How to Add Realistic Acoustic Guitar Parts to Your Songs with NI Session Guitarist Strummed Acoustic 2 (Kontakt)
Acoustic guitar is one of the most versatile and expressive instruments in music. It can add warmth, emotion, and energy to any genre, from rock to folk to pop. But recording a real acoustic guitar can be challenging and time-consuming, especially if you don't have access to a skilled guitarist or a professional studio. That's why NI Session Guitarist Strummed Acoustic 2 (Kontakt) is a great solution for adding realistic and dynamic acoustic guitar parts to your songs without any hassle.
NI Session Guitarist Strummed Acoustic 2 (Kontakt) is a sample library that features two vintage acoustic guitars, a 6-string Martin 0-17 from 1934 and a 12-string Guild F-412 from the late 1960s, played by experienced session musicians. You can access over 160 patterns of different styles and genres, such as rock, folk, country, pop, Latin, and more. You can also customize the performance with chord voicings, double-tracking, effects, and real-time control.
In this article, we will show you how to use NI Session Guitarist Strummed Acoustic 2 (Kontakt) to create authentic and inspiring acoustic guitar parts for your songs. We will cover the following topics:
How to load the instrument and browse the patterns
How to play chords and control the performance
How to adjust the sound and add effects
How to use the Separate Bass feature for more variety
How to use the Tap Rhythm Finder for finding the right pattern
By the end of this article, you will be able to create professional-sounding acoustic guitar tracks that will enhance your music production.
How to Load the Instrument and Browse the Patterns
The first step is to load NI Session Guitarist Strummed Acoustic 2 (Kontakt) in your DAW or in the free Kontakt Player. You will see two instruments in the library browser: Strummed Acoustic 2 - Martin 0-17 and Strummed Acoustic 2 - Guild F-412. You can choose either one depending on your preference. The Martin has a warmer and mellower tone, while the Guild has a fuller and brighter sound.
Once you load the instrument, you will see the main interface with four tabs: Play Series, Pattern Browser, Sound, and Options. The Play Series tab is where you can play chords and control the performance. The Pattern Browser tab is where you can browse and select the patterns. The Sound tab is where you can adjust the sound and add effects. The Options tab is where you can change some settings and preferences.
To browse the patterns, click on the Pattern Browser tab. You will see a list of categories on the left side, such as Basic Pop/Rock, Country/Folk/Bluegrass, Latin/Bossa Nova/Samba, etc. Each category contains several subcategories with different variations of patterns. For example, Basic Pop/Rock has subcategories like Straight 8ths Open/Closed, Straight 16ths Open/Closed, Shuffle Open/Closed, etc.
You can click on any subcategory to see the available patterns on the right side. Each pattern has a name that indicates its accent structure and feel. For example, Straight 8ths Open/Closed - Accents on Beat 1 & 3 means that the pattern has straight eighth notes with open and closed strums and accents on the first and third beats of each measure.
You can audition any pattern by clicking on it or by pressing its corresponding key on your keyboard (the keys are shown at the bottom of each pattern). You can also use your mouse wheel or arrow keys to scroll through the patterns. To select a pattern, double-click on it or press Enter. The selected pattern will be highlighted in blue and will appear on the Play Series tab.
How to Play Chords and Control the Performance
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