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Welcome to the Soundiron Street Erhu phrase library. Street Erhu is a truly unique live-performance phrase library featuring over 4600 high-quality traditional Chinese Erhu violin phrases. Weighing in at over 6 GB of content, this collection covers 8 different Erhu violins, ranging from bass to treble and in a variety of tunings. This one-of-a-kind library combines the authenticity of an emotive street musician with granular deep sampling fully controllable through our powerful custom user interface.
For the creation of Street Erhu, we worked with veteran street performer Qi Xin Huang and local Erhu craftsman Kenneth Lam. Qi Xin’s playing is raw, emotive and authentic, evoking a traditional flavor not possible with a sterile and overly rigid performance. Each erhu sampled in this library offers its own unique flavor, creating a palette of different sounds fit for any stylistic need.
This Street Erhu features 83 presets for Kontakt. There are 1328 bass erhu, 2543 mid-range erhu and 341 treble erhu phrases recorded in a dry studio environment, plus 398 bowing and fingering sfx. There are also 12 additional songs recorded live on busy city streets and 40 songs recorded in a bustling underground subway station. We’ve also included 48 ambiences created from the source material allowing users to experiment with a wide range of soundscapes and FX. As always there is a range of automatable LFO, EQ, filter, custom convolution and sound-shaping systems to expand on the creative possibilities that this library offers.
The Erhu is a traditional 2-string violin dating back more than a thousand years, likely originating from Mongolia. The instrument has a small hollow snake or goat-skinned cylindrical resonating body and a long thin neck with no fingerboard. It is played upright in the performer’s lap, with the bow passed between the strings. Bow contact on the strings is never broken, giving the erhu it’s distinctly sinuous playing style.
Each distinct erhu set features a variety of songs and motifs, with between 24 – 36 phrases per song spread over the keyboard in standard fashion. New songs can also be selected and loaded instantly using selector key-switches or the song selection menu. There’s also a built-in 40-step phrase sequencer with multiple playback modes that pops out when you need it.
We provide complete control over tone, note attack and release, start offset, playback speed, pitch shifting, legato mode with adjustable cross-fading, bowing sfx, crescendo swelling, and volume & resonant filter LFO effects with adjustable shape, rate and synch, with full automation support on all parameters. Current phrase playback and offset start positions are conveniently and clearly displayed in the waveform window. You can also instantly set the erhu into a wide range of real acoustic environments and special effects is easy with our fully integrated convolution impulse selector.
Range of Erhus:
- 1 Bass Erhu – 1,328 phrases
- 6 Mid Erhus – 2,543 phrases (combined)
- 1 Treble Erhu – 341 phrases
- City Street – 12 songs
- Subway Station – 40 songs
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 4 or later (Kontakt 5 is also supported). It features 83 presets for Kontakt with 48 ambiences created from the source material allowing users to experiment with a wide range of soundscapes and FX. As always there is a range of automatable LFO, EQ, filter, custom convolution and sound-shaping systems to expand on the creative possibilities that this library offers.
Our custon UI features front panel controls for Swell (volume), Attack, Offset, Release, Speed, Stepping (pitch), Xfade, Bow Volume, Pseudo-Legato, Song Menu, a Waveform View allowing you to see the currently playing sample, Offset Marker allowing you to know exactly where in the sample you’re setting the offset, Sequencer On/Off and Show buttons and a Button Bar. The button bar gives you access to built-in effect such as LFO (tempo-synchable), EQ, Reberb and Filter. Street Erhu features a flexible phrase sequencer built-in to each applicable preset, allowing users to easily
sequence phrases into custom songs that be played back using a customizable trigger key.
4,710 Samples (standard pcm wav)
83 .nki files (open format) – 43 K4 / 40 K5
6.3 GB installed
24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format(s): Kontakt 4/5 .nki and pcm .wav
Includes a free bonus collection of 48 custom sound-designed ambiences as well as 46 of our favorite custom convolution reverb impulses and an advanced Kontakt user interface with full automation support.
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Important Note: Native Instruments Kontakt version 4 or 5 full retail version of Kontakt required to use all .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” does not support this library.
System Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7. Intelmac and Mac OS 10.5 or higher. Runs stand-alone or as plug-in via VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8). Dual Core PCU, 2 GB System Ram, 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer SATA II hard drive recommended.