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Wavesfactory releases Guzheng virtual instrument for Kontakt

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Wavesfactory Guzheng

Wavesfactory has announced the release of Guzheng, a virtual guzheng instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Guzheng is a Chinese plucked zither, ancestor of several Asian instruments such as the Japanese koto, the Mongolian Yatga and the Korean gayageum. It has 21 strings and movable bridges.

Guzheng features

  • 5 articulations: fingers, pick, stick, bow and ebow.
  • Up to 4x round robin and 4 velocity layers.
  • Scripted realistic tremolo effect, control its velocity and intensity naturally and musically.
  • Pitch wheel affects to the last played note without affecting the rest, like in the real instrument when players press the string on the other side of the bridge to make pitch bend and vibrato.
  • 2.29 GB installed (Stereo WAV files, 44.1KHz 24bit).

The library is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / Guzheng

Kong Audio announces Chinee Orchestra Boxset

Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra Boxset

Kong Audio has announced that its Chinee Orchestra collection of sample-based Chinese traditional instruments will be available as a boxset shortly.

The boxset is currently is production. The disc will include the latest update to the instruments as well as the updated QIN engine player. Quite some instruments have been re-polished under the hood and are integrated with a new legato Extender module in the upcoming release, to provide a even more nuanced expressiveness to the instruments.

All of Kong Audio’s updates have been free for existing customers since 2005, and this upcoming update will be available as free download too.

Chinee Orchestra, powered by Windows native QIN RV 2.0 engine, contains 22 instruments, covering strings, plucked, percussion and wind instruments: ChineeWinds, ChineeKong V3, ErHu and ErHu II, NanXiao, GuZheng II, PiPa, MaTouQin, SuoNa, GuanZi, Sheng, YangQin, HuLuSi, GuQin, LiuQin, SanXian. Ruan, JinHu, ZhongHu, GaoHu, BanHu, Xun, BaWu.

More information: Kong Audio

Kong Audio updates ChineeXun + QIN RV 2.0 engine update for ChineeGuZheng Classic

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Kong Audio ChineeXun

Kong Audio has released an update for the freeware ChineeGuZheng Classic featuring the new QIN RV 2.0 engine, and an update for ChineeXun, the virtual Chinese ocarina instrument.

ChineeGuZheng Classic has an extensive sampleset which contains various types of tremolo, slide, Glissando, and strumming. It is the predecessor of the brand new ChineeGuZheng II. The free ChineeGuzheng Classic powered by the brand new QIN RV 2.0 engine is now available for download.
ChineeXun, the Chinese ocarina, has had the sampleset updated with fixes and modifications. This update is free for existing customers.

QIN RV 2.0 engine sports 16 MIDI and Audio channels with multi-timbral capability and can load multiple KAI instruments for easier project and resource management. Some features of standard QIN RV instruments are disabled in the free GuZheng Classic:

  • Velocity Mapping in Keymaps Editor disabled.
  • Keywsitch 2 and Keyswitch 3 Extenders disabled.

More information: Kong Audio

Soniccouture launches Exotic Percussion Sale – 50% off sample libraries

Soniccouture has announced a limited time promotion, offering 50% off 5 Exotic Percussion sample libraries.

Soniccouture Exotic Percussion Sale

50% OFF 5 GREAT PERCUSSION PRODUCTS – UNTIL FRIDAY 23RD DECEMBER – 7 DAYS ONLY

Simply enter the code for the product you would like :

Balinese Gamelan Composers Edition : GAMELAN50
The Skiddaw Stones : STONES50
Morpheus : MORPH50
Tingklik : TING50
Guzheng : GU50

Only one code can be used per purchase. Cannot be used with the current “Buy One Get One Free” offer. The offer ends 23 December, 2011.

More information: Soniccouture / Exotic Percussion

Kong Audio ChineeGuZheng Classic VST plugin now free

Kong Audio has set free its ChineeGuZheng Classic virtual instrument.

Kong Audio ChineeGuZheng
Kong Audio ChineeGuZheng

ChineeGuZheng Classic has an extensive sampleset which contains various types of tremolo, slide, glissando, and strumming. It is the predecessor of the brand new ChineeGuZheng II.

ChineeGuZheng Classic is now freeware. It’s the complete version with all the samplesets from the previously commercial version.

One unique feature that sets ChineeGuZheng Classic apart from other GuZheng libraries out there, is that it was performed using GuQin’s techniques. This subtle yet distinctive difference makes ChineeGuZheng Classic a collector’s item to any GuZheng/GuQin lovers!

ChineeGuZheng Classic is now available as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: Kong Audio / ChineeGuZheng Classic

Kong Audio announces Chinee Orchestra complete Chinese orchestra library

At Music China Expo 2011 in Shanghai, Kong Audio Software Technology announced the upcoming box set product: Chinee Orchestra.

Kong Audio

Chinee Orchestra contains 23 innstruments that covers the complete instrument list of the modern Chinese orchestra arrangement and it will be powered by QIN engine for Windows developed in-house by Kong Audio. This is the first ever complete Chinese orchestra setup in the soundware industry.

From its very conception, Chinee Orchestra is designed to meet the genuine Chinese native composers’ needs of a true-to-the-culture set of classic Chinese instruments that are proper for the professional standard. Kong Audio, having been developing Chinee Series since 2005 and have won many praises through out the world, have packed up everything in the Chinese Series, added new instruments, updated some instruments with brand-new recordings, molded everything into the powerful QIN engine, and finally, a solid, polished, easy-to-use, authentic sound from China emerges. A go-to tool for the daily work, is here.

Chinee Orcvhestra comprises 23 instruments, including: ChineeWinds, ChineeKong V3, ChineeErhu and ChineeErhu II, ChineeNanxiao, ChineeGuzheng II, ChineePipa, Matouqin, ChineeSuona,ChineeGuanzi, ChineeSheng, ChineeYangqin, ChineeHulusi, ChineeGuQin, ChineeLiuQin, ChineeSanXian. ChineeRuan, ChineeJinHu, ChineeZhongHu, ChineeGaoHu, ChineeBanHu, ChineeXun, ChineeBaWu.

The box set of Chinee Orchestra will be officially available in December. The retail price is to be announced.

More information: Kong Audio

Kong Audio announces Chinee Series QIN Edition, ChineeSanXian released + No-Brainer Deal

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Kong Audio has announced the Chinee Series QIN Edition, a major upgrade release of its entire product line.

Kong Audio Chinee Series QIN Edition

QIN (means “instrument” in Chinese) Edition is a major upgrade for the previously released Chinese Series instruments, powered by the Windows native QIN engine developed by Kong Audio.

QIN engine approaches sampler design with a layer of intermediary controls (called Extenders in QIN, there are 20 Extenders), helping sample developers as well as composers harnessing the advanced arrangement and manipulations of sample soundsets in a much more intuitive way without tapping into the scripting territory, yet still capable of producing complex and inspiring results.

Other than the change of sampler engine, Chinee Series QIN Edition also introduces the brand new ChineeGuZheng II to replace the old ChineeGuZheng; some instruments have bonus content added; all instruments have the presets remade to utilize the features of QIN engine. As the result, Chinee Series QIN Edition delivers a much better expressiveness and playability than before.

“We have made something that we are very proud of,” said Dongsheng Shan, the CEO of Kong Audio and the producer of the Chinee Series QIN Edition. “Even though QIN is still a work in progress which has many flaws, it has allowed us to finally create the actually playable – in an authentic sense – Chinese instruments the way we had in mind when we first started.”

Chinee Series QIN Edition features

  • Equipped with Windows native 32-bit QIN engine.
  • Comes with new and updated sample content, as well as new presets for all instruments, arranged and programmed by the top developer in the field.
  • QIN Edition allows access and arrangement of the soundsets, as well as the advanced processing using the Extenders, to the user.

The Chinee Series QIN Edition instruments are available to purchase separately or in several bundles (prices excl. discounts):

  • Kongplete – 15 instruments, $952 USD.
  • Essential China – 6 instruments, $396 USD.
  • Instant China – 3 instruments $216 USD.
Kong Audio ChineeSanXian

Kong Audio has also announced the release of ChineeSanXian: “The Banjo from the East”.

SanXian (literally means “3 strings”) can be traced back to Qin dynasty, 3rd century B.C. It is mostly known to the West thorough its Japanese decedent, samisen. SanXian’s sound character is a bit similar to Banjo.

SanXian comes in a several sizes, the big SanXian can be a tough challenge for short musicians. Even though SanXian has always been a vital component in the Chinese music, in modern times people inclined to learn other instruments over it for various reasons.

SanXian is still widely used in all kinds of folk musical acts and performances everywhere. Nowadays in the Shanghai area, a revived form of performance, PingTan, is usually performed as a duet of a PiPa and a SanXian. Appreciating this kind of local forms of musical performances characterizes that China is, once again, embracing her own historical music tradition.

ChineeSanXian captures and recreates SanXian faithfully and is powered by the new Windows native QIN engine.

ChineeSanXian features

  • 229 MB crafted and arranged sample soundsets.
  • Powered by the all-new Windows native QIN engine.
  • Windows XP/VISTA/Windows 7. 1GB RAM. Pentium 4.3GHz CPU.
  • Works in VSTi compatible hosts.
  • All samples are recorded in 1-bit/2.8 MHz.

ChineeSanXian is available to purchase for $60 USD.

Coinciding with Kong Audio’s launch of Chinee Series QIN Edition, a 20 bucks no-brainer time-limited discount offer of ChineeGuZheng II is announced.

ChineeGuZheng II is newly released upgraded version of ChineeGuZheng, the sampled recreation of Chinese zither, with brand new sample content, powered by the advanced sample arranging features of the QIN engine. ChineeGuZheng II is much more detailed and much more alive than its predecessor.

Normally the price tag for ChineeGuZheng II is 60 USD. And now, with just 20 USD, composers can access one of the best GuZheng instruments available, and have the characteristic Chinese element at disposal.

The no-brainer promo is available until June 14th, 2011.

More information: Kong Audio

Best Service releases Gu Zheng by Yellow River Sound

Yellow River Sound Gu Zheng

Best Service has released Gu Zheng, a virtual gu zheng instrument by Yellow River Sound.

Gu Zheng is one of the most beautiful, traditional Chinese instruments with a history of more than 2000 years. The modern Gu Zheng is a Chinese plucked zither equipped with 21 strings and movable bridges. Basic playing styles include plucking at the right porti on and pressing at the left portion to produce pitch ornamentations as well as tremolo. Yellow River Sound´s Gu Zheng is produced by Zhang Jian (China Conservatory of Music) & Ma Jing (ADSH) in cooperation with Best Service. For the first time, a Chinese instrument was sampled with great care by local Chinese music producers, who have a natural understanding of their culture and a sole passion to express the true quality of Chinese instruments.

Using the Best Service ENGINE sample player technology, this virtual instrument offers more detailed articulations than ever. Its freshness and elegance reflects the preserved spirit in Chinese culture. While many virtual instruments are involved in the loudness war, YRS Gu Zheng’s low velocity samples allow you to experience the sound of silence, nevertheless, its wide dynamic range also provides punchy impact. With the release of YRS Gu Zheng and more instruments to follow, Chinese instruments will no longer be a sub-category in your ethno library. Long hidden treasures will be rediscovered. Just listen to the demos, they are pure MIDI arrangements and experience the virtual Gu Zheng you’ve always dreamed of!

Gu Zheng features

  • 1.6GB sample library, multi samples on every single velocity layer.
  • Most detailed articulations never available before, up to 5 velocity layers, 3 different tempos of bend up/down etc.
  • Sampled from a famous, custom design Gu Zheng.
  • Recorded at the China Conservatory of Music using Direct Stream Digital Technology and 5 microphone positions.
  • 24bit / 44.1kHz sample playback.
  • One shot single notes on most layers, emulate the real performance.
  • MIDI files and audio phrases included.

Yellow River Sound Gu Zheng is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at 119 EUR.

More information: Best Service / Gu Zheng