Cuitar

A single C from an acoustic nylon guitar stretched and manipulated.

The story

Time ago I started experimenting with recording and sound design, looking for ways to create interesting instruments by recording simple sources (like an electric wire) and integrating those sounds into my Layers engine.
Cuitar is one of those experiments: A single C note from my acoustic nylon guitar, recorded in the bathroom with a smartphone, and processed from time to time to find a way to turn that single sound into something interesting.
It was meant to be just a quick experiment for myself, but after a while it started to sound ok, so it’s my hope that someone will find it useful.

The instrument includes 3 patches: “Cuitar”, “Cutiar Pad” and “Cuitar Atmos”.

This instrument doesn’t follow the preferred directory structure because one thing I learned doing it is that Kontakt doesn’t understand directories when compressing sounds, and I used duplicated file names, so the included sounds are the original ones. Sorry about that!

Reviews for Cuitar

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  • Interestingly unfamiliar

    In both terms of the sound and the controls offered, this is a very interesting instrument that I think it has a lot of potential - and I say "I think" because I am not really sure how it exactly works. The sound that initially comes of it is a heavily textured synth pad that kind of resembles a guitar, with a drone-like signature on it.

    There are a lot of things going on in the GUI, and you will definitely need some time to get used to everything, but it shows that there was way too much effort into it. Also, can we sit back and appreciate the detail on what happens when you press the keys? The colour changes based on the velocity!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Interesting guitar based textures

    This library is really interesting, because one wouldn't guess that a guitar was the original sample source. It's much more organ-like than anything else. Lots of time and effort clearly went into the GUI, but it's not immediately clear what the controls do, and after experimenting with them for a few minutes, you come to realize that the changes they impart are generally not particularly useful ones, and don't really impart that much change. Obviously, others may feel very differently about it than I do. Overall, this is a fun experiment, and many find find these sounds useful in their mixes.

    Sam Ecoff20 October 2021
  • Really interesting sound design

    Ive said before that personally im not into the more in your face, angular synth sounds being mostly into really chill emotional music, so i dont enjoy this instrument much. With that being said though i think its amazing that you managed to get such weird sounds out of a guitar recording. I think people that are more into these angular synth sounds might really like this. Theres some cool velocity programming going on but that doesn't change how i feel about the overall sound of this. It will be a nice feature for people who enjoy this library though

    septemberwalk14 November 2021