Hey what’s good fam, hope your week is off to a good start.
Today I’ve got an acoustic guitar library that’s pretty cool, from Acoustic Samples.
Let’s jump in and check it out!
So what is Sunbird?
It’s an acoustic guitar library based on the 1962 Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar.
It has chord recognition so that it will translate the chords you play into the chords of a guitarist, you can also go in and edit the chord voicings.
In addition to that you get realistic strumming with speed control, solo playing, and even a pattern engine with tons of included patterns or you can create your own.
If you own a MIDI guitar, you can hook it up and adjust the settings for how it will interact directly within the instrument itself.
There’s plenty of other customization you can do including capo settings, humanization, the amount of “off” playing, and more.
- content: 8.16GB uncompressed, 1.53GB compressed
- format: UVI Workstation
- price: $149
- product page: http://shop.soundsandgear.com/product/acoustic-samples-sunbird-acoustic-guitar/
How does it sound?
This guitar has a really great sound, but for me the stand out is how it sounds when playing chords/strumming.
The entire engine is really flexible as well as powerful, but totally easy to use, which is the part I love.
You can get very realistic strumming on your own, or if you wish, you can pull up the many patterns and play along with your track.
If you don’t like the patterns or wish to change them a bit, you can edit or even create your own.
The chord recognition engine is deep, with many different voicing options for the chords, so you can go in and decide how you want a particular chord voiced, or…if you wish, make up your own voicing entirely.
At the end of the day sound is what matters, but for me, when it comes to a guitar vst the ease of use built into the engine adds to the sound because that can determine how easy it is to actually play something that sounds like a real guitar.
You can also go in and change the mic setups to really tweak what you want it to sound like, you get access to pickup, close, and overhead mic settings.
It sounds great, and I love the flexibility in the engine.
So what’s the bottom line?
I’ve messed with quite a few guitar instruments, and not being a guitarist, I find many to be a bit complex to actually work with.
I’m sure they can sound great in the right hands, but the great thing about Sunbird is that even though I’m not a guitarist, the options are very easy to understand and the strumming engine works very well with the chord recognition to allow one to play convincing guitar parts shortly after diving into the interface.
I give Sunbird 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s great sounding guitar instrument that’s easy to use, and fun to play.
If you find yourself looking to add some realistic guitar to your tracks, complete with chords, strumming, mutes, as well as finger/pick playing, you should definitely check this out.
It really has a nice clean sound to it, and the level of control you have over the subtleties of the sound and playback really allow you to make it your own.
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.