Otwin Campfire Guitar
This instrument was my first attept of sampling an instrument with Kontakt. The guitar which was used here was the exercise instrument of my uncle when he was young and lasted most of his life on the attic of my parents house until it found the way to my place.
It’s a guitar of the company “Otwin” and with its cracks in the top and other damages it looks like it feels comfortable with being played at a campfire. However, it has almost a jazzy sound when played. Other than that the sampled Kontakt patch is rather sounding like a harp, at least when played with a typical piano keyboard.
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This is lovely
I love the imperfections and tone.
An acoustic with a personality all of its own
In case you were wondering, Otwin is a German guitar maker – possibly even from the former GDR (East Germany) if the information I could find via Google and my guitar reference books is correct. The company built some twin-neck electrics under the Musima brand name, but it was perhaps best known for its big, hollow-bodied semi-acoustic jazz models, which might explain the jazzy tinge to the tone of this virtual instrument. The fact that this guitar was clearly sampled at the ‘pre-loved’ stage of its existence means it comes with bags of character. The lower, wound strings rattle a bit but that produces a pleasant sibilance rather than a harsh clatter and there’s some lovely contrast in the velocity layers, with the heavily plucked notes almost possessing a pitch-bend quality. Nice work, Johannes. Ausgezeichnet, sogar!