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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.

More information: Kong Audio / ChineeLiuQin

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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.

More information: Kong Audio / ChineeLiuQin

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Kong Audio QIN, native Windows sampler engine to power instrument plugins

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According to some exclusive preview information, Kong Audio is readying a new instrument powered by QIN, the upcoming native Windows sampler engine.

QIN apparently is a Chinese word for “instrument” (Guqin at Wikipedia)

Kong Audio is known for its sample-based Chinese classic instruments, including percussion, zither, flute, dulcimer, and many more.

Kong Audio QIN engine
Exclusive preview screenshot of Kong Audio’s QIN engine

The screenshot reveals part of the new QIN-powered instrument, inlcuding a section labeled “Extender”, which allows the user to load various modules to extend QIN with additional functions.

The first QIN-powered instrument plug-in is expected to be released at the end of August.

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Kong Audio updates Chinee Series plug-ins

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Kong Audio has announced it has updated all its plug-ins in the Chinee Series.

Kong Audio presents authentic, highly-playable instrumental chef d’oeuvre, originated from the deep understanding of the instruments, and from the devotion to the making of lasting values for musicians around the world.

Changes in Chinee Series plug-ins

  • All Chinee Series plugins now support normal Windows 7 operation without the need to be run in the administrator mode. (Currently only 32-bit hosts are officially supported, even though Sonar 64 should work fine)
  • FXP/FXB import and export implemented in the Standalone mode.
  • A new patch for ChineeGuQin, plus various fine-tunings to other instruments’ patches.

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Kong Audio releases ChineeSuona

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Kong Audio ChineeSuona

Kong Audio has announced the release of ChineeSuona, a virtual hybrid crossover of a brass and woodwind instrument.

The sound of Suona is energetic, unapologetically harsh, abrasively brash, and proud-to-be-so-loud, blasting out everythings in sight. It is wild.

Suona is believed to be derived from the Persian Zurna and slowly adopted by the Chinese in the course of history. By the time of the Ming Dynasty (14th – 17th century), Suona is documented as a prevalent instrument in China.

Today, Suona is still widely used in the local (especially the rural areas) Chinese activities such as weddings or religious festivals. Some modified versions of Suona are now the official instruments of large traditional Chinese orchestras.

ChineeSuona features

  • 380 MB meticulously produced sample sets, all samples are recorded in 24 bit 96 kHz.
  • Two different Suonas: a Big Suona in G (note range: D4-E6), a Small Suona in D (note range: A3-B5), with various types of legato, tremolo, trills and staccato, rolls and vibes playing styles.
  • Like all other Chinee Series plugins, the live playability of ChineeSuona is unmatched.

ChineeSuona is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC, priced at $68 USD.

More information: Kong Audio / ChineeSuona

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Kong Audio releases ChineeGuQin + Holiday Special Promotions

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Kong Audio ChineeGuQin

Kong Audio has announced the release of ChineeGuQin, a sample-based GuQin (zither) instrument plug-in for Windows.

With true knowledge of the Chinese instrument, Kong Audio planned GuQin from the ground up. By intertwining the detailed sampling and the tailored Intelligent Legato mode, GuQin is brought back to life in its authenticity. As can be heard from the audio demo, ChineeGuQin captures not only the sound, but also the “silence” (string-sliding), and this “silence” is an integral part to GuQin music.

Also new is the real-time subset browser which greatly helps the user to see which subset is active in the current patch according to the incoming notes. By default ChineeGuQin is in the legato mode. It can be switched to polyphony mode using the Sustain Pedal, giving the musician an easy switch of the playing style. When in the polyphony mode, the playing style is usually played in two sections.

ChineeGuQin features

  • 425 MB meticulously crafted sample sets.
  • Windows XP/VISTA. 512mb RAM. NO 64-bit HOST support (Still can be used in 32-bit hosts under 64-bit Windows OS).
  • Works in 32-bit VSTi compatible hosts.
  • All samples are recorded in 1-bit/2.8 MHz

Kong Audio has also announced a number of time-limited Holiday Special promotions.

  • Instant China and Essential China plugin packs are now 50 percent off the usual price tag.
  • All plugins are now $48, except for ChineeKong V2+ and the new ChineeGuQin.
  • Buy 4 plugins, pick one more for free. (ChineeKong V2+ not included).

These special promotion deals are available until January 12, 2010.

More information: Kong Audio / ChineeGuQin

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Kong Audio releases ChineeHuluSi

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Kong Audio ChineeHuluSi

Kong Audio has announced the release of ChineeHuluSi, a Chinese free-reed wind instrument plug-in Windows.

HuluSi is a free-reed wind instrument of China. “Hulu” is the Chinese name for bottle gourd; “Si”, silk, used here to describe the unrelenting characteristic of HuluSi’s vibrating tail tone.

The history of Hulusi is not well documented other than that it may have been used by the ethnic minorities in the nowadays Yunnan (literally means “South of Clouds”) province for a very, very long time, maybe as long as a thousand years. To-day, HuluSi is the most representative instrument of Yunnan, and in recent years it has been improved, spread and promoted both at the national and international levels, and received good recognitions.

HuluSi is especially known for its unrelenting, yet soft, tone.

ChineeHuluSi features

  • Contains the sampling of two HuluSi’s: a big HuluSi and a small one: a Big HuluSi in G (note range: B3-E5), a Small HuluSi in C (note range: G4-A5), with various types of playing techniques woven within.
  • New Intelligent Legato and improved keyswitching mechanism.
  • 325 MB meticulously produced sample sets.

ChineeHuluSi is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC (32-bit hosts only) for $60 USD.

Kong Audio has also updated all its other plug-ins with the following:

  • PU performance slightly optimized.
  • Fine-tuned pitch and velocity settings in all plugins except Chineekong V2+.
  • Bug fixes of the registration scheme.

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