QIN EDITION: ChineeSanXian

The Banjo from the Eastern Kingdom.



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The History

SanXian (literally means "3 strings") can be traced back to Qin dynasty, 3rd century B.C. It is mostly known to the West through its Japanese decedent, samisen. SanXian's sound character is a bit similar to Banjo.

SanXian comes in a several sizes, the big SanXian can be a tough challenge for short musicians. Even though SanXian has always been a vital component in the Chinese music, in modern times people inclined to learn other instruments over it for various reasons.

SanXian is still widely used in all kinds of folk musical acts and performances everywhere. Nowadays in the Shanghai area, a revived form of performance, PingTan (評彈), is usually performed as a duet of a PiPa and a SanXian. Appreciating this kind of local forms of musical performances characterizes that China is, once again, embracing her own historical music tradition.

ChineeSanXian captures and recreates SanXian faithfully and is powered by the new Windows native QIN engine.

System requirements and specs:

dot 229 MB meticulously crafted and arranged sample sets.
dot Powered by the all-new Windows native QIN engine.
Windows XP/VISTA/Windows 7. 1GB RAM. Pentium 4.3GHz CPU.
dot Works 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  

At this point in time, QIN engine itself is 32-bit only. But this does not prevent it from being used in 64-bit host, if the said host contains a compatible bit-bridge.

Special Offer:

Existing customer can get ChineeSanXian with a time-limited (till June 14th) special deep discount! Check your email for instructions. *We always give our existing users the best discount. Join the collective and you will see.

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


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Recording Musician: Zhang YuXi

Latest Version:

v2.0 201105

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