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Myst Sonic releases Chinese Zither-GuZheng

Myst Sonic Chinese Zither-GuZheng

Myst Sonic has released Chinese Zither-GuZheng, a sample library for Kontakt featuring a high quality wooden-type class Chinese Zither-GuZheng instrument.

Chinese Zither-GuZheng is an ancient Chinese plucking style instrument used since more than 2500 years ago. It is different from the Japanese Koto in that it has more strings and sound range, and has a larger wooden body. Because of its classic wooden harmonic structure, its sound is similar to a harp, but has even more lucidity and clarity.

Chinese Zither-GuZheng features

  • 24Bit 48HZ hight class type GuZheng recording with sample size fully optimised to save system resource while maintaining studio quality performance.
  • Multi body part and velocity layer sample take include bridge tone, body tone, and sound hole tones.
  • Just uni patch for multiple function control availably.
  • Assignable controller for realtime keymap switch between bridge tone and body tone.
  • Simulate Chinese Zither tremolo plucking technique trigger by midi keyboard.
  • Tremolo expression control by mod wheel.
  • Additional assignable controller for tremolo expression control.
  • Pick direction change control. ( when mod wheel value > 0, forward -> backward -> forward -> backward…..)
  • Each notes pitch changes independently under Virtual Bending Pitch Wheel System filter structure.

Chinese Zither-GuZheng is available for purchase now for 49 EUR.

Visit Myst Sonic for more information and audio demos.


Nine Volt Audio releases TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio has released TAIKO, a multi-sampled library of Japanese drums capable of an extensive range of sounds and impacts.

By combining theatre recordings with deep programming, a vast selection of patches and MIDI files, TAIKO offers composers a unique and easy-to-use set of tools for creating compelling drum performances.

TAIKO features

  • Recorded in a concert hall, capturing nagado-daiko drums with natural reverb from multiple microphone perspectives including close, stage, hall, and balcony. Stage, hall and balcony positions include left and right microphone perspectives for complete stereo images.
  • Recordings include left and right hand head hits, rim clicks, stick clicks, stomps, yells, shouts, growls and more.
  • Consists of over 4,800 recorded hits and 2.3 GB of content in 24 bit, 44.1kHz resolution. Users have access to all raw .wav files.
  • Contains nearly 250 patches with a palette of sounds ranging from minimal stick clicks to ensemble created sonic booms.
  • Includes over 75 MIDI performances, many with up to 16 parts, spread across 12 themes. Four of these themes are also featured in Action Drums: Taiko Edition. A matching Kontakt multi patch is included for each theme, pre-mixed for instant out-of-the-box composing.
  • In addition to having patches with dozens of velocity layers (90+ in some instances), TAIKO features advanced scripting that works behind-the-scenes to assist in the creation of realistic performances by affecting volume, tuning, randomness and ensemble tightness.
  • Includes a broad range of “ensemble constructor” patches. These present the most natural form of the recorded taiko into easy to use patches. Each taiko is broken down into elements by microphone position and articulation for maximum control of the mix.

TAIKO for Kontakt (v2.2.4.001 or higher) is available now for $149.99 USD.

Visit Nine Volt Audio for more information and audio and video demos.


Self-made tupperware instruments by ADACHI Tomomi

ADACHI Tomomi, born in Kanazawa, Japan in 1972, is performer, composer, sound poet, installation artist, and occasional theater director. He has made several sound installations and original instruments.

ADACHI’s self-made instruments are consists of simple electronic circuit, almost case built in tupperware. They never can make precise pitch, but have good sound and noise, easy to operate and carry and worked by battery.

Tomomin and Tomomin synthesizer
The Tomomin (left) and more complicated Tomomin synthesizer

The Tomomin, a simple monophonic oscillator device, has been used by Mike Patton, Omoide-hatoba and other musicians.

Check this page for more of Adachi’s instruments.

Link via Homemade Noize


Short links for October 24th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on October 24th, 2007:

Japanese Hiding Place (photo by Torin Boyd/Polaris)
Can you spot where the person is hiding? Hilarious and sad at the same time…
  • Gmail IMAP – Gmail now supports IMAP!
  • PlusDeck – Cassette-to-MP3 converter – Still have old cassette tapes worth saving? You can easily convert them to digital formats with plusdeckEX and plusdeck2c. (or just don’t be lazy and hook up your old cassette player to your computer…)
  • Chris Gilmour – Beautiful cardboard sculptures, including a typewriter, 12 speed bicycles, a grand piano, a coffee machine, and a life size car.