Sound Magic has announced availability of BianZhong, its latest hybrid modelling virtual instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit). They tell us that it features Chinese Chime Bells and is powered by the latest Neo Orchestra Hybrid Modelling Engine. Here's the details in their own words...
BianZhong is a virtual instrument featuring a Chinese Chime Bells - BianZhong. Bianzhong is an ancient Chinese musical instrument consisting of a set of bronze bells, played melodically. China is the earliest country to manufacture and use musical chimes. They are also called Chime Bells.These sets of chime bells were used as polyphonic musical instruments and some of these bells have been dated at between 2,000 to 3,600 years old. They were hung in a wooden frame and struck with a mallet. Using a wooden hammer and a rod to beat the bronze bell can make different pitches. Along with the stone chimes called bianqing, they were an important instrument in China's ritual and court music going back to ancient times.
To ensure the maximum accuracy and musicality in the reproduction of this complex and beautiful sound, we came to the Hubei Provincial Museumwhich has Marquis Yi of Zeng Bianzhong to record their wide variety of sounds. And we choose the best recording gears to ensure the highest sound quality.
BianZhong offers far more sound-shaping options than a sampling instrument with five bands parametric EQ and more control over the harmonic partial sounds. This means you can quickly change timbre with a simple turn of a knob or tune every single note with the Scala tuning system.
Pricing and Availability:
$99 until October 17th, 2020 (MSRP: $149)
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