Virtual Instruments and Sound Libraries
Here’s a quick roundup of virtual guzheng instruments for composers and producers. You’ll need a version of Kontakt Player to run these. They range from $60-$120. The current recommendation for best value is Impact Soundworks. It has the best interface, best control set, a great set of techniques, and is surprisingly the cheapest.
Evolution Series ranks second. They have a more focused list of techniques with several options for tremolo, a slightly less usable interface, and are the most expensive. Soniccoutoure was most recently updated, so that’s nice.
There are non-Kontakt options out there. Best Service, A company in Germany, Released Yellow River Sound Guzheng in 2009. Price: $129 USD. Sound MAgic / Supreme Piano, an unknown, possibly China-based company released Guzheng in 2019 for $99.
There are various Sample Libraries out there if you don’t want a virtual instrument. One example is the 2009 “Silk’ from Sounds Online. It includes guzheng and 22 other sampled instruments in their $299 USD library.
Price: $59 USD
Sound Files: 24bit, references 10GB install size and 50GB uncompressed.
Release Year: 2017.
Picks w/ Sponge
Bend Down Halftone
Bend Down Whole Tone
Bend Up Halftone
Bend Up Whole Tone
Edge Bow Down
Edge Bow Up
Edge Bow Down-Up
Edge Bow Staccato
Edge Bow Crescendo
Kontakt Version: 5.7
Price: ~$70 USD (€ 59)
Sound Files 24bit, 2.29GB total.
Release Year: 2013, last update unknown.
Articulations / Techniques: 5- “fingers, pick, stick, bow and ebow".
Kontakt Version: Player 4.2.3
Notes: I have no idea what ‘stick’ is supposed to be.
Price: $119 USD
Sound Files: 24 bit 48khz, 18GB lossless, total. References 40 GB uncompressed
Release Year: 2013, possibly updated in 2017.
Articulations/Techniques: 14 "techniques".
Tremolo Dim Rel
Tremolo Slow Crescendo Dim Rel
Tremolo Fast Cresceno Dim Rel
Tremolo Bend down
Tremolo Bend Up
Kontakt Version: 4
No Manual Available.