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The Akebono Collection is a sample-based emulation of the Akebono Koto Synthesizer – a unique suitcase instrument from Japan – for Native Instruments Kontakt 4 & 5.
Akebono was released exclusively in Japan some time in the 1980s. It was designed as a portable practice instrument for Koto players, and as such it features many unique features that make performing in the traditional style a lot easier than using a MIDI keyboard. It can be considered a kind of workstation for traditional Japanese instruments.
All sounds were sampled and integrated into in a custom Kontakt instrument that emulates the performance options available on the original hardware.