Soniccouture has released an update of its GuZheng, an atmospheric Chinese zither for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Following the recent Morpheus update, GuZheng v2 is next in a series of series of NKS reboots. The latest version of this industry standard instrument features multiple articulations, KSP performance tools and a full effects setup.
The Guzheng is a traditional Chinese instrument dating from the Qin dynasty (c. 200). It is the ancestor of the Japanese Koto as well as several other zither-like instruments found across east Asia.
A modern Guzheng typically has 21 strings over movable bridges, mounted on a large resonant half-tube box made of wu-tong wood, typically about 1.7m long.
Generally the notes are plucked with the right hand; the player wearing tortoise-shell finger-picks. Sometimes virtuoso performers will use finger picks on both hands. Other playing techniques include tremolo, harmonics, and sweeping glissandos.
GuZheng v2 for Kontakt and Kontakt Player 5.6.8 or higher costs 89 EUR. Until May 18th, 2018, you can get 40% off by using coupon code MQHGFPOI at checkout.
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