Gong is a metal idiophone musical instrument of Asian origin. It is a large forged brass disk of a convex shape with bent edges that is suspended by two fabric pendants to the frame stand. The shape of the disc of this gong is much like the traditional Chinese straw hat. The gong sounds are extracted by hits with its wooden mallet on the disk. The mallet has the soft fabric cap at the one end. Depending on where the hit was made, the tone of gong sound changes. Gong is an essential feature of the national heritage of many western countries. Its sonorous beats accompany a lot of festivals, parades and cultural events. In martial arts, such as the Sumo, hit of the gong marks the beginning or end of the round. Gong drives away the evil spirits, playing music like natural sounds. This ancient Chinese musical instrument has become truly international. Gong is a great symbolic gift for anyone, no matter what is his ethnic origin. It is not only a musical instrument, but also an excellent souvenir, symbol of Feng Shui. Since ancient times in China, it was a belief that gong activates the flow of positive energy. When settlers come in new home, they might feel uncomfortable because of the uncomfortable energy attitude. Pleasant sounding of gong was intended to speed the flow of positive energy and clean energy stagnation in the new housing.
The current gong 3d model consist of three main parts. They are:
The actual gong is a forged brass disk. The disk 3d model is created with the quad-topology and has a professionally tuned material, made with special accuracy. It includes all basic diffuse, reflect and bump maps, as well as map of anisotropy rotation, and a worn mask. All textures have a great resolution of 3300 by 3300 pixels, what lets to use the 3d model in the close-ups and even as the main object of 3d scene, without worrying for the quality of the 3d visualization.
Gong disk hangs on two fabric stretches, which are attached to a metal ring stand.
Frame stand is made of thick metal rod, bent into a circle. Additionally, the two curved legs of the similar rod are attached to the main ring and they keep all the construction stable. Metal legs are attached to the ring by welding, and the 3d model has an imitation of the welds in the contact points between these parts, what gives it a special realism and detail. In addition, all four ends of the legs have rubber caps that give the structure stability and protect against wearing the surface, which will be a real gong on. Stand’s metal is covered with a black, slightly shiny paint. The legs of the stand carry the little tabs that are intended to keep the mallet always near the gong.
Mallet is a wooden stick, covered with a transparent protective varnish, on one end of which is a soft fabric ball, and the lace on the other. It prevents loss of a mallet from a hand. It is this mallet hit the gong, causing last to produce a sound. Material of a fabric soft ball has a specific structure, applied to the diffuse slot. To give a more realistic and relief, the same texture is in the bump-slot of its material. However, the most realistic result can be achieved by applying the same texture not only as a bump, but use it as a map of displacement.
This tabletop gong can be used as a 3d clipart for post-production of animation and advertising, and will be a wonderful and unusual decor item, adding an unique oriental flavor to interior design.
The look of this gong 3d model in the interior and studio environments, as well as photo-realistic animation, you can see and even hear on the above preview images.
The 3d model itself is a copy of the actually existing Chinese gift wind gong.
This gong 3d model is presented in five formats for maximum compatibility with various computer graphics packages, flexibility and ease of use:
3ds Max 5.0 and higher: [ 3ds Max 5.0 / Standard ] + [ V-Ray MAT ] + [ All Textures ]: Archive with the 3d model file of 3ds Max 5.0 format, MAT-file with 3ds Max V-Ray materials, plus all the texture files. Ideal for users, who has 3ds Max of almost any version, that is 5.0 and above.
3ds Max 2008 with V-Ray: [ 3ds Max 2008 / V-Ray ] + [ All Textures ]: Archive with the original 3d model file of 3ds Max 2008 format and the V-Ray material, plus all the texture files. It is a source format and it is designed for users of V-Ray on 3ds Max 2008 and above.
Universal Autodesk [ FBX / Standard ] + [ All Textures ]: Archive with the 3d model file in Autodesk FBX universal format with the standard internal materials, and all texture files. It is handy for use in most Autodesk applications and in the few others.
Universally accepted [OBJ / MTL ]+ [All Textures]: archive with 3d model file in a generic Wavefront OBJ format, external obj material MTL file, and all the textures for material. This format allow the easy use of this 3d model as a three-dimensional clipart in various applications, especially in those that have limitations of the 3d technologies such as in the 2D raster editor Photoshop.
Universally accepted [3DS / Basic ]+ [All Textures]: archive with 3d model file in a generic 3d studio max 3DS format with the internal basic materials, and all the textures for material. This format allow the easy use of this 3d model as a three-dimensional clipart in various applications, especially in those that have limitations of the 3d technologies such as in the 2D raster editor Photoshop.
All format file archives contain the combined diffuse texture, that is useful when there is a need to make material without using blend masks and have the dark worn on a gong disc.