There are some guitar libraries on the market, especially for accoustic guitars & basses.
But it is really difficult to get a library for classical guitar, which sounds real like a classical guitar.
This is the reason for the following comparision of guitar libraries which includes a classical guitar (mostly called "nylon string guitar").
As base of this comparison I will use:
Joaquin Malats: Serenata espanola
for Classical Guitar Solo
(Joaquin Malats, Barcelona, 1872- id., 1912) Pianista y compositor español. Se formó en Barcelona y en París. Realizó numerosas giras por Europa y América. Es autor de una suite sinfónica (Impresiones de España) y de numerosas composiciones para piano.)
The famous guitar composer, artist & teacher Francisco Tárrega arranged Serenata espagnola, which was originally written for piano forte, for classical guitar.
00) Original recording of Serenata espanola
I recorded this piece, when I was a student of the University of Music & Arts in Graz, Austria, on the guitar.
I used a Hannabach guitar (a famous German guitar maker) and the recording is more than 30 years old.
Excuse me, if the recording qualitiy is not up today standards!
Below the first page of the score:
For the following comparison I used a score wirtten with Geniesofts Overture 4 which was based on my 30 years old notes to Serenata espagnola.
The score includes all necessary information (Barree, fingerings, string numbers, articulations, etc.) for a classical guitar player.
Overture 4 is excellent tool for composing classical (and others) guitar pieces & I used it for all my compositions for this instrument.
01) Malats: Serenata espanola performed with RealGuitar
I used the DXi plugin of Real Guitar in a forte ENSEMBLE rack.
I don't know what classical guitars have been recorded for the "Nylon string picked & fingered" instruments.
real Guitar comes as plugin (DXi, VSTi). The VSTi version can be easily used whithin Ove4's rack.
For those which want to use Sereneta espanola together with RealGuitar in a sequencer I post two links:
General MIDI 1:
Cakewalk Sonar 5 Producer Edition
02) Malats: Serenata espanola performed with Horizon Vienna Concert Guitar with GigaStudio 3
The VSL HORIZON SERIES Vienna Concert Guitar is available in GigaStudio & Kontakt & EXS 24 format.
I used the Gigastudio version.
The instrument sampled for the library is unknown.
03) Malats: Serenata espanola performed with YT Pure Guitars with YT Independence
The Yellow Tools Pure Guitars is available in GigaStudio, Kontakt, EXS 24, Independece, HALION and AKAI S1000 format.
I used the Independence version running as plugin within Ove4.
"Independence is the latest in a long line of sample-based products from an innovative German company that has consistently set new standards for high-quality multi-sampling. Independence sees yellow tools taking another leap forward, demonstrating yet again its expertise in sampling with the creation of this fully-fledged, feature-packed software sampler."
The instrument sampled for the library is a nylon string guitar made by the German guitar maker HOPF.
Please listen to this examples & compare it with the original version 00).
Make up your mind and let us know, what's your favourite instrument.
All these guitar libraries have excellent accoustic guitars & basses included.
Please listen to (outside the comparision):
This composition uses different Accoustic guitars & basses from YT Pure Guitars.
The percussion comes from YT Pure Drums.
The synthesizer sounds from Dream expierience.
All together was recorded with Overture 4 & Gigastudio 3