Chris Hein Guitars is an outstanding, sampled virtual guitar library.
Thousands of samples, many articulations and dynamics all in one preset per instrument. With about 40.000 samples and 18 GB content, its the largest available guitar library.
Sound on Sound, April 2007
"Another day, another guitar library, this time from prolific composer and all-round sample genius, Chris Hein. This 18GB collection covers nine instruments: nylon and steel, mandolin, banjo and then three electric guitars (clean, chorus and blues) alongside two jazz guitars (plectrum and finger). Arriving in Kontakt 2 format, it is bundled with a copy of the Kontakt 2 Player.
Continuing the current trend towards playability right out of the box, the actual number of patches is limited, but each one is filled to the neck with keyswitches and automatable control parameters. There are, however, medium and light patches for each, with fewer velocity layers, and others with only a limited number of articulations, in case you need to limit memory use.
I would use up most of this page if I were to list the switches (as many as 59 on some patches), but suffice to say all the usual suspects are present such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, falls, mutes, flageolet and so on. Over and above that there's a cunning slide mode, where you can create your own slides rather than being limited to pre-recorded ones. You can even then change the pace of the slide itself. The chord modes are another Godsend: you can play a chord and then either strum it, pick it or both, again with recourse to pull-offs and slides for added realism. Alternatively, the supplied MIDI patterns can control the rhythm, and you just insert your own chord choices. Whilst there are only a few patterns, they are a good base from which to kick off.
Interestingly, the library comes bundled with a demo version of Native Instruments' Guitar Rig plug-in — a clever addition from a marketing point of view, as I found some of the best results come from using this to process the standard library sounds. Guitar Rig is a worthy addition to your arsenal so, if you haven't already got it, be warned: using the demo tempts you mercilessly! A word should also be said about the manual: it's not only very well written, but supplied both as a PDF and hard copy, which is becoming a rarity these days.
So has CHG succeeded where so many libraries have gone before? As a one-stop library, a resounding yes — it gives you a little bit of everything at your fingertips, all well recorded and with enough articulations to sink a battleship. Other libraries dedicated to only one or two instruments may have a small edge in terms of sound, but few have the accessible playability of CHG, nor its wealth of playing styles. That is not intended to damn it with faint praise, either — I would happily have it as my sole guitar library."
Jazz Guitar Plectrum
Jazz Guitar Finger
Steel Guitar Plectrum
Nylon Guitar Finger
new kontakt player 2 included
40.000 Samples, 18 GB content
3.000 - 6.000 samples per instrument
over 30 articulations in one preset
up to 13 velocities
70 intelligent midicontroller
Controls & Scripts:
Different Slide Modes,
Solo Mode (hammer on/pull off)
different attack -controls,
Automatic Up- and Downstroke,
Bridge- and Center playing
Reverb, Chorus, Delay, Flanger, Phaser, Filter included
18 GB Free Hard Disc Space, DVD Drive
Windows XP, Pentium 1GHz/Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM
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