It’s sort of all about Gibson at the moment and Native Instruments have decided that the time is right to introduce their latest Session Guitarist virtual instrument – the Les Paul based Electric Sunburst.
It seems somehow apt that for £89 you can buy a perfectly captured virtual Les Paul in honour of a once great company and guitar brand that is burning itself to the ground. Or you could see it as rude and insensitive. Native Instruments would probably say it’s just a “Contemporary Electric Guitar”. Despite all the images of a Les Paul Heritage they will certainly not mention it by name.
What you do get is a virtual electric guitar that packs an innovative, realistic picking, riff and strumming engine into its Kontakt based interface. There are 154 patterns to suit a wide range of musical styles. And a virtually endless number of chords and variations. All you need to do is play a chord on your keyboard and Electric Sunburst will rock out highly convincing picked and strummed patterns.
After the guitar sound you get a suite of effects, amps and cabinet emulations. There are three distortion pedals, five amplifiers and ten cabinets so you can work out what sounds the most authentic to you. Then there are compressors, EQ, tape emulation, reverb and delays to get a complete sound in the one instrument.
In all it’s about 16GB of uncompressed sample library dedicated to one of the greatest 6 string electric guitars ever made. And according to the sound demos it sounds fabulous. If you don’t play guitar and you need some of that electric feel in your music then this is a real possibility. Maybe we could see it as a homage to good music and good times.
- Native Instruments Electric Sunburst webpage.