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SESSION GUITARIST – ELECTRIC SUNBURST walkthrough | Native Instruments

October 13, 2019

Session Guitarist – Electric Sunburst from
Native Instruments gives you the sound and finesse of a world-class session
electric guitar player in the convenience of an easy-to-use virtual
instrument that is compatible with both Kontakt-5 and the free Kontakt player
plug-in. Electric Sunburst combines an incredibly convincing multi sample guitar with the wealth of authentic effects and beautifully recorded strumming patterns to create stunningly realistic results that will give you the
licks you need in seconds. From face-melting rock riffs to
laid-back grooves, Electric Sunburst is your one-stop shop for expressive
electric guitar tones. Let’s take a look at how Electric
Sunburst works in action. As soon as we load the instrument up, we can start playing patterns with the MIDI controller. If we bring up Kontakt’s keyboard view, we can see that we can play a three and a half octave range from C2 to G#5, and select up to eight different strumming patterns
with key switches from C1 to G1. This flexibility makes it possible to create
enough variations for the entire track or live performance without using
multiple instances of the instrument, and you can of course switch between
patterns by clicking them which is convenient when you’re working without a MIDI controller. Pattern presets are arranged into ‘songs’ which are groups of patterns that work well together, and an appropriate sound will be loaded along
with the pattern, if ‘Link to Song’ is selected in the sound preset panel Electric Sunburst includes a pattern
browser that will help you navigate the array of available patterns with options
to filter by playing style, time signature and even rhythm. You can enter notes into the rhythm search bar and compatible results will be displayed below. Holding down the Alt key will loop the rhythm entered from the step that you click on, which makes it easier to find shorter repeating loops. Search results with number values by
their name a rhythmically compatible, but are offset by the amount of sixteenth
notes indicated, and if you load the patch, Electric Sunburst will automatically set the shift parameter to give you the rhythm you need. The icons by the pattern name indicate whether the pattern is a strum pattern, an arpeggio, or a riff. The staircase is an arpeggio, the up and down arrows are strumming, and the musical notes represent riffs. This makes it a breeze to find the perfect pattern for your project. You can customize the way patterns are played back with the easy use Voicings menu, which allows you to play more complex parts without using extra MIDI information. You can also activate the Auto chords option, and have the instrument create chords from single notes for you on the fly. You can customize the keys in the auto chords menu, which also brings up a handy virtual keyboard that shows you what chords will be played on each key. You can tweak the position and length of
the pattern with the pattern information menu. The endpoint marker can be moved to
a particular point in a pattern if you don’t want to play the entire thing. To change which part of the pattern is
looped, the pattern can be dragged. The pattern information menu also allows
you to select a variety of articulation styles, including finger picking and
plectrum options. And for the arpeggio patterns, you can set a fret position which moves the virtual guitar player’s hand up or down the neck. You can also control the overall intensity of the sound with your MIDI controllers pitch Bend wheel, or the corresponding fader in the expression section. Clearly when it comes to patterns
Electric Sunburst is extremely flexible, but that’s just the start of this sonic journey. When it comes to sound sculpting there are even more options and it’s possible to quickly audition a variety of guitar tones using the sound preset menu. This is the best way to quickly see what
Electric Sunburst is capable of, but to experience its true power we need to look under the hood. To control an Electric Sunburst tone at the fundamental level, we open up the guitar settings page. Here we can control whether we hear the bridge pick up, a neck pick up or both. The volume and tone of the pickups can be controlled independently, and we can quickly create a stereo effect by clicking the doubling button, which uses different takes for the left and right speakers giving you a wide stereo sound that will instantly enhance your mix. Another way to control the tone is the mic option, which adds a microphone as another sound source giving us a more present tone that can really cut through a mix. Depending on how realistic versus how
clean you want your tone, you can dial in more fret noise, change the level/amount/volume of the background noise, and adjust overall tuning between precise
and sloppy. As you’d expect from the developer behind the Guitar Rig Series, Electric Sunburst features awesome virtual guitar effects including distortion, modulation, mixing, reverb and delay, and amp and cab effects. Up to seven effects can be used, and
these can be easily tweaked and rearranged to create your perfect tone. If you’d rather you can bypass all of the effects, and output the signal to an external amp simulation. Finally we have the playback page, where you can apply variable levels of eighth or sixteenth notes swing and control the quantization levels to get a more perfect or more human feel. All the patterns were recorded by real guitarists with a variety of timings, so this gives you a really natural feel, rather than a mere interpolation. You can also just other playback settings including ‘Latch mode’, which tells the instrument how long to keep playing for after you release a note, whether the patterns are synchronized to the host or notes start, timing offset for fine-tuning the synchronization with the rest of the
project to optimize the feel of the part, and double and half tempo options. As you can hear, Electric Sunburst has an array of sonic possibilities, that give you the results you’d expect from the world’s best session guitarists but without the time or money investments. To learn more about this outstanding virtual instrument, check it out now at


  • Reply Amused 2Death February 23, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    "a playable electric guitar" – false advertisement. Orange Tree Samples and Ample Sound guitars are playable. this is a collection of loops and patterns. don't play tricks on people. I don't get why won't you make a real playable guitar, you could easily outdo the competition.

  • Reply D'Asti Rogue2019 February 23, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Oh me oh my! Gold!

  • Reply realpool February 24, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Can you drag the patterns into your DAW and change the notes around etc…?

  • Reply DMN February 24, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Wow Litty!!!

  • Reply Nick McClure February 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Can this do basic, sustained chord strums?

  • Reply John De La Vina February 24, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Wow! Brilliant.

  • Reply Adam Vitovský February 25, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Great quality! I just wondering what would happen if I change the tempo? Are there authentic recordings for each BPM or are they stretched?

  • Reply nebula February 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Intro is basically rings by tycho.. which is a very good thing.

  • Reply Fabian R February 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    R.I.P. Gibson.

  • Reply René Alemán February 26, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I could use this NI!

  • Reply Rion Johnson February 26, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Seriously cool – will definitely work better than running strummed acoustic through guitar rig. haha Now you guys need to release a stand alone playable guitar similar to the basses!

  • Reply GuardateDJ February 27, 2018 at 4:25 pm


  • Reply Francisco Solis February 28, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Shut up and take my money !!

  • Reply SICK SICK SICK February 28, 2018 at 9:32 am

    If you can't do string drags then I'm out. And to the guy below who thinks the high gain sounds are great, I have just three crucially important words: Otex Ear Drops.

  • Reply Reehan Baitali February 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm


  • Reply Adam Hovey February 28, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Yea but can it be late to a gig?

  • Reply ThatsABiggon March 1, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I want this!!! I'm new to Kontakt; is this its own library or do i need Strummed Acoustic 2 for it to function?

  • Reply Richard Parrette March 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    is there a single note play that I am missing.. ?

  • Reply supercrank March 2, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    but does it djent?

  • Reply Virgilian Shailer March 3, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Please give us ability to midi map on tempo change.

  • Reply Donald McCulloch March 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    As someone who plays the real instrument, this is worrying for future income!

  • Reply Iwan And The Jack March 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Sell ur Guitar Buy this Preset Software

  • Reply Stephen Ward March 6, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Sounds fantastic, little disappointed you cant write your own melodies and riffs but it gets a 10/10 for quality of sound.

  • Reply Marian paździoch March 7, 2018 at 8:14 am

    99 … In may country x 4.5= 445 . As if I lived, for example: in Germany. I could develop, in the direction of music production …

  • Reply Yavahi El Universal March 9, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Can You Play Single Notes ?

  • Reply Jürgen Kraise March 9, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Altough it does sounds cool, but it's quite expensive for just making strumming

  • Reply Samuel M. March 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Instant musthave! Now go make Ukulele Strummer. Every stock music composer needs it…

  • Reply Mohamed Sathiq.R March 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Sounds are nice…But we can't play a single note/chord using this..Only option is,we can only play the presets,patterns provided.

  • Reply Istvan Brudnyak March 13, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    I'd like to listen the theme in  full as  a  whole song !!!! NOW 😀  Its awsome tool by the way,

  • Reply Sean Swift March 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I was going to buy this, and this is cool overall, but falls short of being a tool where I can play my own riffs. My tunes/compositions always start with a riff or bass line popping into my head. I like riff based rock/funk. "If you're like me" you need the Les Paul from Orange Tree Samples. Don't buy the Strat (it lacks a cool neck pick up tone). I imagine some of the other sampled Gibson's at Orange Tree are great too. In fact, I think this hollow body blues guitar is next on my list:

  • Reply Elematic Beats March 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm


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  • Reply thefrancispaquin March 20, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Does Session Guitarist has a more funk-ish sound? I know that you have a vst called funk guitar in complete but I found it to be a bit too much restrictive. Does Session Guitarist has a funk guitar sound? (the sound that you present are very good, but I do not hear one close to one used in funk)

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  • Reply vivek tyagi March 23, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Can we play notes in Electric Sunburst ?

  • Reply Thorpe 4901 April 2, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Can you play muted harmonics as single notes?

  • Reply konroth rec. April 3, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    is it possible to play single notes ? maybe not, it dont think it is possible with the prev. session guit. and i wonder why.

  • Reply Michael April 20, 2018 at 3:44 am

    This sound is too good

  • Reply Alexey Filippenko April 22, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Can I control single notes in the patterns? I want to modify melody from time to time.

  • Reply cuk oturdu May 4, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    i love pick sounds! smooth yes..

  • Reply Drumilo May 5, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    how does one load this in kontakt?

  • Reply nebstaism May 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Can this Play minor 7th and diminished chords ?

  • Reply Hriðvitnir Málmi Víkingurin May 11, 2018 at 2:27 am

    press button to make music -__- its one thing if you can write out the riff, another to just trigger a premade sample.

  • Reply ArthyBog ArthyBog May 23, 2018 at 10:12 am

    заебцо.спасибо буржуям!

  • Reply yzimsx May 24, 2018 at 11:25 am

    What does the artificial synth pop music in this video have to do with guitars? 😉

  • Reply Eflatun Official May 26, 2018 at 1:03 am


  • Reply Eric Ntamack May 29, 2018 at 2:56 am

    7:15 that melody tho

  • Reply JAY KOLI June 14, 2018 at 1:57 pm


  • Reply Click Media June 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    What happens if you write a song with chords that don't always land on the "1 beat"? Many classic songs have a chord change occurring a beat before or after the 1 beat. All the strumming patterns and picking arpeggios in this software seem to start on the 1 beat. Is there any way around this?

  • Reply Sounds by Ivory June 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I wish you guys had the "Funk" option.

  • Reply Mason July 1, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Lol today I finally installed this one and I found it was not that easy to use it 😂

  • Reply drkastenbrot July 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    this one has potential for so much more than the generic guitar radio tracks

  • Reply FTGU July 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Definitely getting this 🔥

  • Reply Ten Again July 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    sounds beautiful

  • Reply Game Troller July 28, 2018 at 6:50 am

    what's the drum library on 6:00

  • Reply John Monnecka August 2, 2018 at 2:42 am

    i just got this and its awesome HOWEVER i am totally bummed that i can just sit and play it and its patterns only.. i kind of would have waited as the project i wanted to use it on i wanted to play my own patterns lol kicking myself but not too maybe in an update you guys could give us that ability?? 😉

  • Reply Game Waves August 17, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    TERRIBLE SUPPORT!……….. I purchased this Plugin nearly two days ago, and it crashes in Cubase 8.5 pro every time I try to load the Library. It works in the stand alone Kontakt player 5, but crashes every time you try to load it in Cubase. There is no way to contact support on NI page that covers this issue, been trying all day to make the damn thing work. COME ON NI Help your customers out!!!! I even tried asking the question on the NI forum, but it says I don't have enough privileges to write a post!! WTF………………so frustrated! Unhappy Customer! Can some one please HELP!

  • Reply Vamala August 24, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    that akira yamaoka vibes in your demos are so sick..

  • Reply Yoshi Fan September 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Komplete 12 Ultimate?!

  • Reply Mishu Călian September 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Total waste of time and money!

  • Reply Darren Patrick September 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Exactly!I laid a nice pattern down and wanted a single down strum to end and I hit a brick wall. What this software needs is the ability to play your own notes/chords or have each pattern style have their own preset endings. Because of this I give it a 7 out of 10, otherwise it sounds great

  • Reply jon morey September 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Cool just sold my les Paul effects and tube amp.
    Got a mic PA and laptop now

  • Reply Junayed Hossain Rayhan September 13, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    this the best i saw in my life!

  • Reply Torgul September 17, 2018 at 3:15 am

    I used this on a track a few months ago. Haven't gone back to it … I definately need to 🙂 does much more than I realized. Thx for the vid. 🙂

  • Reply SupaReels Music September 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    What's wrong with this guys voice ?? Gees!!! drink something.

  • Reply TreijaMusic October 6, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I really can't understand the complaints of those who say 'you can't play this instrument'. Perhaps we''re not supposed to! Remember, Native Instruments and other VST Instrument designers sometimes make instruments for different reasons/markets. For example, some 8Dio instruments are 'Session Phrases' – Session string runs pre-recorded as samples at different keys.You wouldn't want to play those on your keyboard now would you? Similarly, some Horn VST instruments are the same – they have specific phrases and Licks.

    This is EXACTLY the same. the key is in the title 'SESSION GUITARIST''. It is designed for producers, songwriters/ singers and musicians who do NOT play the guitar, but just want a rhythm or session guitarist. Hence the reason there is NO NEED to play the instrument ! Perhaps i'm a Drummer or Bassist and trying to create a rhythmic backing track – Session Guitarist is perfect. I don't wanna play Stairway To Heaven on it !

    Would one complain about the playability of some session horns, …or would one rather have a massive VST instrument with playable riffs and licks that sound exactly of the Vintage horns recorded by the world's great blues / horn players. because no matter how good you are a player, you cannot get this authentic sound by playing a horn or guitar VST …on a keyboard !

    If you really feel the need to 'play' a guitar on a keyboard (wtf) then there's plenty of playable VSTs out there – Vir2 Ele6tricity, and Orange samples spring to mind), But historically, 'playable' guitar VSTs which played on a keyboard tend to send quite poor and inauthentic anyway (pitch wheel key trying to emulate a guitar string bend on an electric guitar anyone? and running your finger up and down a keyboard does not sound like running your finger up and down a fretboard!?!).

    So as a producer/songwriter and primarily keyoboardist, i know my limits – i can play keyboard, but cannot play guitar so well, and don't wish to hire a session guitarist for a perfectly played, well-sounding, in-tune rythmn guitar … so this is perfect for me in terms of providing a professional rhythm section sound that BLENDS perfectly in your mix

  • Reply haris zade October 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    session guitarist plugin i.e. if you hate people…have no friends i.e. dont wanna ask on facebook or elsewhere to meet and invite a guitarist that will record for fun.

  • Reply Thomas Foster Musikproduktion October 12, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Ein deutschsprachiges Tutorial zum Electric Sunburst findet ihr hier:

  • Reply Troll Face October 13, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    is this a walkthrough or a runthrough?

  • Reply Wayne A. W. October 30, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Never heard of a “Rhythm Guitarist” playing solo a la “Lead Guitarist” as it were. Get real peeps, this library is ab-fab!

  • Reply Øyvind Hansen November 16, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I have this. Good sound but almost total useless. It is a sampler who
    plays only som finnish riffs, arpegios and strums. If you have your own
    riffs, arpegios, licks, strums or even want to make a solo you cant. If
    I knew I would never buy tis product and NI wont let us refund. From
    now I go for AmpleSound.

  • Reply David Carter November 19, 2018 at 10:24 am

    The GOOD part is that there are so many variations and adjustments you can make to the preset patterns that it can provide a seriously good proportion of the electric guitar rhythms you're ever going to need … and quicker and easier than the Orange Tree Evolution series. There's a 50% discount offer on at the time of writing this so it's just $45. I own both Evolution Stratosphere and this and they both get used. Stratosphere is great for solo work and more intricate arrangements but is a pain for programming strumming patterns whereas Session Guitarist is great for quickly putting a rhythm down.

  • Reply eroticyobbo November 20, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Can this take midi files of pre made guitar tracks i have created?

  • Reply Howard M. November 30, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Okay, this is epic.

  • Reply TayZonday December 1, 2018 at 4:57 am

    This is just a glorified loop sampler. It's not a VST instrument like the guitars in, say, EastWest's Ministry of Rock. You can't play it yourself.

  • Reply Jason Trebolo December 12, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Amazing for quick inspiration. I seem to end up palying parts on real guitar. But dam this makes finding new melodys fun

  • Reply Joe Herman December 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Got it and am digging it.

  • Reply Emil Konończuk January 3, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    4:40 Wait, shouldn't the sample be played only to the first 8 strums? It seems that it didn't change despite sliding right slider to the left and the sample is still played with its full length

  • Reply ISOUR tube January 11, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Wow thats very impressive. Can you also make a video about base in the same vst?

  • Reply Yaskon January 12, 2019 at 9:56 am


  • Reply SHEHZAAD February 2, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Don’t complain that it’s not playable. Their approach is different, like the strummed accoustic. All presets & loops, very fast for songwriters. If you need to program like the way you want, there’s Ample

  • Reply Tom Kirchhoff February 16, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Sounds real professional gives me ideas all over in my head just hearing your samples played jeez.

  • Reply dagtastik March 6, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Since purchasing, Electric Sunburst has found its way into the last 5 of the 6 songs I've composed. The muted & harmonic patterns are perfect for creating atmosphere, either in the background or forefront of a passage. This is a great VST to add to your collection. The sounds are so good, they leave you wishing it was a playable VST, but that's neither what the product is intended for or as advertised. This is a strummer, playing patterns, and you cannot play single notes or your own parts. You can, however, manipulate the preset patterns in many way to achieve what you're looking for. I love it.

  • Reply mikeyspikey001 March 22, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    This is perfect for me that can't play guitar. For the music I am making this is an excellent software to make 2nd and 3rd backup guitars for my lead. Very convenient to get a good riff with the press of 2 or 3 keys. Perfect for us non guitar players 👍

  • Reply Clickbait Cabaret April 5, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    This program loaded & installed itself. I pulled up my DAW, (REAPER) loaded KONTAKT & Voila! Sunburst was there & fully functioning. No looking for files, moving dils around or crashing the DAW trying to get it to recognize the plugin. I'm pointing this out because Evolution Strawberry was an exasperating pain in my ass to get up & running when I purchased it last year. Strawberry never did what I wanted it to do either. Electric Sunburst quite seems likely to.

  • Reply Amit Das May 6, 2019 at 10:28 am

    pattern does help musicians especially composers…thank you.

  • Reply staline chetty May 28, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    how to install

  • Reply Desolo Zantas June 29, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    You gotta make a funk guitarist 2 that works like this

  • Reply Commercial Music July 6, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    wow! cool guitar! Many thanks!

  • Reply Aiden Macleod July 27, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Well…, looks like I'M out of a job now.

  • Reply Shadow Banned July 31, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    This is best strummer I have seen yet….I have plenty of great playable guitar libraries this ones going into the collection 100%

  • Reply lambert konings August 12, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    is it possible to play chuck berry or elvis? Never does anyone play that with native. Why ?

  • Reply episode_iv August 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    waste of money

  • Reply Ilias Jarouit August 24, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Is it somehow possible to play it like a piano plugin? (giant, maveric and so on) i dont want to Set a loop. I want to play a melody. Is that even possible? And if it is… How?

  • Reply Troll Face August 25, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Better than Jimi Hendrix playing

  • Reply Mati Fena September 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    An update would be great, adding more patterns, for punk, hardcore, metal, pop rock…

  • Reply The True World September 16, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    This doesn't play what you wrote for it to play as a songwriter or composer.

    It just has "patterns". In other words, it's nothing more than an overpriced TOY for non-musicians.

    If you're an actual songwriter or composer who knows how to write freaking music notes yourself, HARD PASS on this one!

  • Reply - 10se September 19, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    just let us know wherte to set the key cause is everything on c major scale

  • Reply Pianist Reeves September 23, 2019 at 2:01 am

    The more thing like this are created the more likely I’m going broke 🙁

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