• 3 instruments
  • Breath + Pressure Modelling
  • Kontakt Player + NKS
Sheng Khaen Sho


The Chinese Sheng, Laotian Khaen, and Japanese Sho are three very similar instruments with a common ancestor.  They have been traditionally made from bamboo, the aluminium of the east, since the 14th century BC.

Sound is created by both inhaling and exhaling - as with a western mouth-organ. 

By controlling his breath the player can keep an almost endless sustained sound, characteristic of Japanese Sho technique, or a quick rhythmic pulsing, typical of Khaen performance.


Using The Khaen Instrument

How to recreate an authentic Khaen performance with our instrument, using the breath modelling function.

This video shows the different note elements and how to put them together as MIDI.

In this video you hear only the Soniccouture Khaen. 

Sheng Khaen Sho | Sound Design

The breathy, sustained timbres of the asian free reed instruments is an interesting palette for sound design.

Sculpt with 22 different filters, LFOs and modulation envelopes, not to mention the custom FX section.

Sheng Khaen Sho includes 30 sound design snapshot presets as inspiration for your own sonic exploration.



This is a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it. It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/WASAPI,compatible host program or DAW eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools. No extra purchase necessary.

System Requirements:

Windows 7 or higher (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)

Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM  

Requires KONTAKT 5 or KONTAKT 5 PLAYER version 5.6.8 or later  

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