Kaleidoskye

A sparkling guitar swarm library for a lush landscape

The story

Inspired by Christian’s electric celeste sparkle library video, the idea of creating a swarms/sparkles library with delay pedals came to me a few days later. As one of my favourite effects to muck about with, I had a number of delay pedals at my disposal and I thought it could be cool to try and get the swarms texture to be largely played by these delays instead of plucking the strings. My aim was to create a shimmering wall of guitar plucks that filled the soundscape with a beautiful texture, working well as a background layer with movement and interest. The result… well, I will let you be the judge of that. There were a lot of ups and downs in its creation, moments of joy at the first notes ringing out and stabs of doubt when the combination of notes didn’t seem to be working. Ultimately, I feel that this intriguing idea, while not fulling shaping up how I expected, still produced something interesting and a little inspiring.

Please check out the user guide for some details on the MIDI CC and user controls, or click on the Instrument Info button to check them out. As with many of my instruments, I love the idea of morphing the controls over time to create subtle or dramatic shifts in the texture, so these controls have been scripted into the instrument for ease of use/programming. If you don’t want these controls, just comment out that area or delete that part of the “on controller” section of the script.

Thank you for checking it out, I would love to hear what you think!

Cheers, Steve.

Kaleidoskye... A Sparkling Guitar Swarm Library

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  • Wonderful guitar shimmers!

    This is a wonderful shimmery style instrument that features different 3 different layers of unique guitar plucked strokes along with different kinds of delays, reverbs, filters and EQ, in order to shape the sound however you want. The result is this swarm-like effect that gives this randomized shimmers, which is very welcoming to my ears. The shimmers are spread among 4 full octaves and it plays really nicely out of the box.

    Right now the samples last roughly about 20 seconds, which is a nice amount of time, but it would be even better if they would loop automatically. I also miss a Release setting, and the one inside the instrument settings doesn't seem to work here. Nevertheless it's a very well-made instrument, and an easy recommendation!

    Alex Raptakis20 March 2022