Acoustic Harmonics

12th fret artificial harmonics played on both acoustic guitar and guitalele with a healthy splash of reverb.

The story

Unfortunately I have a life long medical condition, haemophilia, which causes problems with joints. Everyone is different, but for me it impacts my elbows. As a result playing guitar can be very difficult, or even impossible at times. Recently I found myself unable to play but in need of some ambient guitar parts. I decided to record some 12th fret artificial harmonics as you can play them 1 handed.

I still don’t have the part I originally wanted to record, but I do have a new instrument, so can’t complain. The following day I repeated the process with my most recent musical purchase, a Yamaha guitalele. Which has a different tone as it is tuned higher, and has nylon guitar strings. To finish everything off I cut a lot of high end from the samples to remove a horrible hiss, and added some reverb (maybe too much..).

I would recommend tweaking the modulation controls (decay, sustain, release, etc.) within Kontakt to get a sound that works for you.

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  • Great layering tool

    As i guitarist i love layering these guitar fx samples with real guitar recordings, i think if you completely make up a track of guitar samples it sounds fake but sounds awesome mixed in with real guitar. Theres nice dynamic range and the harmonics themselves sound really good but i agree with what people above me said that they wish they had the ability to control the amount of reverb. Still i think im going to use this soon along side real guitar.

    septemberwalk24 October 2021
  • Two lovely harmonics based sounds

    This sample pack presents two lovely sounds based on harmonics. They are very fun to play and very inspirational, but also drenched in a lot of reverb which cannot be removed because it is in the samples. It would have been nice to have a dry version too for times one wants to have reverb but not quite so much. Even so, these are well-recorded, and the instruments are well programmed.

    Sam Ecoff23 October 2021
  • Two very wet harmonic patches

    In this little package you will find two pluck-like instruments that sound great from the get-go.

    While they are just a little dynamic, they suffer from 3 major problems:
    1)They are not configurable at all, which means you are stuck with their very wet character.
    2) The samples contain a little white noise, but in a deep mixing session it won't be easily audible.
    3) All the samples are panned mostly to the left. I found that readjusting the insturment panning at around 25R makes it much better.
    It's something worth checking out nonetheless!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021