Ample Sound releases Ample China Qudi with New Woodwind Engine

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KVRAF
1635 posts since 28 Jun, 2012

Post Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:06 pm

Ample Sound has announced the release of Ample China Qudi(ACQD), a new virtual instrument plug-in built on the latest development of the Woodwind Sample Engine, with 4.4 GB samples, including head and body articulations, FX sounds, as well as a select collection of improvised licks.

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The Artist:
Xiaokui Ding (The principal woodwind player of the China National Traditional Orchestra. Member of the Golden Buddha Jazz orchestra with Zhongruan master Mantian Feng, Jazz pianist Hongwei Kong).
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The Instrument:
Elegant Wind series D key Qudi (Jianhong Wang Masterbuilt).

Sampling:
  • Recorded with 5 mics (Front, Middle, Back, Stereo Ambient). Each mic volume is adjustable and equipped with channel EQ.
  • 2 Mic modes: Modern and Traditional, capable of colorful sound designs.
  • There are 3 kinds of articulations in Elegant Wind – Head Group (blue keyswitches), Body Group (yellow keyswitches) and Special Effect Group (red keyswitches). Each group occupies one octave.
    The head group is used to perform grace notes at head. Articulations with more grace notes are assigned to higher keyswitches; Ascending and descending articulations are close together.
    The body group can not only perform grace notes at head, but also can be used for articulation legatos to express changes of the sound body.
  • The Dizi has great dynamic range and timbre variation. The sample library provides 5 velocity layers, with sound from mildly soft to bright and strong.
  • There are 4 velocity layers for Expression articulation, 2 velocity layers for Vibrato articulation, and real samples of Trill sounds. Together with SAHDS virtual modulation system, they can create vivid and realistic notes. Note velocity is used to control the start time of Expression and Vibrato articulations, to generate slowly developing notes or strong notes.
  • The sample length of the Elegant Wind is about 8 seconds on average. In most cases, it can meet the requirements of a Dizi note. If user need longer notes, he can turn on the Sample Loop.
New Original Features
  • Intelligent Legato System:
    The Auto Legato System detects the duration of each note. For legatos whose duration is less than this value, only the straight legato will be triggered to ensure that no unwanted grace notes during fast performance.

    When note duration is longer than Legato Time:
    Velocity;126-127;Triggers Layering Legato (Ascending) and Ripple Legato(Descending)
    Velocity;96-125;triggers Grace Legato
    Velocity;32-96;triggers Straight Legato
    Velocity;16-31;triggers Soft Legato 1
    Velocity;1-15;triggers Soft Legato 2


    In Slide Legato mode, low velocity triggers slide notes.

    In the real performance of the Dizi, the legatos are ever-changing, sometimes hard and sometimes soft. Legatos with no changes cannot completely simulate real performance.

    Hold pedal can be used to turn on Double Legato Mode.
  • Endless Articulation Legato:
    The Elegant Wind's body group can be used for endless articulation legatos. For example, you can start with a Sustain, hold the note, then play the Expression Keyswitch (C1) to play legato to an Expression note; then play Marking keyswitch (E1) to play legato to a Marking note, and then press Laying keyswitch (F1) to play legato to a Laying note, and so on.
  • Creative Mirroring Feature:
    Playing the keyswitch when a note is sounding will reverse the sample at current position. It changes for example a Slide Up to Slide Down, or a Slow-Fast Vibrato to Fast-Slow Vibrato. It can also be used to control the sustained body of notes like Expression.
  • Voice independent SAHDS Modulation System:
    Each voice has its on SAHDS modulation envelope.
    User can get natural and realistic vibratos while keeping the Mod wheel in one position.
    The mod speed, gain, and pitch can also be adjusted.
  • Adjustable Wind Effect:
    The Wind is the sound of air blowing in the Dizi tube. We extracted this sound from each real sample to enable the independent control of this element.
    The sound of the Dizi without the Wind is very pure. Moderately control the volume of the Wind, and make some changes during the performance, can increase the feeling of "dirty" and breath, and improve the realism.
  • Other new features include sample skipping technology, random articulation, keyboard mode for playing chords etc.
Demo Videos

The Wings of Wind

Opposite Shore
Composer: Yi Yang, Piano:Ruben Carillo, Stings: International Principal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Journey to Gusu

Promotion
Intro Price: $109 until April 27, 2021 (Reg. $149).
Ample Sound is running a Chinese instrument promotion, 3 Chinese instruments and related bundles 25% off until April 27. A further 10% off for the loyal users.

https://www.amplesound.net/en/purchase.asp

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KVRAF
1732 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Post Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:47 pm

Thanks, I bought it as soon as I saw this. I love all your instruments, and have them all :)
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KVRAF

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1635 posts since 28 Jun, 2012

Post Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:05 pm

Thanks Starflakeprj :)

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KVRAF
1732 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Post Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:24 pm

It world be awesome if you released a virtual Hurdy Gurdy as well, I know you would make the best one out there, now and for all eternity 😀

And I'm looking forward to a banjo 😊
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KVRAF
3065 posts since 18 May, 2003 from Sweden

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:27 am

I hope that the Gu Qin will come before the banjo, though… ;-)
If it were easy, anybody could do it!

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KVRAF
1732 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:16 am

Spitfire31 wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:27 am
I hope that the Gu Qin will come before the banjo, though… ;-)
Noooo, I have been wanting the banjo for years 😁
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KVRAF
3065 posts since 18 May, 2003 from Sweden

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:45 am

starflakeprj wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:16 am
Spitfire31 wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:27 am
I hope that the Gu Qin will come before the banjo, though… ;-)
Noooo, I have been wanting the banjo for years 😁
www.orangetreesamples.com/products/evol ... rass-banjo :hihi:
If it were easy, anybody could do it!

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KVRAF
1732 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:53 am

Spitfire31 wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:45 am
starflakeprj wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:16 am
Spitfire31 wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:27 am
I hope that the Gu Qin will come before the banjo, though… ;-)
Noooo, I have been wanting the banjo for years 😁
www.orangetreesamples.com/products/evol ... rass-banjo :hihi:
I don't want that crap, I want Ample Sound quality! :)
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KVRAF
1729 posts since 15 Mar, 2013 from Germany

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:48 am

Guzheng would also be nice

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KVRist
146 posts since 10 Jun, 2007 from Netherlands

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:06 am

It seems we need a pinned wish list topic in this forum. :D

Personally I wish Ample Sound would keep focusing on guitars. I still miss a lot in that category. For example a resonator guitar or a Rickenbacker electric 12 string. And there isn't even an electric guitar with P90 pickups in the catalogue.

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KVRAF
1732 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:35 am

CableChannel wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:48 am
Guzheng would also be nice
What's wrong with the one they have?

http://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=35
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KVRAF
1729 posts since 15 Mar, 2013 from Germany

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:48 am

starflakeprj wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:35 am
CableChannel wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:48 am
Guzheng would also be nice
What's wrong with the one they have?

http://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=35
Ah nice! Didn't know they have one already.

KVRist
32 posts since 3 May, 2020

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:45 pm

I vote for an archtop mandolin over a banjo. All the existing VSTi I've auditioned are way too bright. I'm looking for a more "woody" sound.

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