GUZHENG

CHINESE ZITHER FOR KONTAKT

  • 10 X 3 Velocity layers
  • KSP Last Note PitchBend, Glissando and Tremolo
  • 2 GB Sample Library
  • Requires Full Kontakt

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. These are mounted on a large resonant half-tube box made of wu-tong wood, and the instrument is typically about 1.7m long. The strings are tuned by both moving the bridges and by adjusting tuning pegs.


Generally the notes are plucked with the right hand, on which the player wears tortoise-shell finger-picks. Sometimes virtuoso performers will use finger picks on both hands. Other playing techniques include tremolo (very fast repeated notes), harmonics, and sweeping glissandos.

THE GUZHENG INSTRUMENT





  • 24 bit 44.1khz stereo
  • Three articulations: right hand (finger picks), left hand (flesh), and harmonics (finger picks)
  • 10 x 3 Velocity levels / round robins
  • original or chromatic tuning

EXPRESSION CONTROL


The Kontakt version of Guzheng contains extra tools for recreating the natural response of the instrument.

Pitch Bend Processor - This acts on the last note played only, and can be controlled via Aftertouch or another MIDI controller. The pitchbend note can also be set to end on a note within a scale of your choosing.

Glissando Processor - This tool allows you to 'strum' the entire Guzheng, and define the range,velocity and other parameters.

Tremolo Processor - Another characteristic technique of Guzheng playing is tremolo. Virtuoso players are able to repeat notes very quickly with just their right thumb, while continuing other parts with the remaining fingers and left hand. This tool allows you to set up and define a Tremolo behaviour that can be switched on or off with a key or controller of your choice.

KONTAKT LIBRARY SPECS

2.25 GB Library  - 24 bit Stereo 44.1 Khz Sampling

10 Velocity layers, 3 round robin layers

Original and Chromatic tunings

Right hand ( picked), Left hand ( finger ) and harmonics ( picked) articulations

KSP Glissando module - strum the guzheng in real-time using the mod-wheel or other MIDI controller

KSP Tremolo module 

KSP 'last note only ' pitch bend module - a more natural way of modulating obly the last note played

Compatible with Kontakt 3, 4, 5 - Full version of Kontakt required.

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KONTAKT (FULL VERSION) COMPATIBLE

This is not a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it. It will only run in the free Kontakt Player in DEMO mode, for 15 mins.

If you are are an NI Komplete user, then you should have a full version of Kontakt.

System Requirements:  Requires Kontakt 3.5 or later, Logic 9 or higher

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