Samplephonics has announced the release of Shakuhachi, a new freebie featuring a sampled shakuhachi Japanese ethnic instrument.

The Shakuhachi is a bamboo flute with a distinctive warm body and thick harmonic character. This Japanese ethnic instrument is well-known due to its intensive use in modern film scores.

Handy tip – layer up the static sustained notes with a staccato articulation, delay the static track by 50-100ms and allow the classic Shakuhachi articulations to shine through and add character!

Choose from a number of articulations and play around with the pitch to get monstrous sounding organs and pads!

Audio demo:

Shakuhachi library is available as WAV files and come pre mapped into Ableton Sampler, Kontakt, EXS24, Mach-5, SFZ, Halion and Reason NN-XT, each with 4 articulations and multiple round robins and velocities.

In order to download it, registration at Samplephonics is required. Download size is 125MB compressed.

More info:

Shakuhachi free sample library

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