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RECORDING'S
By Allen Goodman

SHOWCASE OF SOUNDS

Vir2 Instruments Electri6ity

What makes this library truly special, beyond the selection of guitar and pickups, are its very diverse articulation choices. Electri6ity offers up all sorts of playing mode options, from monophonic to polyphonic, sustained and muted legato, all of which can be combined with realtime slides from fret to fret. Articulations include sustain, dead notes, ghost notes (clean or dirty), “chucka chuckas”, harmonics, hammer-ons and pull-offs, and other techniques for lots of real-time performance enhancement. If that wasn’t cool enough, you can choose the release mode while performing; I felt the coolest effects here are the finger noise, pick noise, and hand/palm mutes, but there are also short, medium, and long slides, slide noises and more. Vir2 Instruments has programmed Electri6ity with AMT (Articulation Morphing Technology) and VMT (Velocity Morphing Technology) extensively, which allows the Kontakt engine to analyze your performance, thus allowing playing style and velocity to switch back and forth amongst samples for realistic playing. These playing engines are phase-accurate, so morphing from sample to sample doesn’t introduce weird tonal shifts.

In this issue about getting great guitar sounds, allow me to mention a way to do it even if you don’t have a guitar in your studio! Electri6ity, produced by Southern California company Vir2 Instruments, is an electric guitar library intended to provide all the nuance and articulation of a real guitar performance. It ships on four DVDs containing 24-bit samples taken from eight of the world’s best known guitars—over 24,000 samples for each one. Included in the package are an installer for the library and a separate installer for Native Instruments’ Kontakt 4 Player if required. You can use the sounds with the full version of Kontakt 4 if you already have it. The library itself takes up roughly 27 GB of hard drive space. After installation, authorization is provided by the Native Instruments Service Center and is pretty straight forward. Overall, installation was a breeze, taking only about a half hour on my test system. Timeless axes The sampled instruments read as a who’s who of some of the greatest guitars ever made. There’s a Stratocaster, a Telecaster, Les Pauls with humbuckers or P90 “soapbar” pickups, a Rickenbacker (exact model number not given), a Danelectro with “lipstick” pickups, a Gibson ES335, and a Gibson L-4. Each one was sampled with Front, Rear and Front/Rear blended pickup positions. Delivery: 27 GB on four DVDs Format: Kontakt 4 or included Kontakt Player 4; standalone, VST, RTAS, or AU; Mac OS X 10.5+ (Intel only) or Windows XP SP2/Vista/7, 32 or 64 bit Copy Protection: Serial number Licensing: User licenses samples for royalty-free use only in original non-library content. Library may not be resold. Documentation: PDF user manual Price: $399.95 ($359.99 street) More from: Vir2 Instruments, www.vir2.com; dist. by Big Fish Audio, www.bigfishaudio.com.
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Recording - July 2011
Fade In
Contents
Talkback
Fast Forward
Put Your Foot Down!
A Guitar Gear Grab Bag
Fat Guitar Tones Without The Mud
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017
iOS Music Tools For Guitarists
Reviewed and Revisited: BOSS RC-30 Loop Station
Reviewed and Revisited: IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.5
Tech21 Blonde
It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights. Chapter 16: Licensing Music For Video Games
Eventide Space
Recording’s Showcase of Sounds
TC Electronic Flashback, Shaker, and Hall Of Fame
Readers’ Tapes
Advertiser Index
Fade Out
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Recording - July 2011 - Contents
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Recording - July 2011 - Talkback
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Recording - July 2011 - Fast Forward
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Recording - July 2011 - Put Your Foot Down!
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Recording - July 2011 - Fat Guitar Tones Without The Mud
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Recording - July 2011 - Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017
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Recording - July 2011 - iOS Music Tools For Guitarists
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Recording - July 2011 - Reviewed and Revisited: BOSS RC-30 Loop Station
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Recording - July 2011 - Reviewed and Revisited: IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.5
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Recording - July 2011 - Tech21 Blonde
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Recording - July 2011 - It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights. Chapter 16: Licensing Music For Video Games
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Recording - July 2011 - Eventide Space
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Recording - July 2011 - Recording’s Showcase of Sounds
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Recording - July 2011 - TC Electronic Flashback, Shaker, and Hall Of Fame
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Recording - July 2011 - Readers’ Tapes
Recording - July 2011 - Advertiser Index
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