Impromptu Zero-G Electric Guitars Review

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Impromptu Zero-G Electric Guitars: What is it?

If you’re the kind of musician who struggles with the guitar because it hurts your fingers, you’ll be in good company. Luckily, Zero-G is on hand to take the hard work out of all that choice, for something laid back, ambient and above all improvised!

Despite the product name, there is nothing improvised about the capability contained within this Kontakt instrument. With over 8GB of sampled content, you’ll be presented with guitars in three specific forms.

The ubiquitous Stratocaster leads the lineup with a second sampled instrument called Strat Harmonics and a final instrument based on a baritone electric guitar. In all cases, sampling was performed at 24-bit/48kHz, with capture from three different signal paths; condenser mic, ribbon mic and a layer that fully exploits a range of pedals in one pedal board.

You can play each of these instruments in a conventional chosen sense, but the philosophy behind this library is one of ambience, hence many effects applied throughout.

Zero-G Impromptu Electric Guitars: Performance and Verdict

As you explore, you realize that the programming is such that some notes don’t just play single strikes. This is where the pseudo-improvised element of the package comes in. It’s improvised, but not in a jazzy sense – it’s much more fluid than that. Zero-G has carefully superimposed each note to the power of three; the softest layer is sparse and simplistic, with middle/upper layers giving off a harsher tone, partly due to an increase in note repetition, accompanied by a harsher pick style, as the volume increases.

Control of these layers is elegantly handled by the mod wheel, or can be controlled as a MIDI CC from your DAW. This means that by playing a simple chord, you can create a lot of movement with just one press of the mod wheel. This can lead to immediate, guitar-centric soundscapes. Signal balancing is also simple, with faders for both pickups and a third for the pedalboard. There is also an additional reverb channel, which operates on a wet/dry basis.

While the initial sonic layers are great, there’s little control, beyond the mod wheel, for the musical element of each note’s rearticulations. This isn’t a problem in more abstract ambient musical contexts, but if you crave full control over the notes being played, you’ll probably avoid switching to the upper impromptu layer, for fear of unwanted articulations. However, the whole philosophy of the instrument is to allow it to do its job.

One of the unmistakable business cards is offered by the granular control, which is used in particular to create very beautiful washes and effects in the Pads section. These can sometimes look quite dark too, thanks to the granular processing samples, coupled with the extensive collection of effects to create Lo-Fi and Distortion.

Go improvised

The very notion of an impromptu library has positives. Arguably what you get as part of this suite is a top-notch guitarist, playing in a session environment, providing a ton of content to include in your own music. It’s not what you would call a phrase library, but the intrinsic nature of the improvised material is such that you might need to modify your musical criteria to suit the sound of the instrument.

Granted, Zero-G provided some simple picks, but the strength most certainly lies in the ability to simply let the guitar wash over any given chord, providing immediate interest. This will be a godsend for anyone who needs this type of material regularly or needs inspiration for a more ambient track. The important thing is that it sounds beautiful and effective; and does it fit your particular style of work or production? At such an attractive price, there’s nothing wrong with trying it out.

Final fulfillment

As with many Zero-G libraries, Impromptu Electric Guitars offers plenty of samples across 21 instruments, at a great price. Provided you accept the focused design, this gives a fair amount of timbral content for more ambient or cinematic-leaning music.

MusicRadar’s verdict: This superb guitar-powered ambient machine provides an enticing backbone for more cinematic tunes.

Impromptu Zero-G Electric Guitars: Hands-On Demos

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Zero-G Impromptu Electric Guitars: Specifications

  • Requires the full version of Kontakt 6.5.2
  • Total size: more than 8 GB
  • CONTACT: Zero-G
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