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Nine Volt Audio has released Solo Guitaret, a free instrument for users of Kontakt 4 and 5.

Nine Volt Audio states: “Introduced  in  1963 and discontinued only two years later, the Guitaret was an  invention of Ernst Zacharias, the mind behind other Hohner instruments  like the Clavinet, Cembalet and Pianet.

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Marketed  as an easy-to-play instrument to mimic guitar or banjo, the actual  sound sits somewhere between an electric kalimba and electric piano.

The  Guitaret is held like a guitar, with the player holding the “neck” or  handle to engage the sustain/dampening mechanism. The other hand is used  to pluck the 36 metal keys, which barely protrude out of the  instrument’s body. The vibration of the plucked keys is then captured by  a series of internal pick-ups.

In recent years, the Guitaret has been used on a number of new recordings, perhaps most notably on the soundtrack for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

For Solo Guitaret,  the instrument  has been sampled at five different velocity layers, with three groups  of round robin. A custom interface allows for control over a variety of  sound sculpting tools, as well as access to load and save custom presets  within a single patch.

Specifications

- Over 120 MB (uncompressed) of 44.1/24bit samples. Download is approximately 76 MB.

-  User interface provides a pull down menu of custom patches. The ability  to save user presets directly into the main patch is also provided for.

-  User interface controls include: convolution reverb (with 34 custom IR  .wavs), saturation, amp modeling, tremolo, pan, chorus, ADSR and three  band EQ.

- Solo Guitaret is compatible with full retail versions  of Kontakt 4.2.3.4914 and higher.

This product is not endorsed or affiliated with Hohner Instruments.

More information and free download is available at:

http://www.ninevoltaudio.com/products/solo\_guitaret.php

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