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Best Service Ethno World 2 Exs/Halion 6-Cd Set
Best Service Ethno World 2 Exs/Halion 6-Cd Set
Ethno World Volume 2 contains seventy very rare and historical ethnic instruments from all over the world. Ethno World Volume 2 sets new standards in sound quality and in the technical playing styles of ethnic instruments. Within almost 3 Gigabytes of sample material, you will find instrument sounds in a variety of playing styles, loops in different tempi, licks and a huge selection of special effects.
The instruments are divided into the following seven groups: bowed instruments, stringed instruments, woodwind and brass, bell type instruments, key instruments, world percussion and world drums. Almost all instruments were recorded in stereo with different velocities. In the main program most of the instruments are equipped with dimension keys. Via keys they let you select the different playing styles of the instrument. Some of the instruments (e.g. the Erhu) are programmed with up to 12 dimension keys and playing styles. In addition there are different loops, licks and effects in different tempi for all instruments. The instruments are from all over the world: Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Ethno World Volume 2 can be used in many different styles like folk, mainstream, film scores, avantgarde, ethno music and pop/rock music.
The extraordinary Ethno World 2 audio demo takes you on a trip around the world. Go on board and enjoy your flight!
BOWED INSTRUMENTS In China the Erhu, Gaohu and Jinghu (Chinese opera violin) are traditional bowed instruments. The Erhu is a two-string violin tuned in fifths. It has no frets and no fingerboard and is being played with a fixed bow stick.The Gaohu is a higher pitch sounding Erhu and the little Jinghu is a Chinese soprano violin which is used in Beijing opera music. The Moorin Khur is also called the Mongolian horse head violin. It originates from Mongolia and is very similar to our cello. This low sounding violin has two strings made from horse hair, again it has no frets and no fingerboard. The Egyptian Fiddle does have a fingerboard and two strings but no frets. It has a high pitched sound and tends towards a hollow, nasal sound.
STRINGED INSTRUMENTS The Zheng (Chinese curved base Zither) is similar to the Japanese Koto. It is a harp with a size of approx. 2 Meters (6 ft.) and its 21 strings are tuned diatonically. The Zheng´s specific vibrato is produced with the left hand close to the bridge. The Bouzouki from Greece is a four voice guitar which is well known for its tremolo playing in folk music (Alexis Zorbas). The Zsoura is a small three voice Bouzouki which is very well suited as a solo instrument because of its higher pitch. The Sitar and the Tampura are the most famous stringed instruments from India. The standard Sitar has 7 main strings and 11 freely vibrating drone-strings for harmonics. The Tampura, used as an accompanying instrument for Raga singing or together with Sitar, consists of 5 strings without a fingerboard. It is played with a glissando chord and tuned to key note and fifth (fourth). The Dra-Ngen is a 7 string kerb lute with matching half octave string originating from Bhutan. The Oud originally comes from the Persian geographical area and is a short neck lute with up to 6 voices. Due to its fretless fingerboard it can be played in micro intervals. The Balalaika and the Domra both are from Russia. The Balalaika is tuned in E-E-A and is mostly played with a tremolo. The accompaniment, the Domra, originally comes from Mongolia. It is a small plucked guitar tuned in fifths. It is built in several different versions. The Timple is the traditional 5 string guitar from Lanzarote. It shows similarities with the Ukulele. The Ukulele from Hawaii is a small 4 string guitar tuned to A-D-F#-B (featured here as a soprano version). The Banjolin, since 1885 also known as the Banjo Mandolin, is a 4 voice mandolin tuned to G-D-A-E. It is played with a banjo corpus. The 72 string Santoor is a 4 voice zither from Persia and it is played with two hammers over a tonal range of 3 octaves. The Cora, a stringed instrument from West Africa, depending on its version, features 8 to 16 strings that can be tuned over a bridge. Without a fingerboard, the strings are fixed and are plucked with several fingers. The Vester Acousticbass with its 4 strings is tuned to E-A-D-G. A Resonator Guitar made by Continental from Germany is a tin guitar which is brought to resonance with the "cone". Its sound is slightly tinny and aggressive. The instrument often is played with the slide technique.
WOODWIND AND BRASS The Bawu is a smooth and mellow sounding Chinese bamboo flute with 5 holes. Its sound is produced by a copper reed. The Sheng, also known as mouth organ, comes from China as well, and its sound is similar to a blow organ. The sound is produced by 30 bamboo tubes with valves. The Sheng covers a tonal range of approx. 3 octaves. The Chinese Hulusi is a 6 hole double tube flute with a bamboo body in the shape of a pumpkin. Its sound is warm and clear. The Kena and the Moceno Bassflute both are South American kerb flutes from Bolivia. Their characteristically powerful and airy sound is a bit similar to the Shakuhachi. The Peruvian Ocarinas are made from clay and are, as their name implies, from Peru. The Shiva Flute is played by Indian preachers. This brass flute has a very transparent and high pitch sound. The European Tenor Recorder starts at C minor and belongs to the instrument family of recorders. The Hawaiian Shellhorn is a shell-like horn flute from Hawaii. The Rag Dun Horn is often played at ceremonies. It comes from the Himalayas and shows similarities with the European Alphorn, but it sounds much louder and more metallic than its European counterpart. There are Rag Dun Horn versions of up to 3 Meters (approx. 9 ft.) length. The Dung Dkar Conch Trumpets from the Himalayas are shell-like trumpets with rich ornamentation. The Indian Shenai is a double reed flute and it is very similar to the Schalmei from Morocco. It starts at G# and sounds very loud and harsh. The Zukra Bagpipe, a Tunisian bagpipe, is a double reed flute with a kid-leather body. By powerfully blowing into the instrument it works like a bagpipe.
KEY INSTRUMENTS The Scale Changer Harmonium was first introduced to India by the missionaries. It is brought to resonance with a beam of air. The whole keyboard can be shifted, and thereby the key note is adjustable from G# to E. An organ sound can also be added. The Dallape Accordion from Italy is a 3 octave wide accordion with keys. The Melodica is a keyboard-like reed instrument from Germany and features a scale of 2 octaves.
WORLD PERCUSSION AND WORLD DRUMS The Bendir from Tunisia is similar to the Irish Bodhran. Its characteristic sound is produced by two cords inside the drum. Also from Tunisia are the Tunis Ceremony Drum and the Tunis Tambourine. The Gopichand is a plucked drum from Bengal. It is made of two longitudinal wooden sticks and a body which changes its pitch whenever an internal string is being compressed. The Balafon and the African Xylophone both are from Senegal, they are the counterpart to the European Xylophone. The Balafon exists in versions of different size. The resonance of the sound boards is transmitted over pumpkins cut in half. The Bass Cajon and the Yambu are two large drums from Peru and Cuba which both have a wooden head. They were used to urge slaves to work. The Djembe is a drum originating from Guinea and Mali. It has a batter head made from goat skin and it offers a rich sound palette. From the instrument family of the Tam Tam there are instruments like the Wuhan Tam Tam from China, the Java Gong with a diameter of 80 Centimeters (approx. 31 inches) and the Tam Tam Besar from Indonesia. There is also a large collection of Singing Bowls at your disposal: Big Rako Bowls, Big Tibetan Singing Bowls from Tibet and Rin Bowls from Japan in different playing styles and sizes. Additional instruments are: Moroccon Conga, Military Cassa and Cymbals from Italy, Mini Bells, Schellenkranz (Jingle Ring), Shell Shekere, Gon Bops Cuica, Wrist Jingles, a Bass Skin Udu from Nigeria, Log drum, Ocean drums with steel bullets, Bhutan and Vietnam bells, Wooden bells.
Also available for gigastudio (4-CD Set).