Thrumming Textures: Acoustic Guitar

Texture created from a Cort acoustic guitar close-miked using a single AKG C451 B.

The story

In a series of new submissions called Thrumming Textures, beginning here, I present my Cort acoustic guitar. I have had this instrument for about 8 years and have never managed to play it properly. Despite that, I regularly record it, often playing just one voice at a time to form a larger textural pad under my arrangements.

This library is a diatonically sampled, single-dynamic-layer instrument, close-miked using a single AKG C451 B. I sampled each note twice to add stereo width; using my finger on one side and plectrum on the other. I used some EQ and compression to glue it together and added a subtle delay up an octave to give it a bright edge.

A special thanks to Matt Mahan for putting together a Kontakt version!

I hope you find this library to be useful!

Reviews for Thrumming Textures: Acoustic Guitar

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  • Repeating tone of very soft guitar sound

    Softly repeating guitar. It is just like how he has done with Strings library I think. I found this very inspiring, just by pressing one key you get this!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Great Thrumming Guitar

    Another great entry in the "Thrumming" series from Dan. This time, the acoustic guitar takes the stage. It has a range of tones that can actually help it sit well in various projects. Subtle effects on this help bring out the character of the library. Highly recommended!

    dafingaz26 October 2021
  • Beautiful tone but slightly random

    I love the sound of this instrument but there have been a few times where i wanted to incorporate it into a track but the way the rhythm of the "thrumming" is programmed just didn't really work out for what i was going for. This isn't really a negative though, i still think this instrument is really cool and i look forward to finding a place for it. I think instead of trying to fit it into something with an existing rhythm it would work better to start a track using it as a melodic bed and then build off of that

    septemberwalk30 October 2021
  • Deceptively good... and a little addictive.

    First off, the EXS version seems to work much better than the Kontakt one for some reason - maybe that's just on my system though. It has a soft attack which is perfect and the sound swells before the plucks start bouncing from side to side. I added some large 5s reverb to it and mapped the EXS 12db "lush" lp filter to an expression pedal which allows you to "tame" the plucks if you want to. Ended up with an amazing bed which almost sounded like singing and harps at points as things evolved. Very easy to get lost in this. Excellent for ambient beds or oceans full of Sirens. The Greek type, not the dub reggae kind I should add...

    Mark Lord30 October 2021
  • Don't play this like a guitar, and you'll be fine.

    Well, maybe start out playing it like a guitar - but you'll quickly run into the timing problem. So, either start out with heavily modded attack and release times, and crank up the reverb or better still, turn the reverb off, and use a combination of short ping-pong and longer, perhaps worn tape delay to knock the rather rigid timing of the "thrumming" into a less guitar-like instrument. Or play it like a guitar, and work around the timing. I like this library very much and perhaps should invest some time in doing a demo to put my money time where my mouth review is...

    Ronan McDermott14 October 2021
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