Sonica Instruments - SHAKUHACHI (KONTAKT)

Sonica Instruments - SHAKUHACHI, the third edition of the Japanese Virtuoso series, is now available as a software instrument in the Kontakt format. The singing of loud intonation, deep but delicate breathing and Japanese sound aesthetics spreading around the periphery: the shakuhachi, an instrument symbolizing Japan, finally joins the Virtuoso Japanese Series family. One more instrument from Sonica Instruments - Tsugaru Shamisen.

In the studio, we used meticulous microphone tuning along with uncolored high quality mic preamps to ensure that we caught a real instrument voice. And in order to recreate the liveliness of a particular game technician, it took the development of special mechanisms and articulation interfaces. Key Trigger Connection allows an artist to switch game methods on the fly without interrupting sound.
Being a wind instrument, various technicians play on shakuhachi from time to time, while maintaining one sound: for example, from direct tone to yuri (vibrato), and then from yuri to a strong and loud air blast. We developed the “Key Trigger Connection” mechanism from scratch to reproduce this typical approach to shakuhachi performance. Key Trigger Connection allows you to seamlessly connect articulations by simply pressing the assigned keys during the game. The connected articulations include various techniques of yuri, sforzando, murayki (breathing), teach fatigue and oshi and tamai (trill of the tongue). You can put together as many articulations as you like while holding the base note to experience a live instrument.
Blow control. This mechanism allows the performer to control the duration from the initial breathing noise before any sound is emitted by the controller until the full power of the note is reached. This control forces you to play the keyboard as a wind controller, giving you access to smooth, dynamic breath expressions, even though it is based on samples. When playing legato, this feature automatically generates alternating legato, which are necessary for shakuhachi. Atari legato recreates a unique fingering technique that causes the pitch to pop up at the moment the note is changed. The Oshi and uchi feature allows the performer to optionally add quick fingering during an exploding note for accents or tremolo effects.
The library contains almost all possible articulations of shakuhachi, including vertical and horizontal yuri and other vibrato, sforzando techniques, many expressions of Murai breathing, tamae, korkoro, caracara and other sound effects techniques, as well as improvisations based on short scales. Each chromatic height throughout the register can be configured individually. This allows you to access traditional gamuts and tonalities of Japanese music and “sensations” that are unique to a particular artist. And, of course, pitch settings can be saved and loaded. 

Main Features:
- Precisely captures the scintillating sounds of a veteran shakuhachi player, covering every playing technique and recorded with exacting attention to detail at every musical interval
- Features performance mechanisms designed specifically for this library to recreate the full dynamics of this wind instrument, from the softest sound to the most emphatic pitch
- The unique Key Trigger Connection function lets the performer move through a colorful assortment of articulations without ever interrupting the sound
- Legato and grace note controls reproduce complex fingering techniques such as atari, uchi, and oshi.
- The blow control function lets the performer manipulate the duration from the breath noise to the actual tone with either a controller
- The expression control varies the tone color naturally and continuously without gradations
- A hybrid combination of the shakuhachi (1.8 shakuhachi) and the 2.3 shakuhachi provides a wider register, including lower tones, and more tone color variations
- Create traditional shakuhachi pitch scales, as well as performer-specific pitch scales, with the Scale Tuning function, which provides individual note adjustment over G2 to B5
- Five phrase banks contain a wide array of essential shakuhachi phrases
- Lively powerful sounds sampled in full 24 bit 96 kHz fidelity (the library itself contains 24 bit 44.1 kHz samples)
- Create your own mixes with the multi-microphone samples and a dedicated mixer with individual controls for Direct, Overhead, Room, and Stereo Mix

Packed with 25 articulations, five phrase banks, and breath noises
Articulation list
Key switchable articulations
- Straight
- Tonguing
- Grace Note
- Portamento up
- Straight and Atari
- Sfortzando
- Uchi & Oshi (Finger Effect)
- Yuri 1 (Vibrato Horizontal)
- Yuri 2 (Vibrato Vertical)
- Yuri 3 (Vib. Vertical Long)
- Iki-Yuri 1 (Vibrato with Breath)
- Iki-Yuri 2 (Vibrato with Breath Fast)
- Muraiki 1 (Breath FX1)
- Muraiki 2A (Breath FX2A)
- Muraiki 2B (Breath FX2B)
- Muraiki 3 (Breath FX3)
- Tamane (FX with Tongue Trill)
- Karakara (FX with Finger)
- Korokoro (FX with Finger)
- Improvisation

Legato
- Fast Legato
- Slow Legato
- Atari Legato

Breath noises
- 24 breath noise and special effects

Five phrase banks
- Short Phrase 1: eight short phrases
- Short Phrase 2: eight short phrases
- Short Phrase 3: eight short phrases
- Short Phrase 4: five short phrases
- Short Phrase 5: five short phrases

Audio Mixer
Samples were recorded in three stereo microphone positions - Direct, Overhead, and Room - plus a Stereo Mix. Full mixing control is available, with individual Volume, Pan, Reverb Send, and EQ adjustments for each channel. Shakuhachi also comes with a quality convolution reverb for excellent in-instrument sound creation. The parallel output bus sends the microphone channels to individual DAW tracks for finer mixing sessions.

 
   

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