Unearthed Sampling releases "Stealth Wind" - Cinematic Shakuhachi for Kontakt

26th January 2016

Unearthed Sampling has released Stealth Wind, a cinematic shakuhachi phrases and multisample library for Kontakt.

The Shakuhachi Flute was originally introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo Period. The shakuhachi is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen. It was also a favorite of film composer James Horner and used on countless of his film scores.

Stealth Wind sets out to capture a cinematic shakuhachi vibe through the use of carefully selected / recorded phrases (both ethnic and cinematic) along with sampled multisampled staccatos and sustains. While the main vibe of the sound is centered around stealth and sneaking ninjas, there are also quite a few ethnic phrases and motifs which are on the lighter and more traditional side of things. Outside of the two separate cinematic phrase patches and two ethnic patches, there are also various staccato patches, a handful of low "Elephant Calls", and "Enigma Calls" which, as the name suggests, stem from various re-recordings and takes of a certain Shakuhachi sample used extensively by the artist Enigma.

This library sets out to provide an ethnic accent for game and film scores. It was recorded with Shakuhachi players, Jon Johnston and Jonathan McCollum. The end result from "the two jons" is a Kontakt instrument which is designed to add cinematic ethno flare to just about any track. There is a multisampled Taiko patch which serves as a bonus to tie everything together (said taiko appears in the second demo on SoundCloud... "Ninjas in the Mist").

17 Instruments:

Price: $29.99; Intro price of $19.99. ​Only for Kontakt + (only works in demo mode in Kontakt player).

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