Spectrasonics – Hans Zimmer Guitars Vol 1 & 2 (AKAI)

By | November 25, 2023


Manufacturer: Spectrasonics
Website: http://www.ilio.com/products/spectrasonics-samplelibrary/hanszimmerguitars
Format: AKAI
Quality: 16 bit Frequency 44.1 kHz stereo


Hans Zimmer Guitars Vol. 1
For the first time, Oscar & Grammy award winning film composer Hans Zimmer releases sounds from his private sample library. These powerful guitar textures are more detailed & expressive than any other Guitar library, with patches containing up to 12-way velocity switching, allowing for such nuances as dynamically-controllable string slides, pops & harmonics.
The versatility of this collection is unmatched, ranging from a wide variety of pristine acoustics, vintage Telecasters, 32 meg leads, to a rare $11,000 Paul Reed Smith™ collectors edition “dragon” guitar! This outstanding library also includes Guitar grooves presented in every key signature and multiple tempos.
The current version of Zimmer Guitars vol.1 adds three additional new acoustic guitars -sampled without vibrato, in multiple dynamics: a beautiful new Nylon string, 6 string Folk Steel string & the unique Parker “Fly” Electro-Acoustic guitar. Also featured are major & minor acoustic guitar strum samples. These articulations are available in steel and nylon string versions, with both up and down strokes!

Hans Zimmer’s relentless pursuit of the ultimate samples for his private library has fueled his rich sonic approach on his scores for:
The Lion King, The Rock, Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Cool Runnings, Black Rain, True Romance, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Toys & many others.
“Sounds phenomenal!…I’m using them constantly….the Martin acoustic is incredible!”
—MARK MANCIA (Producer-Yes, ELP, and Film Composer-Speed, Twister)
“Those making electronic music will find no better way of programming guitar lines than by using this disc…an extremely useful resource.”
“Very Good….I was extremely impressed” —MICHAEL BODDICKER
“The variations of steel & nylon acoustic guitars are brilliant…very realistic.”


Hans Zimmer Guitars Vol. 2
The world’s best-selling guitar multi-sample library has evolved into a brand new volume of expressive instruments created for Hans Zimmer by veteran sound designer Bob Daspit. Many of the new instruments feature velocity switching up and down slides, in addition to a new method for controlling vibrato with dynamics. With the authenticity and character of each instrument beautifully captured, these guitar patches are a real pleasure to play and more realistic than ever.

Among the distinctive sounds in this collection: Great new Pop sounds including a rich, moody Jazz Guitar whose elegant sound stands alone even for solo compositions – a spirited 1909 Gibson A2 Mandolin, perfect for country & folk tunes – a 1947 Lap Steel Slide guitar for that Nashville sound – the Coral Electric Sitar, originating in the psychedelic sixties, and revived by Pat Metheny – the deep, Duane Eddy twang of the Electric Baritone – and Finally, a brand new Steel String Acoustic guitar that will easily become the most indispensable sound in your collection. Its clarity, tone and balance are ideal for both fingerstyle compositions and soloing, but this guitar will most likely find its way onto all of your tracks. A new classic.

Among the most exotic instruments from South America are the Cuatro, a hollowed-out single piece of wood with 4 sets of strings that shimmer with great sustain – the Charango, a unique instrument made from the body of an armadillo with round, sparkling colors – the Cavaquinho, a high pitched guitar possessing great punch and depth – and a bold Flamenco Nylon guitar whose lively tremolo and fiery rasgando will ignite passionate compositions.

Perhaps most rare in this collection are the string sounds of the Middle East (created for The Prince of Egypt score), including the Oud, a fretless 11-string guitar with full-bodied round tones – the Saz, a spicy six-string instrument perfect for traditional middle eastern arrangements – the Cumbus, like a 12-string banjo with an Arabic accent – and the unusual Yayli Tambur, a long necked instrument capable of haunting drones and plucky melodies.

Through precise, quiet recordings and innovative keyboard layouts, producer Bob Daspit has managed to capture all of the beauty, resonance, simplicity and character of these fine instruments. The recordings on this new volume bring sampling into a whole new artistic level for composers and songwriters of the next millennia.

“…great care was taken in choosing the best-sounding instruments of each type. Certainly the results bear this out, as the quality and consistency of the sampling is excellent. Most samples feature velocity switching in up to four layers, and everything is designed to be played…these sounds are as good as they come, and even the steel guitar is quite convincing if you play the right phrases and use your bend wheel carefully…the electric sitar is surprisingly delicate and musical…the excellent quality makes this a must-have disc for anyone needing first-class plucked instrument sounds. Because of this, and the fact that guitars are so difficult to multisample convincingly, this collection deserves all five stars.” —5 star Sound on Sound review


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