New: SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC from Native Instruments

Often the thing I find the most frustrating with virtual instruments is in getting that guitar to sound real. Especially, acoustic guitar. Well, look no further. Finally, NI came out with something pretty awesome. Just released from Native Instruments:

SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC

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Here is some Demo Audio to feast your ears on.

And only $99? Buy it here.

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Wavesfactory releases W-Glockenspiel for Kontakt (and watch the YouTube demo video)

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In the last 24 hours, Wavesfactory released a new instrument called W-Glockenspiel for Kontakt 4.2.4 and above for €9.95 (currently that’s $13.64 is USD, if you were wondering). Here’s a video demo:

Great sounds with a beautifully simplistic interface make this plugin incredibly appealing. On the product’s purchase page, you can hear the instrument played in a variety of compositions. The Glockenspiel (or, as we beginner percussionists in the 6th grade use to call them, a “bell kit”) is used largely in orchestral settings, but has become increasingly more trendy as of late in pop music and happy, corporate commercials (often accompanied by ukulele’s and hand claps). This particular instrument includes a wide range of styles and speeds of glissando’s, which I find rather intriguing.

Here’s some info from the purchase page about this instrument:

Recorded in a completely dry recording studio with up to 12x selectable round robins, up to4 velocity layersSampled chromatically with no pitch shifting.
Attack/release controls. Playing with the attack you can get very different results.
Recorded with 2 microphone positions, close and room, controllable directly on the interface using a slider that crossfades between the two signals.
Round robin reset keyswitch (green) and a dampen keyswitch (red) to stop all voices applying a fade out.

What do you think, composers: Will you buy it? What glockenspiels do you currently use? Are glockenspiels overused?

(fun fact: the opening song on the demo video is composed by an AudioJungle author who goes by the name alkis. I have emailed with alkis on numerous occasions. He has become a dear friend and audio mentor to me.)