Taps is a Kontakt Guitar Instrument created from tapped notes on a clean electric guitar, with an octave of low open plucked notes on the bottom end. The result is a very playable sample instrument with a diverse sound that can go between chill and ambient to chaotic and heavy.
The GUI includes controls for delay, reverb, saturation, distortion, LPF, and ADSR. Theirs also a built in arpeggiator tab. There are 25 snapshot presets included to get you started, but we think you'll find the possibilities are endless.
Included in Taps:
- 1 Kontakt Instrument - 58MB
- 37 Samples
- 25 Snapshot Presets
- Clean Simple GUI with Arpeggiator
- Open script
Recorded at 24 Bit and 44.1kHz
Recorded on an Ibanez RGA8 with EMG808X pickups through an Axe-FX II XL+
Note: The FULL version of Kontakt 5.8.1 is required (Not Kontakt Player)
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Our mission with Taps was to create the biggest diversity in sounds possible with the smallest amount of samples. The raw sounds include a bottom octave of low notes played with a pick, and the remaining octaves are tapped notes - all on a clean electric guitar. Through the use of the delay, reverb, grit, filter, humanization, and ADSR modules (and the arpeggiator on the second tab), you can play anything from an ambient pad to a crazy helicopter sound.
When making a sample instrument you can usually take two distinct paths; deep sampling for realism (many velocity layers and round-robins), or focusing on sound design. We aimed to focus on sound design (deep sampling is often a wasted effort if you're just going to cover it in delay, reverb, distortion, and filtering). The result was a super efficient 58MB size Kontakt instrument with a ton of capability, that we can afford to offer for a great price.
PLENTY OF PRESETS
Taps comes with 25 snapshot presets to get you started. The first 9 presets are what we consider 'standard' sounds, not too far away from the raw tone of the samples - use these if you want Taps to sound like a clean tapped electric guitar. The remaining presets are a mix of arpeggiated sounds, distorted guitar sounds, and crazy FX.
Note that if you want to use the snapshots in the drop-down menu on Taps, you must move the snapshot folder into your Kontakt snapshot folder. There are instructions for how to do this in the README file included with the download.
Taps comes with a second tab on the GUI that gives you access to an arpeggiator. This is a stock NI preset arpeggiator, but it gives you access to a completely different way to play the instrument. Our favorite mode is random, with the rate set to high speeds - this creates a flurry of notes around whatever chord or groups of notes you're playing.