Superior Man's Zither.



Essential China

The Vivacious Vessel of Harmony

GuQin is among the few most distinctive and representative classical Chinese instruments ever. The written record of it can be traced back to at least 3,000 years ago.

It's a zither similar to GuZheng, but since GuQin does not have bridges, it is far more versatile in terms of tones and playing techniques, it is also much harder to master.

GuQin has a special place in the Chinese history as a symbol of the high-culture of the nobles and intellectuals (Junzi, Superior Man). It's also seen as the vessel for pursuing harmony. Even Confucius had played and taught GuQin. During the last two tumultuous centuries of China, however, GuQin's tradition almost went extinct. Nowadays the Chinese have resumed the tradition and are trying to revitalize GuQin.

GuQin is usually accompanied with a lower-pitched flute in performance. ChineeNanxiao, or some other xiaos in ChineeWinds are good choices of companion. The music style is usually more personal and inward.

In 2003 , GuQin music is recognized as Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

About ChineeGuQin

With true knowledge of the Chinese instrument, Kong Audio planned GuQin from the ground up. By intertwining the detailed sampling and the tailored Advanced Legato mode, GuQin is brought back to life in its authenticity. As can be heard from the audio demo (which is made with ONE SINGLE track of ChineeGuQin, without even using pitch-bending at all), ChineeGuQin captures not only the sound, but also the “silence” (string-sliding), which is essential to GuQin music.

Also new is the real-time subset browser which greatly helps the user to see which subset is active in the current patch according to the incoming notes. By default ChineeGuQin is in the legato mode. It can be switched to polyphony mode using the Sustain Pedal, giving the musician an easy switch of the playing style. When in the polyphony mode, the playing style is usually played in two sections.

System requirements and specs:

dot 425 MB meticulously crafted sample sets.
dot Powered by the all-new Windows native QIN engine.
Windows XP/VISTA/Windows 7. 1GB RAM.
dotWorks in VSTi compatible hosts (See the compatibility table below.)
dot All samples are recorded in 1-bit/2.8 MHz

Host Compatibility Table:

Host Windows 32 Windows 64 Version
Standalone YES YES  
Cubase/Nuendo YES YES Cubase 64-bit v5.53 and above
Sonar YES jbridge X86: v6.0 and above
Finale 2011 YES YES  
Overture YES YES  
FL Studio YES N/A  
Orion YES jbridge  
Vienna Pro YES jbridge  
Reaper YES YES  
Metro YES YES  
Renoise NO NO  
Music Maker MX NO NO  
Samplitude NO* NO*  
Ableton Live NO NO  
MixCraft 5 YES N/A  

Special Offer:

Existing customer can get ChineeGuQin with a time-limited (till January 12th) special deep discount!Check your email for the instructions.

Get the ESSENTIAL CHINA or the INSTANT CHINA pack for the 20%-off discount! All our registered users will benefit from discount of future products as well.


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Recording Musician:
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Latest Version:

V 1.00 12/09



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