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Like the transient beauty of Sakura (Japanese for Cherry Blossom), the sound of stringed instruments blossoms and fades. Image-Line brings you ‘Sakura’, the string physical modelling instrument, to express the delicacy and beauty of stringed sounds.

Reproduce the Delicate Pluck of a Single String.

Sakura can reproduce the delicate pluck of a single string, a violins bowing or the sonorous resonance of a grand piano. Most importantly, the curious musician can take control of every aspect of the simulation to create fantastic instruments. Ever wanted to know what a 20 foot guitar sounded like? Or a bowed piano? Now you can find out, Sakura opens up a world of string modelling possibilities, why not download the Sakura demo and try it for yourself. The Sakurazensen is coming, be there to experience it.

Virtual Modelling in Sakura follows a 5 Stage Hanami-Process:

  • Contact - An impulse, the mechanical contact with the string, is first generated then shaped to simulate plucks, picks, scrapes, hammers, taps or humble fingers.
  • Vibration - Sakura’s dual string model then gives the operator control over a wide range of parameters such as damping, tension, positioning and string properties.

  • String Interaction – The dual strings are then mixed, panned and enveloped to simulate interactions.

  • Resonance - The string/s vibration then interacts with an 8-resonator ‘body simulator’ to create the size, material and shape of the instrument

  • Acoustics - Virtual acoustic space is then simulated with chorus, delay and reverberation effects.

System Requirements


  • Windows: 7 or later.
  • 2 GHz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512MB RAM.
  • 30MB free disc space.
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard.
  • VST 2 compatible host.


  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later (not Big Sur compatible)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family.
  • 512MB RAM.
  • 30MB free disc space.
  • CoreAudio drivers.
  • VST 2 compatible host - (does not include AU)

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