Shan Bawu

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Made for the FULL Kontakt 5.4.1+
Traditional Chinese Wind Instrument
Slur, Slide, Ornamental Legato
4 variations of Legato MICROPHRASES!
Collaboration with world flutist William Arnold

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William Arnold is a renowned world flutist, vocalist, and session musician.
He creates evocative, emotional, and expressive leads and background textures using my voice and/or a variety of flutes from across the globe. He's also an experienced reader and improviser adept at fulfilling the needs of composers, songwriters, bands, and other media professionals.
For more information about William, visit his website:
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Though it’s shaped like a flute, the Bawu is a free reed instrument. It has a pure clarinet-like timbre, and players often incorporate the use of ornamentation, bending tones in particular.

This instrument most likely originated in the Yunnan province of southwest China and has become a standard instrument throughout. The Bawu is typically featured as a solo instrument in modern Chinese compositions for traditional ensembles and film scores alike.  Although this instrument is still predominantly performed in China, it has been embraced by many European composers and performers in recent years.

This virtual instrument is highly expressive, featuring multiple transition styles, including slur, slide, ornamental, and MICROPHRASE
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Legato Styles

William recorded an exhaustive set of slurs, slides, and ornaments. These transitions were chosen especially for the bawu.

Micro Phrases

An Embertone first! There are 4 styles of Micro Phrases, unique mordents/licks envisioned by William Arnold himself!

Artistic Approach

This instrument was built from the ground up with William's musical approach. Performances and articulations to match his unique and beautiful style.


Shan Bawu is a simple, inspiring, and highly playable virtual instrument… right out of the box! With lots of helpful configuration settings to match your playing style.

Flexible Control

You like using the modwheel for vibrato and an expression pedal for dynamics? Or a CC2 breath controller instead? Assign it that way and get straight to playing!

Instrument Walkthrough

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Compatible with Kontakt Full 5.4.1+
This is a FULL Version Kontakt instrument, meaning that you MUST have the full version of Kontakt to use it! It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX compatible host program or DAW, such as Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Reaper, Pro-Tools, Sonar, etc. No extra purchase needed!
System Requirements:
500 MB of disk space
Max RAM footprint is 500MB
Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
An Internet connection and a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate this product. Once installed and activated, the product can be used offline.
4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended for large KONTAKT Instruments)

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