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    "Egypt Qanun" By Earthtone
We proudly present our freshest release “Egypt Qanun” contains professionally played incredibly rich, traditional and complex melodies which is allows you to discover world of Qanun!

The qanun is a string instrument, descending from the old Egyptian harp. The name derives from the Arabic and means ‘rule’, ‘principle’ or ‘mode’. The body of the qanun consists of a trapezoid-shaped flat wooden board over which 81 strings are stretched in groups of three, with 24 treble strings consisting of three strings to each note. The instrument is placed flat on the knees of the musician or on a small table. Qanun strings are plucked with two plectra, one plectrum attached to the forefinger of each hand. A long bridge on the right-hand side of the instrument rests on goat (or fish) skin covered windows that carry the resonance to the box. On the left hand side, each course of strings passes over a series of small brass levers that are used to make microtonal changes in pitch. Since the qanun only includes 8 notes per octave, the player initially sets the levers to create the scale of the starting maqam. When the player needs to modulate to another maqam, they need to switch some levers back and forth with the left hand while playing with the right hand. Quick modulation can also be achieved by using the fingernail of the left thumb to temporarily raise the tuning of some strings.

In detail expect to find 674MB of raw content featuring 94 beautifully played “Qanun” loops at 90/100/120bpm and includes a dry version (w/o any additional e.q, compressor or reverb effects) and wet version of each, giving a total of 188 files. All loops are Key and tempo labeled for ease of use. All sounds are ready to fit straight in your tracks.

This instrument can be used accompanying other instruments and perfectly usable in variety of musical genres whether you’re producing world music, ethnic & organic folk music, experimental, cinematic, ambient, meditation, live lounge, electronica or even hip hop also suitable for film score, documentaries and media compositions as well - the only limit is your imagination!

Please Note: This is a “Qanun” pack ONLY, other sounds contained within this Demo are for illustration purposes only.

Tech Specs

24 Bit Quality

188 Files (94 dry - 94 wet)
060 Qanun Loops at 90bpm
060 Qanun Loops at 100bpm
060 Qanun Loops at 120bpm
008 Timeless Qanun Melodies

- Key and Tempo included