Digital sample company Kong Audio has a new title in its Chinee Series, titled Chinee Suona (Chinese shawm). The musician who provided the sounds is Zhiyu Liu.
Suona was originated in Persia and then slowly adopted by the Chinese in the course of history. By the time of the Ming Dynasty (14th – 17th century), Suona was documented as a prevalent instrument in China.
Suona is rather unique. It is sort of a crossover between brass and woodwind instruments. The sound of Suona is unapologetically harsh, abrasively brash, and just proud-to-be-so-loud. One may arguably say that Suona showcases the energetic elan of Chinese music the best.
Today, Suona is still widely used in the local (especially the rural areas) Chinese activities such as weddings, funerals, and religious festivals. Some modified versions of Suona are now the official instruments of large traditional Chinese orchestras.ChineeSuona comprises of two Suonas (a big Suona and a small Suona) with different note ranges, 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.
System requirements and specs: Windows XP 32/VISTA 32. 512mb RAM. *For Windows platform only.
Works with VSTi compatible hosts. All samples are recorded in 24 bit 96 kHz.
Visit Suona to hear the audio demo.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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