Since our most popular sample
libraries to date are the Karoryfer x bigcat cello
and Meatbass, we've sampled yet another instrument
with f-shaped soundholes. This time it's a shiny
black archtop guitar, and it has more samples than
anything we've done before, plus a nice graphical
user interface. Such GUIs are normally found only in
commercial Plogue Sforzando libraries, but Plogue
Art et Technologie were kind enough to allow us to
use one in this free library.
We sampled the notes every minor
third, like we usually do, but this time we recorded
two channels - one is the direct output from the
pickup, and the other is a microphone. So, you can
blend the acoustic and electric sounds togeter, and
there are also more controls for vibrato, number of
voices etc. All notes are sampled with four velocity
layers and four round robins. The low E string is
also sampled tuned down to C#, and there are also
muted plucks and note release noises with five round
robins, and percussive samples with four round
Although archtop guitars are usually
associated with jazz, the sounds here can actually
get quite bright and aggressive if needed,
especially with the microphone signal blended in.
They're probably not the best samples for death
metal (even with that detuned C# sampled), but quite
suitable for pop, EDM, hip-hop, funk, indie etc. Or
jazz, of course.
The library adds up to 846 24-bit
44.1. kHz WAV samples. The compressed download size
is 352 MB (439 MB extracted) and in addition to the
samples also includes an SFZ mapping, registration
XML and GUI components.
The below demo is all Shinyguitar.
The melody is all pickup signal with the tone turned
down and some vibrato applied, the chords are mostly
microphone signal, and the percussion starts off as
pickup signal but quickly changes to all microphone.
Sforzando version 1.822 or newer
required - bank registration and some controls may
not work with earlier versions. Free download, open
source and royalty-free for all commercial and