Spitfire's Ambient Guitars takes the humble six-string into new and uncharted sonic territory.
I'm a big fan of creating non-guitar sounds with my own guitars, so I was keen to see what Spitfire had come up with when they announced Ambient Guitars, a Kontakt instrument based around a collection of modified guitar sounds, sonic textures and loops covering a huge range of styles.
Most started life as scraped, plucked, eBowed or otherwise tormented guitar notes. These samples are then further processed and combined via the user interface's routing, filtering, envelope-shaping and effects facilities. The sounds were created and performed by Leo Abrahams with a view to applications in film, TV and game music, as well as musical styles reliant on atmospheric textures. Using a wide range of guitars, pedals and effects, the recording took place in London's Pool Studios and the resulting samples were then forged into over 400 presets, including 160 artist presets, created by composers and Spitfire founders Christian Henson and Paul Thomson. Though there is support for the free Kontakt Player, Construction Kit patches require the full version of Kontakt 6.
The content of Ambient Guitars isn't all new, as it includes Spitfire's Enigma One and Two alongside over 10GB of new samples and new presets — so anyone already owning these earlier libraries qualifies for a substantial discount. In fact if you own both you get the crossgrade for free. Enigma 1 owners get a 28.45 percent discount and Enigma 2 owners get a 71.55 percent discount. In total the collection comprises over 600 sounds and the...