Hi everyone, This is an instrument created from an electric guitar played with sicks and an ebow plugged into an Orange Tiny Terror with a broken speaker, then recorded with an AKG C1000, using guitar pedals and a Yamaha SPX 90. Then I’ve added some other effects inside of Kontakt to have a final instrument that keeps the attack of the guitar, the sustain of the ebow, the harmonic character, and the noise floor of the broken amp. There are controls for distortion, modulation, and reverb. I hope you like it. Julian
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Could be great if it wasn't for the noise
You might easily find out that there are some spiky clicks that might annoy you, and those are not easy to deal with in a mix. I believe it has some amazing potential because the sound signature is far from bad! The GUI is nice, but it would be nice to have the modwheel setting on the GUI as well, because not many people have it, so they need the ability to remap it. Not a fan of plain white wallpapers though, makes my eyes hurt at night-time! Show some mercy!
This is really cool and i can already see myself using this. I don't think it works for melodic lines, as a guitar player i have never found sampled guitars convincing, there's something about the articulation of playing guitar that i feel like can't really be replicated in sampling. However i think this would work great for a single hit at the beginning of a phrase or something. it also sounds really awesome and fat in the low end. Some notes have clicks but i have izotope declick and I've always felt that it does a really good job of taking away clicks without messing up the sound
Evokes the sound of Depeche Mode, but has a few tiny issues, here's the solution for users...
Firstly the sound of this library is great. What Julian has created from his guitar throws back to a Depeche Mode kind of sound. As others have pointed out, this library does have a few small snags. However the other reviews I've seen aren't offering any solutions. The first issue is the noise. It's not overly noisy, but on a long sustained note the noise does build up, as you'd expect from a guitar amp.... Julian, if you experiment in sampling this kind of sound again, and I hope you do, I'd reccomend running through a Noise Suppressor pedal first. This will kill a lot of the unwanted amp noise that occurs. Also if you have a De-Noise plugin like iZotope's Rx7, that would help make for some clean samples that remain characterful. The second issue is the sample trimming. This issue actually contributes to the first, as some of the samples are just too long. Trimming them up and adding fades to the ends would be a very easy way to make sure each sample is the same length and far less noisy. This is something that the user can do in the Kontakt sample editor in a short space of time. The clicking noise people have mentioned is due to inconsistencies in where the sample start marker has been placed. Again this is easily fixable in the Kontakt sample editor. Perhaps someone out there with Rx7 can de noise and re-trim this samples to re-upload for v2, as a permanent solution for everyone. Overall... Good work!
It seems like this library was release a week too soon, as there are a few things that need to be cleaned up before it becomes good to use. As others have mentioned, there is substantial noise buildup and issues with sample length. The GUI also seems kinda plain and didn't really fit the vibe of what I was expecting from a distorted guitar library, but that's entirely personal preference. Get those few things cleaned up and it'll be a super cool library!
Great tones, but there's work to be done
This library has some great guitar tones, but there's some definite work left to do before it reaches its true potential. When you look at the waveforms in Kontakt, there are almost like two starting points to each note. That's what's causing the clicking noted by other reviewers. It would be interesting to see if that was caused by something in the recording or editing process. The second big issue is that there's a lot of noise in this sample, probably from the amp that was recorded. It quickly piles up to make this instrument almost unusable unless it's played monophonically. I'd love to hear this library after some more work was done on it.