|THE MULTI-SAMPLED GUITAR COLLECTION
These multi-sampled instruments go way beyond the thousands of free soundfonts available on the
internet, most of which are nowhere near good enough for serious music production. In SF2 or
Gigasampler format, the guitars will import into the vast majority of modern software samplers.
However, I can now also supply the guitars in Sampletank format. I use the sampled guitars to create
realistic backing tracks with MIDI sequences derived from Band-in-a-Box, Jammer Pro and Keyfax,
patching the sounds using software samplers. However, it is also possible to play the soundfonts live
using a MIDI keyboard (or even a MIDI guitar!) if your sampler supports this option. Read more about
using the presets below.
The guitars, ranging in size from around 80-130MB, have been produced to professional standards
using Focusrite preamps and converters. They were extensively multi-sampled at 48kHz/24 bit
(converted to 32 bit for editing) across the entire instrument range. Each note was recorded with full
decay (no looping!). The presets are authentically mapped with no note having to be resampled by
more than a semitone. There are 3 velocity layers to produce a more dynamic sound and string/fret
noise samples are included. Also, very importantly, the guitars were sampled completely dry with little
or no processing of the sound. This means that it is possible to add whatever sound-shaping and
effects are appropriate to suit the music project. Indeed, the electric and bass guitars, which were
recorded by direct input to the recording console, generally work best with the addition of an amp
simulation plugin. The acoustic instruments were recorded in stereo using a coincidental XY pair of
professional quality Rode condenser microphones - this ensures mono compatibility, which can prove
important during mixing. Noise levels are very low throughout and every care has been taken during
the editing process.
The presets have all been professionally "dithered" down to standard CD quality (44.1kHz/16 bit) for
final use, as this represents a huge saving on the amount of computer resources required to play the
instruments. In practice, I find it impossible to distinguish between these CD quality samples and the
original 48kHz/32 bit samples, provided that the sampled instruments are rendered to audio at 24 bit or
above. For this reason, I have now discontinued the 32 bit presets which I used to make available -
they took a lot of downloading and nobody asked for them anyway!
Click on the photos below for a description of the guitars and the presets. Also included
are demo sound files.
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USING THE PRESETS
It is possible to play the presets using a standard MIDI keyboard and this method works well for picked
guitar parts. However, with the best will in the World, it is impossible to produce strummed parts using
a keyboard! For this reason, quite a number of sampled guitar collections these days include
separate presets, made up of recordings of individual strums, which can be programmed together to
produce strummed parts. However, these have their own inherent drawbacks and to my ears sound
repetitive and stilted. Part of the problem is that you can never hope to include all of the chord
extensions and inversions which professional guitarists include in their performances as a matter of
course. Also, each up and down stroke tends to be slightly different, so using the same sampled
strum for each stroke will never produce a completely natural sounding track.
However, there is another approach, which is far more versatile and, in my opinion, produces more
realistic results. It IS possible to produce convincing strummed guitar sounds with standard
multi-sampled guitars as long as the MIDI data has been recorded using a proper MIDI guitar
controller. If you are lucky enough to own one of these, so much the better. If you do not, my advice
would be to purchase one of the excellent "Twiddly Bits" MIDI guitar collections from www.keyfax.com.
These were recorded by well known professional guitarists, include all common guitar playing styles
and articulations and sound superb. Their other great advantage is that they are infinitely editable,
allowing you to produce any chord extension you require. You can then, of course, patch any guitar
sound you want and add effects as necessary. It is worth noting that many of the guitar riffs included
in Band-in-a-Box and Jammer were also recorded in this way and these will work particularly well with
my sampled guitars.
If you are still in any doubt, please take a listen to the tracks I have created to demonstrate the
individual Chevin Sounds instruments, all of which use MIDI files from the above sources. They
hopefully show just how good strummed parts can sound on a sampled guitar.
DEMO GUITAR PRESETS
Demo "lite" versions of 5 of the presets from the Guitar Collection, plus some
free sampled guitars from my earlier collections, are available on the demo page
If you like the demos, I hope you will choose to purchase the guitar sounds.
Please follow the link below to place your order.
PURCHASE THE GUITAR COLLECTION