I’ve wanted to create a bowed guitar instrument ever since I started creating my small sample experiments. With 100 samples and 3 round robins, this is easily my most adventurous sample instrument to date. The problem with sampling a bowed guitar is that you can’t bow each string individually, as guitars have a flat bridge, unlike orchestral string instruments. To get around this issue I only had one string on the guitar at a time. This instrument is essentially an evolving pad that is full of small imperfections, but it’s these imperfections that I love about making my own instruments. There are two versions, a dry one and a one with a large reverb. The dry samples are particularly scratchy, so the reverb helps to soften the harshness of it. There are 5 knobs, attack, release, reverb, low pass, and high pass. I have included a Logic sampler version and both Kontakt 5 and 6 versions of this instrument. The reason for both 5 and 6 is simply because I prefer the reverb available in Kontakt 6, but otherwise they are the exact same. I’m very new to scripting in Kontakt, so if anyone discovers any issues please get in touch instagram is probably best.
Reviews for Bowed Acoustic
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Unique, Inspirational, Original
This is a great sounding instrument, interesting, gritty and organic. Great quality samples recorded over a good range. I’ll definitely find a use for this one... thanks Liam.
I like this, but fair warning, I'm weird
I'm giving this high reviews because I find this inspiring in lots of ways. I hear it, and it makes me want to write a piece featuring it. Then I want to steal the samples and throw them into UVI Falcon and shred them, granulator-iz-imate them, and just try to morph the pee-jeezers out of them. The controls in the GUI are just right for this sample instrument, as in, just exactly what you'd need IMO
The hefty size is worth it!
From the point I started downloading the patch, right before I started playing after loading it, I had my doubts about this instrument, especially after noticing that there are just two different kinds of patches (Dry and Wet), while it's more than 2.5GB.
Turns out, it exceeded my expectations. The instrument sounds amazing, very unique, and the notes last incredibely long, with big performance variations as you hold down a note, which is amazing for long single note effects. The sounds produced are heavily textured, and they vary quite a bit from note to note. In the higher registers, the texture gets very bright, to the point that might be harsh on the ears, so I recommend some EQ treatment to avoid that. Luckily there is a Low Pass filter that can help with that, along with a High Pass, Attack and Release knobs, along with a lovely Reverb.
I found myself playing more with the Wet (BigSplosh) patch, set as a more pad-like instrument with a High Attack and Release, and lots of Reverb. The Dry patch sounds though gets a special place in my heart, because having access to the raw textures is a gift.
Thanks to Liam for such an awesome instrument. Highly recommended despite its hefty size!
Let's celebrate the bowing solstice
Magical, ethereal, atmospheric, evolving, transportative, flexible... I could go on. It's really good. Yes, it's big, but it's totally justified as a looped version of this would be terrible. The GUI is really effective, providing exactly what you need to tweak the sound to your use case. Only criticism I can make is that the low 'E' string samples need turning up. Apart from that, pretty much perfect.
The Missing Piece
Right away, I was left thinking that this library is like a missing piece of Albion Solstice. It just seems like it would be a perfect part of that library. The recording is really well done, but there's loads and loads of character in the playing. There are occasional squeaks and squawks of the bow, rebowing happens, and none of it syncs up together. None of that detracts from the spell this library casts, though. It's rather transportive, and it's truly marvelous!!