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Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar
Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar is a supremely versatile archtop electric guitar, perfectly suited for both clean and amped playing. Capable of styles ranging from jazz, funk, blues and R&B to rock, pop and more. Powered by and compatible with the free KONTAKT PLAYER plugin!

 

Archtop - Key Features
  • Extensive 24-bit DI recordings
  • Sadowsky Jim Hall model archtop guitar
  • Beautiful UI with editing, presets, and FX pedals
  • Custom blend between bridge and neck pickups
  • Sustain, palm mutes, vibrato, tremolo
  • Thumbed octaves, portamento (glissando)
  • Staccato notes, hammer-on, pull-off playing
  • Harmonics, neck slides, pick FX and noises
  • Wide range of release noises
  • Every fret sampled on every string
  • Adjustable mapping and playing style
  • Runs in the free KONTAKT PLAYER



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Archtop Concept

Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar is our next-generation virtual instrument sampling a customized Sadowsky Jim Hall model with dual pickups. This library is ideal for many genres, from jazz, funk, and R&B, to ambient, rock, pop, and beyond. With stunning realism and detail, you can write or perform virtually any rhythm or lead part you can imagine!

NOTE: Already own Shreddage II? Archtop has a lot to offer! While Shreddage is all about heavy, thick tones, rock, and double-tracking, Archtop specializes in more clean and dynamic playing.

Download the Shreddage 2 vs. Archtop comparison here!

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Archtop Audio Demos

The demos below showcase Archtop in a variety of contexts. "Dressed" demos incorporate other instrumentation, while "Naked" or unlabeled demos feature nothing but Archtop. Enjoy!

The gorgeous, warm tone of Archtop can be processed with internal or external amps, cabs, and FX, or left totally clean; with tons of subtle detail and two pickups, it excels at clean playing.

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Archtop Interface and Engine

Archtop also includes an advanced, but highly intuitive, scripted interface. This interface follows the same model as our Shreddage II: Absolute Electric Guitar, so if you've gotten comfortable with that interface, you'll feel right at home in Archtop!

Archtop Interface

The Perform page allows for editing and loading articulations, adding effects like chorus and reverb, and adjusting parameters like monophonic mode, round robin, and the special strumming mode. The Fretboard page allows for visual feedback and selecting parameters of the virtual guitarist, such as the hand size and extreme fret preferences; these parameters are translated into real behavior for the string selection algorithm, where Archtop will map MIDI notes onto certain frets and strings appropriately as if a real performer were playing them.

The Articulations page exposes all of the Archtop articulations to the user in a fully customizable mapping scheme. The user can either activate articulations via keyswitches or velocity ranges. The Engine page reveals the back end of Archtop for users seeking to tweak Archtop into the ultimate performance tool, exposing parameters such as velocity response, transposition, pitch bend, resonance controls, pedal behavior, and control over noises such as release and pick.

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Archtop System Requirements

Below are required & recommended system specs for Archtop.

  • 4GB disk space
  • KONTAKT or KONTAKT PLAYER version 5.3 or higher
  • 4GB of RAM required
  • 7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended

 

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Archtop Videos

Intro & Overview


"The King and His Blues" Demo Walkthrough


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Archtop Reviews and Testimonials

Sound wise, Archtop is impressive too. Not only does it sound very real (thanks in part to its use of eight round‑robin variations per articulation), but it also has a lovely mellow tone which still retains enough presence to cut through in a mix… With a little practice, (users) should be able to fabricate very convincing and impressive guitar solos and chord‑based riffs to suit a great number of their compositions. (5/5 stars)Tom Flint, Sound on Sound

The big sound of the hollowbody electric is at its best taking centre stage. Archtop captures this perfectly and is the sort of sampled guitar you could happily ‘feature’ in a track rather than hide in the mix. It’s beautifully presented, and its pristine DI sound serves as a fantastic foundation for a huge range of tones… A fabulous-sounding guitar captured to near-perfection with articulations and noises for supreme realism of performance. (4.5/5 stars)CM Reviews, Computer Music

A fabulous-sounding guitar captured to near-perfection with articulations and noises for supreme realism of performance. (9/10)Computer Music July 2014

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