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    Impact Soundworks Releases Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar for Kontakt

    By HC News |

    OWINGS MILLS, MD -- Sample developer Impact Soundworks released today

    Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar, their latest virtual instrument

    for the Native Instruments Kontakt platform. Archtop features an

    exhaustively sampled Jim Hall model archtop guitar by Sadowsky,

    outfitted with custom electronics and performed by Josh Workman

    (http://joshworkman.com). The library is compatible with the free

    Kontakt 5 Player, and is available for special introductory pricing

    through January 15, 2014.


    Archtop is designed to suit a wide variety of musical genres, from

    jazz, blues, and funk, to R&B, pop, and rock; as it was recorded

    completely clean with two blendable pickups, the instrument can be

    used in virtually any context. A range of vital articulations are

    included, such as thumbed octaves, picked sustains, hammer-on and

    pull-off legato, portamento (glissando), tremolo, harmonics, and more.


    Impact Soundworks was founded in 2007 by composers Andrew Aversa and

    Will Roget, II with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and

    unique sample libraries “designed with composers in mind.”


    “We were thrilled to collaborate with Josh to create this instrument,”

    said Aversa, lead designer of the library. “Thanks to his extensive

    experience as a session player and performer, we were able to capture

    and include all the essential techniques and nuances that make the end

    result great.”


    The sound content of Archtop includes nearly 9,000 24-bit stereo

    samples, with up to 4 dynamic layers and 8 round robins per note. It

    also features a detailed, custom user interface allowing total control

    over instrument mapping, fretting, effects, and engine settings.


    “The goal for Archtop was for it to sound great out of the box with a

    very gentle learning curve. Keyswitches and MIDI CCs are not required,

    and any articulation can be toggled or remapped with just a few

    clicks. Adding effects or changing presets is a snap, and advanced

    users will find the engine settings to be quite detailed!” explained



    Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar is available now at Impact

    Soundworks for a discounted intro price of $139 (list price: $159).

    Owners of the Shreddage 2 library can crossgrade for an intro price of

    $119. This deal expires January 15, 2014. For more info and to

    purchase, please visit:



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