Plectra Series 5: Guzheng
An intricate, detailed Kontakt sample library featuring the authentic and beautiful sound of the Chinese Guzheng! Performed by Qianqian Jin, this virtual instrument includes both crucial articulations and extended bowing techniques.
- View from the Clouds (Dressed) Andrew Aversa 1:30
- The Sun and the Mountain Samuel Lidström 0:47
- Qin (Dressed) Henning Nugel 2:28
- Hidden Waterfall Brad Jerkins 1:34
- Sword Dancer Nabeel Ansari 1:05
- Shanghai Center Marc Celma 1:21
- Black Tea Pixelee 1:07
- Jade Horizon Joshua Matthews 1:51
- Lin Hai Dinu Ivancu 1:21
- Midnight Duel Michael Hoffman 1:42
- Third Garden Abel Vegas 1:58
- The Last Dynasty Andreas Wimmer 1:37
- View from the Clouds (Naked) Andrew Aversa 1:30
- Qin (Naked) Henning Nugel 2:23
14,580 x 24bit recordings with 3 mic positions
Up to 4x dynamics / 3x RR per key
Finger plucked & picked techniques
Harmonics & bends (whole/semitone)
Up/down bows & crescendos
Edge bows, staccatos, sponge picks
Beautiful wide UI for Kontakt 5.7
Fully customizable mapping with TACT 2.0
Console modular mixer and FX rack
Includes over 30 FX modules!
Deep articulation tweaking
10GB of disk space
7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.
4GB of RAM
Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.
Apple M1, Intel I5, or equivalent CPU
A faster CPU with more cores will allow you to play more simultaneous voices.
Kontakt 5.7+ Full Version
This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player.
Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX
Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)
Kontakt Requirements - Windows
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.
Guzheng is the 5th installment in our acclaimed Plectra Series, which explores plucked stringed instruments from around the world. Also known as the Chinese zither, the guzheng is an ancient instrument comprised of 21 strings stretched over a long, decorative wooden body with movable bridges for tuning.
We collaborated with classically-trained musician and sound designer Qianqian Jin who performed both standard and extended articulations for this collection. The instrument is equally suited for authentic Chinese-inspired music as well as modern scores or soundtracks. Our wide range of audio demos showcase this flexibility across a variety of styles!
About the Performer
Qianqian Jin is a multimedia performance artist and designer with a strong passion for innovative sound design and composition. She began her Eastern classical training as a Guzheng player at the age of eight and received an education in Western music specializing as a digital composer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
During the summer of 2017, she recorded over 50 GB of Guzheng samples using various techniques and tools to augment the capacity of the traditional Chinese instrument so it is available to more composers. She is currently inventing a customized midi controller for the Guzheng and frequently uses Arduino boards with various sensors. Read more about her at www.qjin.xyz
Console: Modular FX Rack and Mixer
Console is our new mixer and modular effects rack, designed to give you full control over your instrument tone and space. Unlike our previous FX racks, which were limited to a small amount of preset modules, Console gives you 30 effects modules to choose from!
These include multiple EQs (digital and analog-style), compressors, spatial FX, modulation FX, amps, distortion pedals, reverbs, and a selection of over 30 custom cabinet IRs! Using Console, you can easily save and load FX chains or presets between projects or even different Console-enabled ISW instruments. It also allows you to mix and blend between mic positions, with custom inserts on each if you’d like.
Download the Console manual here to learn more!
Total Articulation Control Technology (TACT) 2.0
Plectra Series 5: Guzheng includes an updated version of TACT, allowing you to customize how all articulations are mapped and triggered! Everyone has their own preferences for how to perform or write for virtual instruments, and with TACT you can create the perfect setup for your DAW.
Download the TACT 2.0 manual here to learn more!
Plectra Series 5: Guzheng – Sample Library Review
“The Plectra Series Guzheng does have what it takes to get [sic] build a convincing performance: excellent recordings, captured details and techniques, and plenty of interface control. If you’re willing to dig into this library, I think you’ll find it to be of great value.”
Steven McDonald (Sample Library Review)