Kong Audio has released Matouqin. Matouqin (horse-headed fiddle, a.k.a. morin khuur), as one of the precious legacies of the Mongolian people, has been heartily embraced by Chinese musicians today as a vital musical element. Its unique sound character complements other classical Chinese instruments in a way like no others.
Matouqin will most likely gain a huge world-wide momentum in the not-too-distant future. According to news, a famous Matouqin musician will be featured in the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics.
Matouqin is believed to be originated from the nomadic people during the Tang Dynasty (7th – 10th centuries), and became widely known circa Genghis Khan’s reign. Nowadays, like many other Mongolian legacies, Matouqin has become an essential part of Chinese music.
Besides the horse-headed pegbox, Matouqin is very recognizable for its unusual playing techniques and styles. Kong’s production approached Matouqin in pursuit of the indigenous flavor instead of the more Westernized style, and by delivering that flavor to its users, everyone now has a chance to express in the most authentic and original Mongolian flavor easily.
Matouqin contains various types of legato, tremolo, trills, slaps, and staccato, as well as special techniques, phrases and articulations.
Kong Audio plugins have always been highly praised for the playability, detailed sampling, and the meticulously interwoven
samplesets filled with various expressions. With superior knowlege about the real physical instrument, Matouqin VSTi provides
composers and musicians with an extremely playable and authentic plugin.
System requirements and specs:
Windows XP 32/VISTA 32. 256mb RAM. *For Windows platform only. Works with VSTi compatible hosts. All samples are recorded in 24 bit 96 kHz.
Audio Demo: www.chineekong.com/music/MTQ1.mp3
Product Page: www.chineekong.com/matouqin.htm
Youtube Tutorial: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4S_b8Rp3_8
Photo: Hu Gejiletu
Author: World Music Central News Department
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