NI’s Picked Acoustic puts a session player in your DAW

Native Instruments add to its collection of Session Guitarist instruments

Native Instruments expands its acoustic guitar virtual instrument roster Picked Acoustic. The new offering comprises two new Kontakt instruments. The first is a rhythm instrument with 194 picking and strumming patterns that can be changed in real-time with keyswitches. The second is designed for playing melodies.

Picked Acoustic allows you to select patterns from a variety of picked rhythms, arpeggios and strums played in a range of styles. With options to include vibrato, hammer-ons, pull-offs, harmonics and tremolo, Native Instruments want this instrument to sound like a genuine performance. You can even add slides, fret noise and tweak the guitar’s tuning accuracy. The 1973 Martin 00-21 is the star of the show with this instrument and has been recorded with three stereo mic set-ups.

The Condenser (AB) mic setup uses two condenser mics, aiming to provide a natural, modern-sounding stereo image. Dynamic (MS) setup is designed to recall rock and roll sounds of the 70s, using a vintage dynamic mic. This is enhanced with a tube condenser mic, with figure-of-eight mode enabled for adjustable stereo width. Ribbon (Blumlein) is a setup mode with two ribbon mics in an effort to create a warm, vintage sound.

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To give your sound a bit of polish, NI has also included an effect section so you can add delay, plate reverb, chorus, compression, tape saturation and more.

You can check out a walkthrough of Picked Acoustic below.

Native Instruments’ Picked Acoustic is available now for Kontakt at $99, or is included in their Komplete collection. Find out more at native-instruments.com

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