I haven’t fully explored Native Instruments’ Kontakt Electric Sunburst library. Here is what the manual says: ‘‘Its samples originate from a carefully selected instance of the iconic single-cutaway, double humbucker electric guitar. The instrument was recorded through Universal Audio Solo 610 preamps, whose bold transient reproduction and tube saturation prepared the guitar for further effects processing with virtual amps, cabinets and effects. To enable you to freely combine the two pickups, the individual signals were routed through two separate outputs and recorded through two separate preamps. In addition, for greater sonic variability, a small membrane condenser microphone was mounted directly above the strings to capture the sound of the plectrum hitting the strings.’’
The instrument is very versatile with a lot of possibilities. This is without counting the pre-programmed Patterns that can be modified. NI offers Telecaster (Electric Vintage) and Stratocaster (Funk Guitarist) libraries with the same kind of assortments. Unfortunately, they don’t come by default with Komplete 13. I’ll have to buy them separately, if I absolutely need them. HALion 6 has a number of Patches for these, but sometimes it’s more complicated to use than playing them yourself.
I am a guitarist with a few guitars available. I also have a bass that I can play Finger Style or Pick Style as needed. When I have the chance, I prefer to play the scores myself.
I’m not bad at the piano, my main controller is Komplete Kontrol (brand new), my ROLI Seaboard Rise 49 keyboard and my MIDI guitar with the Roland GI-20 interface.
In the majority of the pieces that I published here, I used regularly and mainly Steinberg VSTs which sound very very good. I have HALion 6 and GA5 which are the VSTs I use when I start creating, then I explore with Retrologue, Padshop, HALionOne. I don’t mind exploring the Loops offered with Cubase and those that I acquired later.
As I mentioned before, with the purchase of Komplete Kontrol I upgraded to Komplete 13. I deliberately chose to maximize the use of Komplete 13 for this piece. I do not deny the VST Steinberg. I use all the tools that are available to me and for which I paid a good amount of money anyway. Komplete 13 is not free, the same HALion 6 and some libraries, as well as GA5 of which I have almost the majority of the libraries.
I don’t know if there are advantages or disadvantages to using other VSTs than those offered by Steinberg and Cubase Stock Plugins. I believe it’s for the diversity and possibilities that can differ from plugin to plugin or company to company. It’s like having the desire to own a Larrivee guitar, a Martin or a Taylor. When you have little money, you are satisfied with this good old No Name guitar and when you earn a little more you satisfy your desire to own a Martin or a Gretsch
I have all these VSTs for which I paid a high price for some. So, I just use them and take advantage of them.