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A continuation of our acclaimed eBow Guitar instrument, Xbow Guitars showcases our further experiments with unconventional ways of playing guitars. The result is a suite of unique yet organic virtual instruments.
Guitars played with a violin bow. The result is very similar to a conventional string sound, but with its own distinct character. Four articulations were sampled, including playing with the wood of the bow (col legno). The main violin bow articulation is a dynamic crossfade patch, interpolating between the soft bow and the hard bow. Both acoustic and electric guitars were sampled.
The ebow (Energy bow), is a hand held device that 'bows' the strings of a guitar using an electromagnetic field. It produces a unique guitar sound, with a very slow attack and infinite sustain. Acoustic and two electric guitars were recorded with vibrato and without, with high and low ebow power settings which can be crossfaded using the mod-wheel giving extra expression to your playing.
Another unusual technique, in which an ‘electronic massage device’ is used to stimulate the strings. It’s an edgy sound, like a constant tremolo effect, ideal for atmospheres and effects. Both acoustic and electric guitars were sampled.
A new version of the Godley and Creme developed device that attaches to an electric guitar and uses tiny rubber wheels to bow the strings. You can vary the speed (velocity) of the wheels on the device itself, which we then sampled to create a dynamic crossfade system in the virtual instrument.
Select acoustic or electric guitar | Automation ready articulation fader for performance expression | Modulate bow power, modelled vibrato and fret position | Mix stereo microphone and pickups
This screen shows Edit mode enabled ( this is available on all instruments), giving access to Panner FX, AR Envelope, Filter (14 types) with Mod EG + Env. follower, Slim control
The Vibrator Guitar instrument features acoustic or electric guitar, and the ability to modulate vibrator power, modelled vibrato and fret position. The sound can be shaped by mixing stereo microphones and pickup signals. There are no articulation controls available on this instrument.
Featuring electric guitar only, The Gizmotron instrument allows modulation of power, modelled vibrato and fret position as well as mixing/panning bridge and neck pickups.
Featured on all Xbow instruments, the latest evolution of our generative arpeggiator - Hold a chord, and let it evolve - or loop a section and jam between 12 sequences. Record your patterns with the MIDI recorder, and drag and drop into your DAW..
A completely user configurable FX chain: choose from 16 different effects in 6 insert slots - in any order you like. | The Space processor offers everything from straight rooms and halls to ambient convolution effects.
This is a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it. It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/WASAPI,compatible host program or DAW eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools. No extra purchase necessary.
Windows 7 or higher (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)
Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
Requires KONTAKT 5 or KONTAKT 5 PLAYER version 5.5.1 or later