Native Instruments Session Guitarist, Strummed Acoustic for Kontakt

The latest news from Native Instruments will appeal to those needing acoustic strummed guitars on their tracks. Session Guitarist - Strummed Acoustic is a Kontakt instrument and is available now.  

Berlin, January 19, 2015 '" Native Instruments today released SESSION GUITARIST '" STRUMMED ACOUSTIC '" a new KONTAKT instrument providing a library of popular acoustic guitar strumming patterns, fully playable on convenient key switches. Additional features including double tracking, fret noise, and a set of tone shaping effects enable producers to create authentic rhythm guitar parts from one easy-to-use interface. SESSION GUITARIST '" STRUMMED ACOUSTIC runs in KONTAKT 5 and the free KONTAKT 5 Player and is available at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 € / ¥ 11,800 / £89 / AU$149.

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SESSION GUITARIST '" STRUMMED ACOUSTIC provides the sound of a benchmark dreadnought acoustic, played by a professional session guitarist and recorded by an experienced engineer. The convenient Pattern Browser allows users to search an encyclopedia of authentic strumming patterns according to where accents fall on the beat. Once loaded, producers create their rhythm parts by playing strumming patterns and chord endings under the left hand and the notes of a chord with the right hand. Virtually any chord can be played, from simple triads to complex, esoteric chords.

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SESSION GUITARIST '" STRUMMED ACOUSTIC also features a Sound panel. The Doubling function adds a separately-recorded second guitar track for natural-sounding chorusing. Producers can also add in real string noise to taste. An effects section provides easy-to-use compression and EQ for added sonic depth and tone shaping. Furthermore, modulation and pitch wheels adjust where a chord is played on the neck and its accent strength in real time for dynamic performances.

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SESSION GUITARIST '" STRUMMED ACOUSTIC was created in cooperation with the award-winning sampled instrument creators at drumasonic.

SESSION GUITARIST '" STRUMMED ACOUSTIC is available now via the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 € / ¥ 11,800 / £89 / AU$149 and runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 Player.

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This looks like a cut-down version of Steinberg's awesome Virtual Guitarist, right down to the same key switches, doubling, latch etc. Is it the same team? VG2 has different acoustic and nylon string guitars plus electrics and a good effects section as well though.
I just purchased this two days ago and I am sad to say, it's the biggest waste of $99 I have seen in quite awhile. No doubt the guitarists who were sampled are "studio" quality as advertised but unless you just like listening to samples of repetitive guitar strumming, save your money.

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