Akebono Instrument Details
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 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 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 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.