Sound Magic Releases Morin Khuur, A Mongolian Fiddle Virtual Instrument

Sound Magic has released Morin Khuur, its latest hybrid modeling virtual instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit).

The Morin Khuur, also known as the horsehead fiddle , is a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument. It is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people, and is considered a symbol of the nation of Mongolia.

Sound Magic says that their new virtual instrument is the most comprehensive Morin Khuur sample library on the market. The samples were recorded at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

The recordings were created with 4 stereo sets of microphones:

  • A close microphone perspective, to capture the detailed sound of Morin Khuur;
  • A decca tree perspective, to reproduce the texture and dynamic of the Morin Khuur string section;
  • A stereo set, to come closer than close perspective to emphasize details; and
  • A stereo set that is placed above the audience seats to capture the full reverb sound of the hall of National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Mixing the 4 perspectives lets you customize the sound to your needs.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

Morin Khuur is available with an intro price of $99 until June, 2021 (normally $299).

5 thoughts on “Sound Magic Releases Morin Khuur, A Mongolian Fiddle Virtual Instrument

  1. 217GB is more than enough to record every song ever played by every master on every album.

    Although not many of those were recorded in such perfect 12 tone equal temperament as in the demo.

    > Recorded by Beijing National Orchestra

    Ah so that’s why it sounds like late 20th century Chinese government orchestrated orchestral music performed by western trained musicians and not in any way Mongolian music.

    1. ESL is tricky enough, then when you throw in some music terminology, and a voice-over talent who doesn’t know that terminology, something is bound to slip between the cracks.

      Might be nice if they had a friend who could vet such things.

      It’s an impressive sounding demo, and an impressive (magnificent) storage footprint.

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