The Guqin is often known as “the instrument of the sages” and here Sound Magic has based their modelling on a design dating from the Tang Dynasty 1200 years ago. It sounds magnificent.
Here’s a quick summary of the Guqin from Sound Magic:
Guqin is a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favoured by scholars and literati as an instrument of great subtlety and refinement, as highlighted by the quote “a gentleman does not part with his qin or se without good reason,”as well as being associated with the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. It is sometimes referred to by the Chinese as “the father of Chinese music” or “the instrument of the sages”. The guqin is not to be confused with the guzheng, another Chinese long zither also without frets, but with moveable bridges under each string.
They said that it’s a different instrument to record because it doesn’t have a very loud sound and there’s lots of mechanical noise. So they went out of their way to choose an excellent example of the instrument based on the famous Tang Qin dating from Tang Dynasty, which is 1200 years ago. It’s all fascinating stuff.
The software instrument comes with a key switching system to access different articulations and techniques making it very performable. The modelling technology provides the realtime interaction and movement between sample sets in ways that make it feel really natural. It starts with 3GB of library which is then manipulated into glissando, vibrato, bending and harmonics.
Guqin is a beautiful and unusual instrument powered by the Neo Orchestra Hybrid Modelling Engine and is available as a VST/AU plugins for $99.
- Guqin website.