6 of the Best Weird and Wonderful Guitar Sample Libraries
Lately we covered a whole assortment of options for producers looking to incorporate the guitar into their music, without actually playing (or buying) a guitar.
There are plenty of great software tools available that offer realistic guitar emulations, but today we’re looking at some of the leftmost alternatives suitable for creating lush soundscapes, melodic textures, and cinematic atmospheres.
1. Audiomodern Opacity II | £85
Delightfully performed and curated by Justin Hodges of Terre Grande, Opacity II is a godsend if you want creative guitar textures in your mixes and can’t physically manufacture them. Highly editable and expressive atmospheric licks and sequences.
2. Zero G Impromptu Electric Guitars | £32
Impromptu Electric Guitar offers 21 patches and 8GB of samples, though its real potential lies in how you can put them together to create organic soundscapes. All samples were processed through an array of real-world pedals, while its “Impromptu Engine” allows for random sound generation.
3. Heavyocity 2 Scoring Guitars | £70
A combination of pads, beds, drones, melodic pulses and performance palettes, Scoring Guitars 2 is superb for developing warm and emotive guitar-based soundtracks and soundscapes. The interface offers a wide range of auditory morphing capabilities, including reliable chorus, reverb and delay effects, along with a host of distortions.
4. Spitfire Audio Ambient Guitars | £220
A collaboration between Spitfire Audio and respected producer/composer Leo Abrahams, Ambient Guitars were specifically designed to address the soundtrack’s penchant for dark, indie-flavoured sounds. Ambient Guitars packs over 600 sounds, captured with loads of lively pedals and amps, with a clear focus on the organic side of things.
5. Arcade Output Sounds | $10 per month
Output Sounds’ “Sample Playground” is a comprehensive toolkit containing a wide range of highly editable sounds. Chief among them are thousands of studio-quality guitar samples, including the authentic sound of Nashville and the windy guitars of Chill. However, you will have to subscribe, but you can download what you want, when you want.
6. IQ Samples Guitar Hooks | £20
If you’re looking for new melodic or high-end ideas, then IQ Samples Guitar Hooks provides just that, with 160 loops (69 dry and 98 ready-made in three basic tempos). This pack could be a great starting point, or provide a tasty, melodic accompaniment to an evolving soundscape.