Three-Body Tech Phoenix Scream

Chinese Suona Virtual Instruments

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Apple Silicon Compatible
AAX Native - Compatible with Pro Tools 11 and above
AudioUnits Format VST2 Format
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Suona is the Chinese variant of Surnay that originates from central Asia.

It has a characteristic reed made of bulrush trunk, resulting in its featured metallic sound rich in high-frequency.

Suona is highly expressive, especially for extreme delight or grief-stricken emotions.

Thus, it is commonly used in both weddings and burials in Chinese tradition.

Nowadays, it appears in maestoso or heroic topics in contemporary works more often.

Also, Suona's expressiveness is reflected in its reproduction ability. It can mimic real-world sound with highly flexible performances, such as birds sing, monkey cry, and frog croak, and these are all included in this virtual instrument.

To ease creating harmonic parts, there are two virtual instruments for Suona: Phoenix Scream with the most commonly-used pitch range, and Phoenix Growl that is a bass. Phoenix Growl is included when you purchase Phoenix Scream.



Adjustable Sound Field

When samples were recorded, 5 different microphones were used with different positions to capture the spatial and reverb characteristics of Suona.

All these channels were mixed down to four channels: Yin, Yang, and far stereo.

The volumes of these four channels were adjustable in software, making it possible to obtain various tones.


Performances

By controlling airflow and finger, Suona has a very rich set of performances such as mordent, finger pole popping, trill, flutter, vibrato, staccato, and gliss.

All these performances can be triggered in Phoenix Scream software, making it the most adjustable Suona virtual instrument.


Realistic Expressions

Phoenix Scream has real-recorded expressions that are freely controllable.

With the control of MIDI CC, it can express tone changes like a real Suona performance.


Glissando

With three different speeds of real-recorded gliss samples and sample synthesis technique, Phoenix Scream can perform gliss at freely adjustable speed.


Vibrato Engine

Real-sample-based LFO engine making Phoenix Scream performs vibrato that is both realistic and adjustable.


Sampling Engine

Self-developed sampling engine with better sound quality, more powerful disk buffer streaming/sampling compression technology, and brand-new sound fusion technology.


Legato

We recorded the sound between legato notes at three speeds, and apply them according to the playing speed in the software.

In addition, we recorded "popping legato" and "flutter legato" that are specific to Chinese Suona.


Spectrum Fusion Legato Technology

Real-recorded legato samples can enhance the realism of legato instruments, but the conjugate part by naive cross-fade algorithm of two samples would induce phase-cancellation problems.

In order to better cohesive legato performance, we developed the "spectrum fusion legato" technology.

When necessary, frequency domain fusion is used instead of time-domain cross-fade to create transition parts between samples, which improves the smoothness of the connection.


Abundant Sound Effects

We summarized and screened 29 techniques of Suona, including traditional performance techniques, film and television soundtracks, and special techniques commonly used in Chinese ancient style songs, just to preserve the natural talent of Suona to the greatest extent.


Convolution Reverb

At the beginning of the Chinese Traditional series development, we started to record the convolution reverb samples from spectacular places, famous natural and historical heritages in China. Thus you can simulate Phoenix Scream being played at the Great Wall or Terracotta Army site.


Effect Rack

A Compressor, EQ, Chorus, and Ping-Pong delay are included, allowing you to create more flexible sounds.


Pattern Library

Complete pattern library, with rich preset of patterns that can be updated in the future. And you can add your own pattern by dragging MIDI clips inside.


  • 3617 samples, 44100 Hz / 24-bit
  • Sample size: 5.2GB

System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.9 Mavericks and above
  • Windows 7 and above (32 and 64-bit)
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
  • 4GB RAM or more
  • 6GB free storage space

Plugin Formats

AAX Native, AU, VST2


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