The bawu is a Chinese wind instrument. Although shaped like a flute, it is actually a free reed instrument, with a single metal reed. It is played in a transverse (horizontal) manner. It has a pure, clarinet-like timbre and its playing technique incorporates the use of much ornamentation, particularly bending tones.
Bawu has a clear, clarinet-like timbre, and its playing technique involves the use of a large number of decorations, especially bending tones. The instrument is also closely associated with Hmong, Yi, Hani and other minority cultures in southwestern China. It is typically used as a solo instrument, and is often featured in film scores; it is sometimes also heard in popular music recordings.
Although the bawu is still predominantly performed in China, it has in recent years been adopted by European composers and performers.
Articulation Boxes: Located just below the Instrument header text are 3 centre boxes. Within each box you can choose and load an articulation. As there are 3 boxes you can load up to 3 articulations per preset ‘slot’.
Articulation Box Threshold: Located between the 3 Articulation Boxes is the sensitivity threshold. This adjusts the movement between the 3 boxes. For example if ‘Vertical Mode’ is set to ‘Velocity’ and your key pressure is between 0-80 (as in the picture) you will play back the lowest box, 81-109 you playback the middle box, and 110-127 you playback the top box.
Horizontal Mode: Controls how to access the Preset ‘Slots’. The most common mode is ‘keyswitches’ although you can use any other midi CC control move to between each slot.
Virtual Mode: Controls how you move between the ‘Articulation Boxes’. For example with it set to ‘Velocity’ you can use key pressure to playback different ‘Articulation Boxes’. Depending on how you like to work you can choose a different midi controller method.
Slots: One ‘slot’ is essentially a preset of 3 ‘articulation boxes’. You can have up to 20 ‘slots’. The big grid in the middle of the interface represents how many ‘slots’ are being used and which one is selected at any given point in time.
KSW: This allows you to set the starting note to map your group of ‘keyswitches’. For example if set to C0 the first keyswitch will start at C0 and the rest will follow on chromatically.
Legato ON: As an experiment we have added the wonderful SIPS script to provide a fake legato. This is more of a bonus feature but can be helpful for more melodic lines.
Semi: Moves the whole instrument mapping in semitone steps. Octave: Moves the whole instrument mapping in octave steps.
NKS Support: All Color instruments are NKS compatible. Please refer to your NKS hardware manual for more information.