The Guitar

The Guitar


A few years ago, I started building small instruments together with a good friend. This was done in a rather rudimentary way and most materials we used came from the hardware store.

This small cigar-box guitar here, was our first instrument we put together. It consists of two old cigar boxes we glued together and an 82 cm long wooden board over which three steel strings are stretched. The guitar is tuned to E – A – d and has a natural range from E2 to D5. Due to the cheap materials and construction, it sounds anything but flawless. Thus, the warm characteristics of its sounds are accompanied by many buzz sounds.

This guitar was my first attempt at sampling an instrument for Kontakt. Consequently, my setup was fairly simple. It consisted of a Røde NT1-A microphone, which I placed about 30 cm away from the guitar. I sampled each semitone of the instrument six times. Three times mezzoforte and three times forte fortissimo. This results in three round robins for each recorded dynamic. I chose these two dynamics because they best show the characteristics of the instrument. In the quiet and medium dynamics, the sound remains pretty much the same, which is why I decided to record at mezzoforte. Only when you hit the strings harder does the sound change, which is why I recorded at forte fortissimo. The Kontakt instrument features a simple GUI as well. There you can switch on an artificially created stereo spread as well as a reverb effect.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Hilowitz, whose YouTube tutorials helped me a lot in creating this sample instrument. I would also like to thank Patrick Bächli, who built the guitar with me.

Tuning: E – A – d
Microphone: Røde NT1-A
Unpacked audio size: 202 MB
Kontakt 6.5.1


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5.0 rating
May 31, 2021

me ah sorprendido mucho la forma en la que has logrado construir el instrumento, espero sigas creando mas instrumentos para así también tener mayores sonido, recuerda subir mas contenido para calificar



A small handmade cigar-box guitar

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