Drum and percussion instruments
After the success of Gu Zheng, Peking Opera Percussion is the second virtual instrument of our Chinese developer team, who specialized on virtually reproducing traditional Chinese instruments with great passion.
Peking Opera Percussion is a collection of high quality drum and percussion instruments used in traditional Chinese Opera, especially the Peking Opera, one of the cultural treasures of China, and Kunqu Opera, known as the „teacher“ or „mother“ of a hundred operas. The library also includes other percussion instruments commonly used in contemporary Chinese music, such as a 4 feet high drum, played in solo and ensemble performances, various gongs and cymbals. Even the unique Bianzhong that was found in the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng was included. It is an ancient Chinese instrument dating back to 433 BC that consists of a several bronze bells, hung in a wooden frame and struck with a mallet.
Like Yellow River Sounds Gu Zheng, Peking Opera Percussion was produced using top notch sampling, editing and programming, by local Chinese producers, who have a natural understanding of their culture and a sole passion to express the true quality of Chinese instruments.
To help you find your way into the rhythm patterns of Chinese opera we included many playable midi templates.
- 3GB sample library, at 44.1kHz 24bit.
- Most Chinese percussion instruments included
- Midi grooves included
- 2 microphone positions with dry/wet control
- Powered by Best Service “Engine”
YRS Peking Opera Percussion includes layers in four categories: Jingda, Drum, Bell, Cymbal/Gong. We sampled the most often used articulations in Chinese percussion, some layers with up to 16 velocity levels; allowing absolutely detailed and dynamic
Most of the layers have their unique screen layout. You will learn how the real instruments look like; while listening to their sound. On some layers, the individual instrument that is actually playing will be highlighted. This will help you to familiarize with the Chinese percussions.
Drum layers include a roll crossfade mapping, which can be controlled via CC1. This is a useful feature for reproducing a realistic crescendo.
Close Mic and Room Mic
All layers have close mic and room mic samples. You can use the dry/wet control to adjust the balance between them.
- Jingda - This folder contains 2 sets of Peking Opera Percussion which include Bangu, Ban, Muyu, Gong, Cymbal, MIDI files: The lower sections are new grooves made by composer Zhang Jian, the higher sections are traditional grooves, including various intros and endings, which can be used to reproduce the Peking Opera scene.
- Jingda Wen - This percussion set is lower in pitch, which is commonly used in non-action type scenes.
- Jingda Wu - This percussion set is higher in pitch, which is mainly used for action, fights or similar scenes.
- Weifeng Kit - A popular Chinese drum set for local people‘s amusement, such as ceremonies, holidays, or just for after-work entertainment. You may hear these grooves on the streets in the evening, while old or mid age people dance to it.
- Drum Set - Full drum set including all the samples in this folder, both solo & ensemble.
- Jiangu Solo - A big, 4 feet tall Chinese drum, played by one player. It has 3 hit positions on the drum skin, plus stick (left & right), rim (left & right), double/triple hits and mute.
- Jiangu 5P - Big drum ensemble, played by 5 people. It has 2 hit positions on the drum skin, plus stick, rim (fast & slow), double/triple hits and mute.
- Huapengu Solo - Smaller Chinese drum with a flowerpot shape, played by one player. It has 3 hit positions on the drum skin, plus stick, rim, double/triple hits and mute (left & right).
- Huapengu 5P - Huapen drum ensemble, played by 5 players. It has 2 hit positions on the drum skin, plus stick, rim (fast & slow), double/ triple hits and mute.
- Pigu - One set of small drums, a total of 12 pieces, including one shot and roll crossfade.
- Bianzhong - This is an important instrument in ancient China‘s ritual and court music. What we sampled is a replica of the original Bianzhong, Marquis Yi of Zeng, which was excavated in the 1970s and has a history of more than 2000 years. Bianzhong has 3 rows, with some bells having the same pitch on different rows, so they differ in tone.
- Qing - One set of small bell type percussions.
Cymbal & Gong
- Gong Luo - Includes 4 gongs with various sizes and pitches
- Cymbal Cha - Includes 2 cymbals with different sizes.
- Cymbal Naobo - 2 different cymbals with different sizes.
- Gongs Other - Various Gongs from several Chinese regions.
- Yunluo - Small gong sets, with a fixed pitch for each gong. Can be used to play melody lines, with 2 kinds of drum sticks.
- Shimianluo - Gong set placed on a wood rack, with 10 different gongs and varying pitches. They are mainly used to produce exciting atmospheres.
- Producer: Zhang Jian
- Executive Producer: Ma Jing
- Drum/Perucssion Player: Wang Yi Dong/Wang Jun and team
- Recording Engineer: Cao Meng/Jiang Song Song
- Editing: Zhang Jian, Ma Jing
- MIDI Demo: Zhang Jian
- Graphic Design: Ding Jing
Véracité des layers, des articulations et des grooves, graphisme soigné dans Engine
On ne peut jouer les instruments à la souris que dans le 1er groupe.
Sounds simply phenomenal, capturing the full flavour of some uniquely characterful instruments.
Peking Opera Percussion ist natürlich speziell, aber dennoch nicht nur für sinologisch veranlagte Musiker relevant. Sowohl im Vertonungsbereich, als auch für diverse Musikstile lassen sich hier interessante und wenig „abgenutzte“ Klänge finden. Nichts für Routinearbeit, aber für experimentierfreudige Musiker durchaus zu empfehlen.
Fazit: Peking Opera Percussion ist eine Library mit außergewöhnlichen Schlaginstrumenten, die qualitativ gut und sehr natürlich aufgenommen wurden. Während sich die Trommeln auch universell einsetzen lassen versprühen die meisten Sounds einen deutlich chinesischen Charakter. WEr genau das sucht, findet in dieser Library zu einem guten Preis gut spielbare Instrumente. Jan-Soeren Haas, Keys
Mit Peking Opera Percussion ist Best Service zweifelsohne eine der umfangreichsten und hochwertigsten Sammlungen chinesischer Percussions-Instrumente gelückt. Die charaktervolle Sample-Bibliothek brilliert mit einer beeindruckenden Detailtiefe und vermag sich durch ihre wunderbar natürlich klingenden und nuanciert spielbaren Multi Samples von den Mitbewerbern abzusetzen
Bewertung: 5,5 von 6 Punkten
Although most of the drums are unfamiliar to us by name, each one sounds fantastic - a quality collection of diverse sounds which can be used in a variety of contexts. MTM
MusicTech Magazine, 9 from 10 stars
MusicRadar Rating, 4,5 stars from 5
Chinese customer comment:
I particularly love the Peking Opera Percussion. Been playing the Chinese Lion Dancing Drums and Cymbals on my Roland VDrum. It's amazing!
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