Kong Audio has announced the release of BianZhong BZ Bells, a sample-based App for iPad capturing the captivating set of ancient Chinese bronze Chime-bells lost in time till a few decades ago.
The biggest bronze chime-bells set ever found in China, ZengHouYi’s (Marquis Yi) BianZhong (Chime-bells) has become a sensational Chinese national treasure since its excavation in 1978. Created about 2400 years ago, its unique oval design made each bell to have two tones. BianZhong Chime-bells were used for ritual and festival activities in the court of the feudal lords and kings during the Autumn and Spring/Warring States period (5th Century BC).
Sampled on-site at HuBei Chime-bells Orchestra, the serene and timeless sound of BZ Bells transports you right back to the Chinese palace at the beginning of the Chinese civilization.
BianZhong BZ Bells features
- Sampled from the exact bronze replica of ZengHouYi BianZhong at HuBei Chime-bells Orchestra.
- Switchable between playing three racks individually, or playing them all on one page.
- User can reverse the order of each rack when each rack is played separately.
The app is available for purchase for $0.99 USD.
More information: Kong Audio / BianZhong BZ Bells
Kong Audio has announced the release of Chinee Orchestra SE (Standard Edition), a collection of 27 classic Chinese instruments, plus one set of Chinese percussion.
The Standard Edition is a streamlined version of the highly praised Chinee Orchestra Full Edition.
Simplified, but not simple
Even though COSE comes in with a smaller content, it now has a more affordable price tag. Also, Kong Audio has put in lots of efforts into creating COSE as a practically useful tool for composers as well as teachers and students. All presets in COSE are created afresh with care, and it also utilized the features of QIN engine player heavily in order to make the instruments sound alive.
Users can customize COSE presets at will and make use of QIN engine’s Extender system to make multis, keyswitches, aftertouch/modwheel triggering, and much much more.
A Chinese Sound Palette for Everyone
COSE extensively covers the most common instruments used for composing Chinese music. Get inspiration from a vast range of sound of the East. Learn to incorporate the Chinese elements into your work. Or simply keep some rare sound in stock just in case you may need it.
Chinee Orchestra SE features
- Winds: Bangdi, BaWu, DongXiao, GuanZi, HuLuSi(X2), NanXiao, QuDi, Sheng, SuoNa(X2), Xun.
- Plucked: GuQin, GuZheng, LiuQin, PiPa, Ruan(X2), SanXian.
- Stringed: BanHu, ErHu(X2), GaoHu, JingHu, MaTouQin, ZhongHu.
- Percussion: YangQin, Chinese percussion set.
Chinee Orchestra SE for Windows (VST) is available for $119 USD. A demo version can be download from the product page.
More information: Kong Audio / Chinee Orchestra SE
Kong Audio has announced Chinee Orchestra SE, a collection of 27 Chinese instruments, plus one set of Chinese percussion.
The Standard Edition is a streamlined version of Chinee Orchestra Full Edition, with a much smaller size and a more affordable pricetag.
“The result is satisfying,” says DongSheng Shan, CEO of Kong Audio, “even though it seems like a simple library, it actually is gorgeously expressive, thanks to the use of QIN engine’s Extenders.”
Shan says Kong Audio’s design philosophy has always been to keep the size down and make the instruments as slick as possible, while keeping it expressive. This old school approach is especially manifested in the creation of Chinee Orchestra SE.
“What is interesting is that a simplified instrument actually sounds more closer to being an ideal instrument. So we believe even the professionals may prefer to use this Standard Edition than the Full Edition sometimes,” says Shan.
Chinee Orchestra SE is scheduled to be released in February, 2014.
More information: Kong Audio
Kong Audio has announced a limited sale on its Chinee Series Big Winds Pack bundle.
For a limited time (till Jan 17, 2014), Chinee Series Big Winds Pack, which includes 8 types of instruments (17 recorded instruments in total) can be had with a special promo discount: instead of $338, the whole pack is only $269 (20% off) now!
Not only you get Kong Audio’s flagship product ChineeWinds, you also get the most comprehensive Chinese wind collection on the market. Don’t miss out!
Chinee Series Big Winds Pack features
- ChineeWinds: Flutes Hors D’oeuvre. Contains 8 different flutes, most importantly different DiZi’s.
- NanXiao: The Flute of Melancholy.
- SuoNa: The Stentorian Brass.
- GuanZi: The Pipe of Tristesse.
- Sheng: The Mouth Organ of Concord.
- HuLuSi: The Riveting Bottle Gourds.
- BaWu: The Free-Reed of China.
- Xun: Ancient Errie Ocarina.
The sale ends January 17th, 2014.
More information: Kong Audio
Kong Audio has announced a Computer Game Music Contest in collaboration with MIDIFAN.
- An original music(no longer than 10 min) for one(or mixed together) of the three following scenes:
- combat/fighting scene.
- ballad/serene scene.
- thriller/intense scene.
- Must contain at least one recognizable Chinese instrument.
Awards: The top 3 winners get a box version of Chinee Orchestra (retail $690) and a trophy.
The contest ends September 15th, 2013.
More information: Kong Audio / Computer Game Music Contest
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