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KOTO 20 - Virtuoso Japanese Series

Kontakt Instrument Plugin by Sonica Instruments
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KOTO 20 - Virtuoso Japanese Series by Sonica Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Software Application and Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", Kontakt Player, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
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The library can naturally be used on its own. But when combined with other titles from the Virtuoso Japanese Series — such as KOTO 13, KOTO 17, or Shakuhachi — as well as orchestral instruments, KOTO 20 can complete a rich and broad ensemble.

As a historical note, the 20-string koto was conceived by Keiko Nosaka in 1969. Initially, this koto was strung with 20 strings, but in later iterations, another string was added to make it a 21-string instrument:

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  • Near-perfect recreation of every performance nuance from the 21-string koto thanks to meticulous recording techniques and innovative programming.
  • Exclusive Performance mode maps the 21 strings to adjacent white keys for easy performance of real koto glissandos and phrases.
  • 18 key-switch-selectable articulations fundamental to the 21-string koto.
  • Sustain pedal control for natural continuous-picking phrasing.
  • Newly developed Instrument Modeler reproduces sound variations due to different fingerpicks and strings.
  • Character selector lets you choose from three fingerpick thicknesses.
  • String tone selector offers three string tones: Thick, Normal, and Thin.
  • Includes three banks of quintessential koto phrases, all key-switch controllable.
  • Plucking control function for full mastery over subtle, natural sounding picked notes.
  • String editor enables independent tuning adjustments for all 21 strings.
  • In addition to the 10 preset scales, the User Scale mode lets you create original scales.
  • All samples recorded in 24-bit / 96 kHz high resolution to capture every tonal detail.
  • Create your own mixes with the multi-microphone samples and a dedicated mixer with individual controls for Direct, Overhead, Room, and Stereo Mix channels.
  • Compatible with Kontakt Player / Kontakt Full Ver. 5.7.3 or newer.
  • NKS ready.


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