Soundfiles within this Chinese percussion directory labelled .h have harder attacks (often produced by harder beaters), while soundfiles labeled .s have softer attacks.

I. Wooden Instruments

  • bangu (BanGu, 2 soundfiles, hit and roll): Woodblock-like timbre; the perceived strike tone pitch is approximately b5.
  • kua and kuai (KuaBan and KuaiBan, 6 soundfiles): The three kua soundfiles sound somewhat like clave or castenet strikes. Timbral and attack differences between kua.ef6.h ("harder" attack) and kua.ef6.s ("softer"attack) are rather subtle. The three kuai (KuaiBan) soundfiles have "chiffier" attacks, sounding somewhat like bamboo chimes that are clasped (immediately damped by the two hands), and the perceived strike tones are less well defined. Here, too, the differences between the "hard attack" (.h) and "soft attack" (.s) versions of \f2kuai.ef5\f1 are rather subtle.
  • nanbang.h, nanbang.s and nanbang.roll also have a clave-like timbre similar to bangu and kb1 (KauBan). The strike tone is approximately g5.

II. Membranophones

  • gu (Gu) : 10 soundfiles with timbres somewhat like tomtoms or rototoms
  • cassa drums : Taiwanese cassa drums, available in hard and \fIsoft\fR strikes. Although these are comparatively small cassa drums, the strike tone pitches are fairly low: f2, af2 and bf2.

III. Bowls

  • bianq (BianQing) : 8 soundfiles .RS 5 4 bowls, pitched d5, g5, c6 and e6, struck with hard (.h) and soft (.s) beaters; the timbres are similar to wine glasses struck with hard beaters; the differences in attack and timbre between the 4 .h (hard beater) and the 4 .s (soft beater) soundfiles are rather subtle

IV. Metallophones

  • bianz (BianZhong) : gongs; 14 soundfiles with strike tone pitches approximately at ds3, g3, b3, ds4 (almost 1/4 tone flat), e4 (flat), g4, cs5, g5, cs6, e6, g6, as6, c7, d7
  • Many of the strike tone pitches, and resulting pitch intervals between adjacent gong tones, do not correspond to Western equal tempered tuning.
  • 7 additional soundfiles (labelled .h) duplicate most of the higher pitches above, but were struck with harder mallets. However, the timbral and attack differences between the .h and the "normal"beater soundfiles are rather subtle.
  • Approximate strike tones of the 7 bianz .h soundfiles: cs5, g5, e6, g6, as6, c7, d7
  • luo (Luo) : gongs with more partials, somewhat like tamtams; 11 soundfiles; the approximate perceived strike tone pitches are:
    • luo1.h : g3
    • luo1.s : in between fs3 & g3
    • luo1.roll : in between g3 and fs3
    • luo2.h : gliss down from d4 to c4
    • luo2.s : c4
    • luo3.h : scoop up from about c5 to ef5
    • luo3.s : ef5
    • luo4.h : b5
    • luo4.s : b5
    • luo5.h and luo5.s : in between f4 and fs4
  • cha (Cha): The timbres of these 10 soundfiles vary considerably in different reigters and with different types of strikes, and are difficult to describe. Some sound rather like cymbals, others more like gongs, cowbells, flexatones (the "roll"variants) or even, in the case of the two damped "cha3" versions, in between metallic and wooded timbres.
    • cha1-1 and cha1-2 provide alternate versions, differing mostly in attack, of the largest, lowest pitched of these instruments.
    • cha2-1 and cha2-2 provide alternate strikes of a smaller, higher pitched instrument.
    • cha3 is the sound of a still smaller instrument, but one that produces lower partial frequencies. The two damped variants (cha3.dmpd1 and cha3.dmpd2) are very short and are unique in timbre.
  • chuanling (ChuanLing) : 2 soundfile variants of a "sleighbell-like" instrument, one rolled and one presenting a single shake.
  • The pengz (PengZhong) soundfiles are small bells. The perceived pitch of pengz.s is approximately g6, while pengz.h sounds like fs6 and g6 struck simultaneously.
  • burmabells : 9 high-pitched metallic bells from Burma,with timbres somewhat like crotales, but a shorter ring.
  • Tibetan singing bells : large, very resonant, long-ringing suspended metal bells or bowls; these beautiful bells feature "out of tune" harmonics and a strong amplitude tremolo on the strike. Eight soundfiles are available.
  • chigongballs : 4 soundfiles of timbrally bright, canging Chinese Chi Gong balls
  • The soundfiles in this directory were prepared by Matt Belzer and A.S., using samples from a compact disc recording called Chinese Percussion (published by Green Sound Inc. and EXY United Corp.) and from a Pro Samples cd.

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