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    Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    I am looking to emulate the smooth guiitar leads that you hear on smooth jazz tracks and the weather channel. Anyone have any ideas on good libraries out there?

    Peace

    Rikp

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Check out Chris Hein's guitars:

    http://www.chrishein.net/guitar/chg_productsite.htm

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Agreed. CHG has a great hollow-body electric jazz guitar, and you can even use the acoustic samples of the hollow body if you want (or any combination of the electric/acoustic signals). Go all-electric and it's perfect for those octave jazz leads. Almost prototypical.

    -Tom

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    One more confirmation... CH Guitars.

    Best,

    Andreas

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Thanks folks! I am off to make a purchase


    Peace

    rikp

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Quote Originally Posted by rikp
    Thanks folks! I am off to make a purchase


    Peace

    rikp
    I 'm sure you will love your purchase, it's the best guitar library I ever tried.

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Quote Originally Posted by jazzobizz
    I 'm sure you will love your purchase, it's the best guitar library I ever tried.
    I would like to second this. The jazz guitar especially is great
    Raindog

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Here's a question about electric guitar libraries (including CHG):

    Do any of them emulate octave unisons correctly? I mean, of course you could just play in the octave parts with any library, but aren't octaves physically played differently in real life as opposed to taking an individual pluck and sending in up or down an octave? And then, aren't there different styles of octave playing? For example, doesn't George Benson stick a fifth in the middle of the octave? (I'm a keyboard player; hence my seemingly naive question.) Thanks!

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman
    Here's a question about electric guitar libraries (including CHG):
    Do any of them emulate octave unisons correctly? ... hence my seemingly naive question.
    Thats a good question.
    When playing octaves on a guitar with a plectrum, you always hit three strings.
    Usually the fifth in the middle is muted, so you just hear two notes with a little delay between them.
    But the sound is different than playing an octave on a keyboard.

    CHG has no recorded octaves. It has a built in midi-harmonizer with an adjustable dealy, but that does not sound like George Benson.
    Chord mode II simulates it a little bit, but to be honest, that also does not sound like real played octaves.

    I haven't really tried to simulate the typical octave Jazz-Gitar playing.
    I guess it would need a complete separate instrument with another 4.000 samples.
    There is a lot of dirt happening when playing fast octave lines
    especially in lower notes where you don't hit the upper three strings
    and you would need all the different articulations like slides, grace-notes, etc.

    Has anyone tried to play George Benson like octaves with CHG?

    Chris Hein
    Chris Hein - Horns / Chris Hein - Guitars / Chris Hein - Bass
    http://www.chrishein.net

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    Re: Smooth Jazz Guitar Lead Sound

    Hans Zimmer Guitars vol.2 two has a nice Jazz Guitar that includes sampled real octave playing. It's not as extensive as the more recent CH Guitars, but it's still very expressive and has a great tone. :-)

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