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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.

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Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra bundles 23 classic Chinese instruments

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Kong Audio has announced the release of its Chinee Orchestra, a set comprising of 23 classical Chinese instruments covering the complete instrument list of a modern Chinese orchestra arrangement, powered by the in-house developed QIN RV 2.0 engine for Windows.

From its very conception, Chinee Orchestra is designed to meet Chinese composers’ needs for a true-to-the-culture set of classical Chinese instruments that are proper for the standard professional workload. Kong Audio, having been developing Chinee Series since 2005, have packed up everything in the Chinese Series, added 8 new instruments, and updated, molded everything into one the powerful yet easy to use authentic tool. Chinee Orchestra is for work, and is for fun as well, as the sound from a different civilization can be simply inspiring.

The focus of the Chinee Orchestra, other than the much lauded ChineeWinds, ChineeKong and ChineeErHu, is the new ChineeErhu II. Special attention has been dedicated to ChineeErHu II’s design: a different take on the recording for a clearer yet mellower sound and the much easier access to the legato performance, plus the auto upbow/downbow switching. All these attentions have made ChineeErHu II a much alive instrument.

A lot of work has went into the making of the new QIN RV 2.0 engine. Based on the experience of QIN engine v1.0, QIN RV 2.0 is rewritten from the scratch, hence the better performance and compatibility, and still keeps the original design philosophy. QIN RV 2.0 is now a multitimbral and multiout VSTi plugin.

Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra
Chinee Orchestra features Kong Audio’s new QIN RV 2.0 engine.

Chinee Orchestra features

  • 23 polished classical Chinese instruments, including 8 new instruments:
    • 5 Hu fiddles: ChineeErHu II, ChineeJinHu, ChineeZhongHu, ChineeGaoHu, ChineeBanHu.
    • 1 plucked instrument: ChineeRuan (Moon Guitar).
    • 2 wind instruments: ChineeXun (Chinese Ocarina), ChineeBaWu.
  • Re-written from the scratch, the brand new multitimbral/multiout QIN RV 2.0 Windows 32-bit native engine.
  • Special attentions have been paid to the legato mode to accommodate Chinese instruments’ characteristics.

Chinee Orchestra is available to purchase as a VST instrument for Windows, priced at $690 USD. Each individual instrument is also available for purchase separately. QIN RV 2.0 engine upgrade is free for existing customers.

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Kong Audio announces Chinee Series pricing change

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Kong Audio has announced a price change for its Chinee Series virtual instruments.

Kong Audio, the soundware company specialize in sampled-based classical Chinese instruments, have changed the pricing of most of the Chinee Series line, in order to accommodate the price tag of the upcoming Chinee Orchestra boxset, effective immediately. Most instruments are now cheaper and more affordable.

A pre-sale license of ChineeErhu II Advance Copy has just been given away to every customer who has purchased ChineeErhu prior to this new price change.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kong Audio updates ChineeLiuQin to v1.10

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Kong Audio ChineeLiuQin

Kong Audio has released version 1.10 of ChineeLiuQin, a sampled instrument “Willow Mandolin” for Windows.

LiuQin is a grassroot folk instrument which was originally popular in some provinces of China for the last two centuries. LiuQin was a simple and rough instrument at the begining, and it was once referred to as “the plebs’ Pipa” due to its lack of refinement – yet it is much closer to the true rural life. The structure of today’s LiuQin has been redesigned in the mid-20th century. With the improved physical form, plus its higher pitch scale and its Western Mandolin-like acoustic effect, LiuQin has become a prominent instrument in today’s Chinese classical circle.

Changes in ChineeLiuQin v1.10

  • QIN engine plugin changes:
    • New Extender introduced: Automatic Select. Automatic Select adds a new condition for sample-triggering according to note and time range between the notes. Especially useful for plucked instruments.
    • AHDSR envelope slope/curve settings added.
  • Instrument-specific changes:
    • Soundbank tweaks.
    • Presets tweaks.

ChineeLiuQin for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $60 USD.

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Kong Audio releases ChineeLiuQin, The Willow Mandolin from China

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Kong Audio has released ChineeLiuQin, a sampled willow mandolin instrument for Windows.

LiuQin is a grassroot folk instrument which was originally popular in some provinces of China for the last two centuries. LiuQin was a simple and rough instrument at the begining, and it was once referred to as “the plebs’ Pipa” due to its lack of refinement – yet it is much closer to the true rural life. The structure of today’s LiuQin has been redesigned in the mid-20th century. With the improved physical form, plus its higher pitch scale and its Western Mandolin-like acoustic effect, LiuQin has become a prominent instrument in today’s Chinese classical circle.

Kong Audio ChineeLiuQin
Kong Audio ChineeLiuQin

ChineeLiuQin features

  • 178 MB meticulously crafted and arranged sample sets.
  • Powered by the all-new native QIN engine.
  • Windows XP/VISTA/Windows 7. 512mb RAM. NO 64-bit HOST support (Still can be used in 32-bit hosts under 64-bit Windows OS).
  • Works in VSTi compatible 32-bit hosts.
  • All samples are recorded in 1-bit/2.8 MHz.

ChineeLiuQin is now available to purchase for the introductory price of $48 USD.

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