called reeds.
These vibrate to produce sound inside the body. Valves on opposing reeds of
each note are used to make the instrument's reeds sound louder without air
leaking from each reed block. The performer normally plays the melody on
buttons or keys on the right-hand manual, and the accompaniment, consisting
of bass and pre-set chord buttons, on the left-hand manual.
The accordion is widely spread across the
world. In some countries (for example Brazil, Colombia and Mexico) it is
used in popular music (for example Forró, Sertanejo and B-Pop in Brazil),
whereas in other regions (such as Europe, North America and other countries
in South America) it tends to be more used for dance-pop and folk music and
as well as in regional and is often used in folk music in Europe, North
America and South America. Nevertheless, in Europe and North America, some
popular music acts also make use of the instrument. Additionally, the
accordion is also used in cajun, zydeco, jazz music and in both solo and
orchestra performances of classical music. The piano accordion is the
official city instrument of San Francisco, California. Many conservatories
in Europe have classical accordion departments. The oldest name for this
group of instruments is harmonika, from the Greek harmonikos, meaning
harmonic, musical. Today, native versions of the name accordion are more
common. These names refer to the type of accordion patented by Cyrill
Demian, which concerned "automatically coupled chords on the bass side".
The advent of the accordion is the subject of
debate among researchers. Many credit C. Friedrich L. Buschmann, whose
Handäoline was patented in Berlin in 1822, as the inventor of the accordion,
while others give the distinction to Cyril Demian of Vienna, who patented
his Accordion in 1829, thus coining the name. A modification of the
Handäoline, Demian’s invention comprised a small manual bellows and five
keys, although, as Demian noted in a description of the instrument, extra
keys could be incorporated into the design. Numerous variations of the
device soon followed.
VST is a trademark of Steinberg Soft- und Hardware GmbH.
Pianica is a registered trademark of
Strasser Accordion is a trademark of
Harmonikaerzeugung Strasser GmbH.
Hohner Accordion and Melodica
are a trademark of
Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH.