Akebono Instrument Details

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Included Instruments

Akebono has 15 different instruments to select from, each recreated with a combination of samples and digital synthesis.

These sounds have been categorized and presented in 3 different Kontakt instruments…

Akebono: Plucked

Akebono: Plucked contains all of the plucked string sounds.

  • 箏 (Koto)
    A 13 string zither, similar to the Chinese Gu Zheng, and the Korean Gayageum.
    2 different Kotos are included.
  • 十七絃 (17-string Koto)
    A variation of the Koto, also known as the Bass Koto, because of its lower range.
    2 different Bass Kotos are included.
  • 古琴 (Guqin)
    The name translates as “ancient stringed instrument”. It is a fretless, bridgeless zither.
  • 三味線 (Shamisen)
    Literally translates as “three strings”. It is kind of like a box-shaped banjo without frets.
    3 different Shamisen are included.
  • 琵琶 (Biwa)
    A fretted lute, and a close relative to the Chinese Pipa.

Each of the above instruments includes two variant articulations.

Akebono: Wind

Akebono: Wind contains all of the sustained instrument sounds, most of which are woodwind.

  • 尺八 (Shakuhachi)
    An end-blown bamboo flute. Probably the most well-known Japanese woodwind instrument.
  • 篠笛 (Shinobue)
    A transverse flute, also made from bamboo.
  • 能管 (Nohkan)
    Another bamboo transverse flute.
  • ひちりき (Hichiriki)
    A double-reed flute, similar to the western oboe.
  • 笙 (Shō)
    A mouth organ, made from bamboo that uses metal reeds to produce its sound. Similar in principal to a western harmonica, though with a very different playing style, as it is possible to produce dense chords and tone clusters.
  • 胡弓 (Kokyū)
    The only traditional Japanese stringed instrument to be played with a bow. It is similar in appearance to the shamisen.

Akebono: Percussive

Akebono: Percussive is a kit containing 13 different percussion sounds:

  • 大太鼓 (Big Taiko)
    A large, wooden, double-headed drum. Similar in sound to a concert bass drum.
  • 胴打 (Dou Uchi)
    Hitting the taiko drum on the side. A hollow wooden sound.
  • 締太鼓 (Shime-daiko)
    Literally translates as “tight drum”. A smaller, shallower taiko drum.
  • 鈴 (Bell)
    A small cymbal.
  • 拍子木 (Hyoshigi)
    Two pieces of wood or bamboo that are hit together. Similar to a clave.
  • 鉦 (Surigane)
    A small gong.
  • 羯鼓 (Kakko)
    Another tight, double-headed drum, though deeper than the Shime-daiko.
  • 大鼓 (Ōtsuzumi)
    A large hour-glass shaped drum.
  • 小鼓 (Kotsuzumi)
    A small hour-glass shaped drum.
  • 掛け声オー (Kakegoe “ō“)
    A shout or call made during the performance.
  • 掛け声イヨー (Kakegoe “Iyō“)
    A shout or call made during performance.