“The first thing I noticed about this library is how real it sounded, not that other libraries sound fake, but each sound retains the feel and character of a real guitar.”
What is Apollo: Cinematic Guitars?
It’s a brand new cinematic guitar library from Vir2 Instruments for Kontakt.
The idea behind it is to provide you access to high quality pads, ambiences, swells, and chords.
In addition to the sound design stuff you also get traditional multi-sample instruments and even a whole section of guitar riffs and licks.
Of course it has a custom interface ready to be tweaked so you can add effects, modulation, change the tuning, etc.
The licks and riffs will also sync automatically to the tempo of your host for full flexibility.
Content: 13GB (over 22GB uncompressed sample content)
Format: Kontakt Player 5, Kontakt 5
How does it sound?
The first thing I noticed about this library is how real it sounded, not that other libraries sound fake, but each sound retains the feel and character of a real guitar.
Even the swells, pads, and ambiences still have that guitar feel to them, so the essence of the library really shines through.
Not to mention there are some really great sounding guitar phrases, along with some pretty useful multi-sample guitar and bass instruments.
What I like most about the library as a whole, is how complete and diverse it is.
Not only do you get the ambient sound design elements, but you also get to mix that will real traditional phrases and instruments.
Throw in the effects and modulation, and you have a very flexible sound palette to work with.
So what’s the bottom line?
I’m a sucker for cinematic ambient sounds, even more so when they are created from organic sources.
I give Apollo 4.5 out of 5 subs, it delivers great sound quality with an intuitive and powerful interface that’s ready to be tweaked.
From the pads, to the riffs, to the instruments, everything sounds great and the ambient designer is super flexible!
It’s one thing to have a collection of great ambiences and drones, it’s a totally different thing when you have the ability to take great source material to build your own quickly.
Not only did they deliver a product that sounds good from the start, but they give you the tools to create and build your own unique sounds in a fast and efficient manner.
I’d say this library was definitely worth the wait and carves out it’s own spot in the market of cinematic instruments.
Read the Apollo: Cinematic Guitars review at SoundsAndGear.com