Sample based traditional chinese zither and bamboo flute 25/04/06
Kong Audio have just released two more plug-ins for their Chinee Series, along with the bundled Kong Audio Small Host (a very simple freeware host for live performance purpose). The VSTi for Windows plug-ins are sample-based traditional Chinese instruments that the company say are 'programmed with extraordinary delicacy, to ensure the inspirational enjoyment when one plays with them.' Here's the details from their press release... ChineeGuzheng
ChineeGuzheng is a kind of raditional Chinese zither with a sound described as rippling and dreamy.
Guzheng, as one of the most representative Chinese instruments, first appeared around the Warring States period (475 - 221 BC), and then became extremely popular during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD) and spread to all neighboring areas. Guzheng was originally a rather simple instrument with only five strings. After all the years of evolution, today's Guzheng has 21 strings and is still widely used in all kinds of Chinese music.
Guzheng has a unique, rippling sound character. The playing techniques developed for Guzheng are also unique and distinct, setting it apart from any other members in the world's zither family.
Price: $62 USD ChineeNanxiao
ChineeNanxiao is a special kind of bamboo flute with what is described as melancholy sound.
Nanxiao (Southern Xiao) is a bamboo flute of the Xiao family. Unlike Dizi, Xiao has no membrane. Nanxiao is mostly popular in the Fujian area of southern China. Like the Japanese Shakuhachi, NanXiao is the offspring of ChiBa and DongXiao from the Tang Dynasty.
Contrary to the upbeat, happy-trigger sound of Dizi, NanXiao has a more solid yet soothing tone that blends into modern music easily.
The sound character of Xiao is of something more saddened, battered, and is filled with a melancholic mood. It represents a lesser-known spirit in Chinese music.
Price: $58 USD More information and audio demos: