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Kong Audio updates all its plug-ins

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Kong Audio

Kong Audio has released new updates for all its plug-ins.

Changes in new updates

  • Fixed the keyswitching triggering issue on some plugins.
  • Polyphonies adjusted on some plugins.
  • Changes made to Guzheng’s preset.
  • Various minor adjustments.

Note: This update may cause incompatibility issues with your previously saved projects. Please be sure to finish your current project before applying the update.

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Kong Audio updates all plug-ins

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Kong Audio has released updated versions of all Chinee Series plug-ins.

Changes in Kong Audio plug-ins

  • New 12-note Keyswitching Patches. All plugins (except for Chineekong V2+) now come with new presets utilizing 12-note (C1-B1) keyswitching, giving users a vastly improved live playability. Also added is a more detailedly mapped basic patch to each of the 7 plugins. The new patches breath a new life to the plugins.
  • No more abrupt notes cutting off during the keyswitching process.
  • Pitch Envelope is now added to ChineeWinds and ChineeNanxiao besides Guzheng.
  • Changes are made to keyswitching in Chineekong V2+ under the hood. Now keyswitching must be confined to MIDI channel 1, but no more abrupt notes cutting-off during the keyswitching process. It’s now practical to set up keyswitching in Chineekong V2+ and use it either for live performance or sequencing.
  • Updated Guzheng soundbank. (Installing this updated soundbank to be used with the new plugin dll is mandatory.)

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Kong Audio releases ChineeKong V2+

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Kong Audio ChineeKong V2+

Kong Audio has released Chineekong V2+, an updated version of Chineekong V2, featuring an additional 170 MB content of new gongs, cymbals, drums and other Chinese percussion instruments.

ChineeKong V2+ features

  • 850 MB of professionally recorded sample content.
  • Six main categories: Luo (Gongs), NaoBo (Cymbals), GuZu (Drum sets), BanBang (Wood Percussion), ZhongLing (Bells), and QiTa (MISC), divided into a total number of 50 subsets.
  • 10 channel multitimbrality.
  • 10 independent outputs.
  • Master effects (bypass-able).

Chineekong V2+ is available as a VST plug-in for Windows for $88 USD (the update is free for existing ChineeKong V2 customers).

A free Kong loop pack is available here (Note: ChineeKong itself is NOT a loop collection).

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Kong Audio updates Chinee Series plug-ins

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Kong Audio has released updated versions of the Chinee Series plug-ins.

Changes in these updates

  • Fixed some minor glitches introduced in the revamped Guzheng soundbank.
  • New Octave switcher in Chineekong v2.
  • Improved clickless key-switching with less CPU usage in Chineekong v2.
  • Fine-tunings to various parameters of Pipa, Matouqin, Guzheng, Suona.
  • Various minor tweaks.

There’s also a new video tutorial for Chineekong v2 at YouTube.

This video demo explains about the advanced use of keyswitching which can make Chineekong v2 much more playable and flexible.

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Kong Audio updates ChineeGuzheng to v1.5

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Kong Audio ChineeGuzheng

Kong Audio has released version 1.5 of ChineeGuzheng, a sampled Chinese zither instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

Changes in ChineeGuzheng v1.5

  • Vastly revamped sound bank.
  • Various tweaks to the parameters.
  • Tremolo and Length expressions enhanced.

ChineeGuzheng is available for $60 USD.

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Kong Audio releases ChineeSuona

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Kong Audio ChineeSuona

Kong Audio has released ChineeSuona, a VST instrument of the Suona.

Suona is rather unique. It is sort of a crossover between brass and woodwind. The sound of Suona is energetic, unapologetically harsh, abrasively brash, and proud-to-be-so-loud, blasting out everythings in sight.

ChineeSuona comprises of two Suonas (a big Suona and a small Suona) with different note ranges, and comes with the meticulously weaved 380 MB sampleset.

Like other much-lauded Chinee Series plugins, ChineeSuona is made with in-depth knowledge of the physical instrument, hence resulting in a very playable product.

ChineesSuona is available for Windows PC for $68 USD.

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Review: PowerFX World Loop Spice Rack

PowerFX World Loop Spice Rack

PowerFX recently released World Loop Spice Rack, a sample library featuring authentic ethnic instruments from around the world.

World Loop Spice Rack includes over 1,200 loops, both melodic and percussive.

From the product page:

World Loop Spice Rack contains 1,220 melodic and percussive loops and riffs of authentic ethnic instruments from Africa, Australia, China, India and the Middle East.
These acidized wav files are perfect for spicing up any track and is an excellent global sound resource that includes rare and stunning instruments like the Pipa, Rebab, Sarod and Surbahar.

I’d heard of the Pipa before (Kong Audio has a sampled instrument), but I have to admit the other ones didn’t ring a bell.

Looking through the list of instruments on the WLSR page there are actually a whole bunch of names I haven’t a clue of what they are. This could mean a few things.

  1. PowerFX went to great lengths to collect samples of the most unusual instruments in the world.
  2. I’m not very educated when it comes to ethnic instruments…

Let’s say it’s probably a bit of both…

PowerFX CEO Bil Bryant says:

Here we have recorded rarer instruments that have not been sampled much like the Afghani Rebab or Sarod from India, which both have a stunning natural reverb sound due to the construction of the metal finger board and sympathetic strings or the Pipa which just reeks of soothing Chinese court music. These loops are faithful recordings of indigenous music styles played by masters to obtain and retain the unique sound characteristics of these cultural treasures”, continues Bryant.

To help you find the sort of instruments you’re looking for, the samples are divided into folders for easy browsing: Africa, Arabic Percussion, China, India, Indian percussion, Middle East, Oceanic, South America, Vocal One Shots and Worldbeat drums.

There were dozens of musicians involved in doing these loops, and as they were recorded in both studio and on location you’re going to have a variety of ambiences to them (i.e. the Chinese samples sound intimate and delicate, while the didgeridoo loops sound quite wild).

The .wav files are Acidized so when you use the samples in your sequencer they will adjust to the correct tempo. They are also labeled with BPM and key information.

So what do I think?

World Loop Spice Rack is aiming to be all-round rather than very detailed, so you shouldn’t expect the full sonic capabilities of individual instruments.

That said, I found these loops to be quite inspiring. They are great for adding that authentic ethnic vibe to your music, or even be the center of your production.

Due to the nature of the recordings the quality of the samples varies, but overall it’s great. PowerFX definitely captured that authentic feel with WLSP.

If you have some creative slicing & editing skills, you’ll be able to stretch the usefulness of these loops considerably (there are no single shot samples on WLSR).

PowerFX World Loop Spice Rack sells for $79 USD.

More information: PowerFX / World Loop Spice Rack

Kong Audio releases Matouqin

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Kong Audio Matouqin

Kong Audio has released Matouqin, a new sampled instrument in the Chinee Series.

Matouqin (horse-headed fiddle) VSTi is a faithful sample-based re-creation of one of the most representative traditional Mongolian instruments.

Just like all previously released Kong Audio plugins that have all been highly praised for the playability, detailed sampling, and the meticulously interwoven samplesets filled with various expressions, Matouqin VSTi provides composers and musicians with an extremely playable and authentic plugin.

Matouqin contains various types of legato, tremolo, trills, slaps, and staccato, as well as special techniques, phrases and articulations.

Matouqin is available for Windows PC and costs $68 USD.

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