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8Dio Qanun

Platform: PC Windows x86, PC Windows x64, MAC OSX X32 PowerPC, MAC OSX X64 Intel
Format: Kontakt
Disks: 2 DVD
8Dio Qanun

Qanun Instrument for Kontakt VST-AU-AAX Samples overview

The Qanun (Kanun) is a plucked string instrument. It is a type of large Zither/Psaltery with trapezoidal soundboard and common in traditional Middle Eastern, North African and West Asian music. It is regarded as a classical instrument in most of the Arab world and Turkey (kanun). The history of the Qanun is somewhat sparse, but earliest versions of the instrument go back to 10th Century Egypt. The modern versions are using Nylon or PVC strings stretched over a single bridge poised on fish-skins and with attached tuning pegs (all elements that we sampled separately).

We deep-sampled the Qanun with a variety of different finger positions, which each has a different attack and percussive quality to them, including thumbs, fingertips, picks, picks on bridge and pizzicato style of playing. We also recorded all the pegged bends both ascending and descending in half- and whole notes, which is an unusual but cool technique for the instrument. In addition we recorded tremolo, vibrato made by moving pegs fast, harmonics, fisme on press, fiske on release and an assortment of sound FX.

The Qanun was recorded with four microphone positions, including contact mics, close mics, semi-close and room mics. The end-result is a staggering +23.000 samples and the most comprehensive Qanun ever sampled. We also added our new micro-tuner, so you can get traditional middle-eastern tunings for Qanun.

Our CHAOS engine has also been added to multiply the textures and possibilities this library has to offer. We hope you enjoy using this library as much as we enjoyed making for you.


  • Deep-Sampled Qanun w/ 5 Finger & Playing Types
  • Custom Vintage Qanun
  • +23.120 Samples / 8.9GB (compressed from 21.4GB)
  • 4 Mic Positions (Contact, Close, Semi-Close & Room)
  • 5 Styles (Thumbs, Fingers, Pick, Bridge & Pizzicato)
  • 4 Bends (Ascending/Descending Half & Whole Tones)
  • Tremolo, Vibrato and Assorted FX Sections
  • Advanced Microtuning Options Custom For Qanun
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later required

5 Finger Styles

The 8Dio Qanun offers you five different playing/finger styles. We deep-sampled the Qanun with both Thumbs, Fingertips, Picks, Picks on Bridge and traditional plucked Pizzicato. The different playing/finger styles each brings out a different character in the instrument from the soft and warm thumbs to the more trebly sound of finger tips and the more pointy sound of guitar picks. The idea is to give you a wealth of options, so depending on what type of attack and sustain your music requires – you have all the sound options available.

Assorted Articulations

The 8Dio Qanun contains a rich section of assorted articulations, including tremolo, harmonics, vibrato generated by moving the pegs in rapid fashion, fiske on press and release and additional FX. We also added four types of bending pegs. We sampled each note in both ascending and descending fashion and both half- and whole tone. So imagine you play the instrument, but want to bend the note. You would essentially detune the instrument by moving the peg in real-time.

Micro-tunings & Options

The 8Dio Qanun offers a variety of ethnic micro-tunings, which transforms the instrument in several ways. We added the most common microtunings for Qanun, which includes: Rast, Saba, Bayati, Hijaz, Huzam, Sikah and Suznak. In addition we also created an Ensemble function, so you can have up to three Qanuns playing at the same time. We also added our new Flow-Note system, so you can have the program play repeated notes for fast performances.

Microphone Positions

The Qanun also comes with four different microphone options, including Contact Mic, Close Mic, Semi Close and Room Microphones. The contact microphones gives a unique perspective into the resonating body of the instrument – where as the close gives you an upfront sound captured right outside the body of the instrument. The semi-close and room microphones are more ambient. So in essence you can dial in the exact microphone perspective needed for your composition.

Chaos FX

The Qanun is also supported by our latest Chaos FX engine, which allows you to virtually do anything you desire to the Qanun. Whether its redesigning the layout by key-control, create a step-based filter sequencer, precision dial EQ, bit-crush or distort, stereo-delay or mess around with dual convolution reverbs. We even added our Chaos system, so you can randomize entire FX with a single mouse click.


Main Playing/Finger Types:

  • Thumbs
  • Fingertips
  • Pick
  • Pick on bridge
  • Pizzcicato

Peggend Bends:

  • Ascending Half-Tone
  • Descending Whole-Tone
  • Ascending Whole-tone
  • Descending Whole-Tone

Assorted Articulations:

  • Tremolo
  • Vibrato w/ Pegs
  • Harmonics
  • Fiske (On Press)
  • Fiske (On Release)
  • Sound FX
For more information, please visit this products webpage.
You may buy 8Dio Qanun or download it on our site. This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 17 December, 2016.


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