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SESSION GUITARIST: PICKED ACOUSTIC Walkthrough | Native Instruments

November 2, 2019

Welcome to the SESSION GUITARIST – PICKED ACOUSTIC walkthrough. PICKED ACOUSTIC comes with a library of 194
picking and strumming patterns, and a second instrument that allows you to
play your own melodies and patterns. The entire library was recorded with three
different microphone setups, and the effects section has been improved
for added sonic variety. If you’re looking for a specific topic, we’ve added a table of contents in the description. Clicking on one of the links below will take
you directly to the corresponding section of this video. To start with, let’s take a quick look at
the pattern instrument. If you’ve used one of the previous SESSION GUITARIST libraries before, you should feel right at home. Select patterns via the keyswitches and play
chords over a range of three-and-a-half octaves. As you can hear, the instrument creates smooth
transitions between patterns without interrupting the playback, so you can combine multiple patterns into
one continuous performance. When triggering chords at a maximum velocity,
a slide will automatically be added. Clicking on the song name leads us to the
song browser. Double-click one of the song presets to load
a set of patterns, and if ‘Link to song’ is enabled, loading
a song will also load its corresponding sound preset. To choose a different sound preset, simply
select it in the menu. Let’s have a look at the melody instrument. The keyswitches from C1 to D#1 give access
to the main articulations: Open, Muted, Flageolet, and Tremolo. All articulations were recorded with fingers
and plectrum, so we can choose between the two sample sets
by clicking the toggle switch. Note that repeating the same note while holding
down the sustain pedal of our midi controller will not trigger multiple overlapping samples. Instead, the instrument emulates the muting
of the string, just before the new note is plucked, just like on a real guitar. The monophonic mode creates authentic sounding
transitions between overlapping notes, so try this mode whenever you’re playing
single note melodies. If the second of two overlapping notes is
played with a softer velocity than the previous one, the instrument interprets this as a hammer-on
or pull-off. Succeeding overlapping notes will be hammer-ons
or pull-offs as well, which makes it easy to create trills and ornamentations. Holding down the B keyswitch will add a slide
at the beginning of each note. Let’s add vibrato with the modwheel to accentuate
some of the notes. Let’s have a look at the ‘Guitar Settings’
tab. Right now, the accompanying guitar is using
the Condenser AB microphone setup. Let’s switch over to the ribbon mics and
enable stereo doubling for a wider and softer sound. The melody is played with fingers, using the
Condenser AB microphone setup. Let’s add a second melody on the left-hand
side, played with plectrum and using the dynamic microphone setup. Here’s the full arrangement, with all three
guitars and some added percussion. Let’s open the pattern browser to preview
and load patterns. Filter by playing style, articulation and
time signature, or enter a rhythm into the pattern search
strip to find a list of compatible patterns. Holding down the ‘alt’ key will repeat the rhythm entered from the step that you clicked on. The icons by the pattern name indicate whether
the pattern is a picking pattern or a strum pattern. The staircase is a picking and the “up and
down arrow” indicates a strumming pattern. To compare different patterns, we can flip
through the library during playback. Once a pattern is loaded, you can adjust it
to your needs in the pattern inspector. All picking patterns can be played with fingers
or plectrum, in open, muted or flageolet articulation. To play the pattern in a higher position on
lower strings, try adjusting the fret position value. This will create a darker, more intimate sound. You can use the ‘end step’ parameter to
shorten a loop; or offset its timing using the ‘shift’
control. You can also adjust the volume or switch a
pattern into double- or halftime mode. By default, patterns are played back using
the voicing generator. You can choose a different voicing in the
voicing dropdown menu. The auto chords module creates chords from a single
note on the fly. Set the key of your song in the dropdown menus, trigger chords using the white keys and modify
or add options using the black keys. Some of the voicing presets in PICKED ACOUSTIC
enable the emulation of open tunings like DADGAD or Open C. Here’s how this works: In DADGAD, the strings are tuned to D-A-D-G-A
and D, and the typical key for this tuning would be D major. Changing the notes on the lowest two strings will be enough to play most of the chords
we’d like to use in a typical song, while the pitches of the higher open strings
will always stay the same. To emulate the sound of open tunings with
voicing presets, look out for voicings with an asterisk next
to some of the intervals listed in the voicing menu: Those are the notes which will remain the
same, just like the high strings in an open tuning. Make sure that auto chords mode is engaged
and set to the key of your song to ensure that the open strings are played
back in the right key. Now, we can create chord progressions in open
tunings by playing single notes on the keyboard. Let’s have a closer look at the melody instrument. As you can see, the instrument includes four
pattern slots in addition to the melody keyswitches. Holding down one of the pattern keys will
engage the pattern mode. Release the key and the instrument will return
to melody mode. We can reverse this behaviour by choosing
‘Pattern’ as the default mode in the playback tab. Now patterns are played by default and holding down a melody keyswitch temporarily
puts the instrument into “melody” mode, allowing us to add licks or fill-ins to a
performance. Here’s what you can do to make the performance
sound as authentic as possible: The pattern feature works best when using
the instrument within the DAW. Set the tempo, turn on your metronome and
play along. This will ensure that a pattern will start
on the correct beat, instead of restarting at the first beat every
time we transition from a melody into a pattern. Make sure that the fret position and playing
style of your melodies match those of the selected pattern. There are a couple of extra keyswitches below
the playing range of the melody instrument: We’ve already looked at the B keyswitch,
which adds a slide at the beginning of the next note. Depending on the pitch of the previous note,
this will either be an upward or a downward slide. For slides at the end of a note, we can trigger
either the A or the G# keyswitch. A soft velocity will create a slow slide and
a hard velocity will create a fast slide. Triggering the A or G# keyswitches while
no notes are sounding will create a regular slide. The B flat key crossfades from ‘knuckle
wrap’ to ‘slapping’ the strings with the thumb. The effects tab reveals the effects chain,
including the new Plate reverb and Replika delay. We can change the order via drag and drop, load new effects from the effects browser
and tweak and bypass effects in the inspector below. To hear the unprocessed signal, we can bypass
or clear the entire effects chain. And of course, we can save our own settings
to a new preset, which includes not only the effects chain
settings, but also the ‘Guitar Settings’ tab, including the selected microphone, stereo
doubling, stereo width settings and more. Thanks for watching – We hope that you have
enjoyed this PICKED ACOUSTIC walkthrough! Leave any questions in the comments and head over to the Native Instruments website to listen to the audio demos.


  • Reply Jayant Das September 19, 2019 at 4:39 pm


  • Reply Saif Sameer September 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    NI at their glory! Marvelous job.

  • Reply Long Cao Official September 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Omg the best. This is what I'm waiting for. I wanna cry :(((((

  • Reply Zentrix Beats September 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    7:35 min you had me =)

  • Reply Leotique September 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    wow ! and cubase <3

  • Reply r a n d y September 19, 2019 at 5:33 pm


  • Reply Сергей Новиков September 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Must have for me!

  • Reply Maximus Sephallas September 19, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    A dream came true!!!!!!

  • Reply Ben Hughes September 19, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Sounds nice !

  • Reply Christian Rossle September 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Sounds great! And the best is – they are not just patterns like in SESSION GUITARIST – ELECTRIC SUNBURST. Please allow normal playing also in ELECTRIC SUNBURST.

  • Reply Lou Deib September 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    C'est magique !!! Vive la musique !!

  • Reply Peter Radd September 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Oh dear. I have, and LOVE all the other Session Guitarists. Looks like I'll be adding to it.

  • Reply JJR R September 19, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    This is phenomenal

  • Reply WavebeatsMusic - Royalty Free Music September 19, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    EXCELLENT tutorial video and not surprisingly, amazing library by NI! Well done guys!

  • Reply Kacepru September 20, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I love you.
    You could release the melody mode as it's own plugin and it'd probably be the best one on the market as of now. Now we just need a classical and electric guitar made in similar fashion and officially you'll have created the best bundle of guitar libraries.

  • Reply Oficial © SebyStudio HD September 20, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Best, best , best , best…………best , best , best. You are the best ! Congratulation guys ! 👌👌👌👌👌😍

  • Reply Oficial © SebyStudio HD September 20, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Hello everybody people of music ! Best regards by me ! 😊

  • Reply Chris Huelsbeck September 20, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Insane! Wow! 🙂

  • Reply Peter Radd September 20, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Question: When triggering patterns/chords, all you MIDI notes appear just before the beat, but the precise same amount each time. Any significance to this? I'd assume that we'd quantize these kinds of note-ons to on the beat in most situations. Thanks. (splendid video).

  • Reply A2Z September 20, 2019 at 1:31 am

    This is a seriously impressive instrument. I would love to see NI develop some bass instruments doing various styles like this. Bass parts maybe considered “easy”, but NI could definitely do something extraordinarily.

  • Reply Victory Group September 20, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Sounds good, but looks like it’s very limited in rhythms just like NI strummed acoustic

  • Reply Ridniy Kray Group September 20, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Finally an acoustic guitar virtual instrument where it’s possible to play realistic sounding melodies without tons of programming

  • Reply J Cav September 20, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I always insta-buy your Session Guitarist libs and this one looks so good.

  • Reply Jeff Derek September 20, 2019 at 5:37 am

    9:50 that was nice ending

  • Reply Ideal Airman September 20, 2019 at 6:04 am

    So, for the open tuning setting, can we make any tuning we like and then use that with patterns?

  • Reply Andrew Holcroft. September 20, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Looks like my "Significant birthday" desire, has just turned up.
    Thanks NI.

  • Reply Peter Svan September 20, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Wow, now we are talkin' NI 🙂

  • Reply Ricashanty September 20, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Absolutely marvelous

  • Reply S L STUDIO September 20, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Very interesting….im about to upgrade to komplete 12 ultimate is it included in komplete 12.(picked guitar)??????

  • Reply tom ecologist September 20, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    sonic nazi 1- Humans 0

  • Reply Kicki355 September 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    … an instant buy

  • Reply saitomusic September 20, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Wow! Good job NI! Now amplesound has a challenger. Will this be included in Komplete 13 or Komplete Ultimate 13?

  • Reply THX RUSH September 20, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    We want the electric guitar now. PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • Reply Roc Lowther September 20, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Wow…, bought this and using it already. Thanks NI 😉

  • Reply dagtastik September 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    If anyone knows, with the melody instrument, are you able to sequence freely? As in, play notes, chords, and whatnot? Or just single notes? I'm confused by the Mono/Poly switch in that mode.

  • Reply GabeCastro September 20, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I've never been super excited for using preset patterns because I want to make my own, but the engine behind these instruments has always been up there with the best guitar vsts. So I have to say it's such a godsend to have the Melody instrument because it means I can finally program my own notes! hopefully the same will happen soon for Electric Sunburst!

  • Reply Ricashanty September 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I am the owner of THE ULTIMATE collector PRODUCTION SUITE – Will I get the new picking strumming acoustic

  • Reply Michael Moon Music September 20, 2019 at 4:28 pm


  • Reply Vikramaditya Rajpurohit September 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Woaah.. this is crazy btw which version of Kontakt is it compatible with?

  • Reply Bob Heatlie September 20, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Amazing! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  • Reply Bob Heatlie September 20, 2019 at 5:06 pm


  • Reply Andrew Holcroft. September 20, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Would it be possible to have a list of what notes, on your keyboard triggers the range of chords ie Bbmin7? l have to experiment to find the not so obvious chords.

  • Reply clive saunders September 21, 2019 at 12:19 am

    native instruments kontakt always the cutting edge!

  • Reply RastaBusiness341 September 21, 2019 at 4:53 am

    20% left on the download 😉

  • Reply nicoJay38 September 21, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Very very impressive demo, great product !

  • Reply haui September 21, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Okay NI, I buy this since I love both Strummed Acoustic instruments. Next: Same like this but with nylon strings? You have the scripts, just record the same samples but with another guitar. Maybe the Martin 0-17 from 1934 like in Strummed Acoustic 2? I love the character of that guitar, but obviously the picking capabilities in Strummed Acoustic 2 are narrowed. I would buy this too 😛

  • Reply DENILSON DN Studio de Codó September 21, 2019 at 10:33 am

    got it right, excellent!

  • Reply Onur Sahin September 21, 2019 at 12:55 pm


  • Reply fotobyjp September 21, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Well done NI!

  • Reply clive saunders September 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    we need a stratocaster version!

  • Reply Randolph Privott September 21, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Do not purchase this product, they do not send the download link after purchase. It is a scam

  • Reply Konn September 22, 2019 at 1:21 am

    What's is the pattern at 0:22?

  • Reply Kaitav Sapre September 22, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Brilliant instrument and tutorial! Can't ask for more for an acoustic guitar. But now please update Electric Sunburst with the melody instrument patch as well. It would be greatly appreciated by all NI fans. Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Keevo September 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I've been waiting for you guys to bring this and I'm happy at how impressive it is. Quality work ….again.

  • Reply steelwiz September 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm


  • Reply Shadowhenge September 23, 2019 at 12:43 am

    This will be great when komplete ultimate 14 comes out.

  • Reply Discount Door Inserts September 23, 2019 at 8:35 am

    can I use this as a vst plugin in ableton live 9.7 ?

  • Reply Pär PeGe Gustafson September 23, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Wow. Above amazing.

    …"If it seems too good to be true, it probably is not true".
    This may just be one of those rare exceptions, when that 'proverb' simply is irrelevant.

    As owner of both Your 'Strummed' 1 & 'Strummed' 2, I cannot be anything but in awe.
    This seems to exceed my already high expectations..!

    Well. Done!

    brief moment of contemplating silence

    –> No! -DoubleNO!!
    I stand here selfcorrecting, transparently & completely selfcorrected.

    • Extremely.
    • Well.
    • Done!!

    Now, my only and hopefully not unrealistic wish, is that these improvement
    also are implemented in Strummed 1 & 2. If, so… (temporarily in lack of words…)
    Let's just narrow it down to; You will save not only my day, but also my life!
    (Okey… Not literally, but as a figure of speech & in that areas seriousness' level of gratitude.)

    May we maybe see such an update of "Strum- 1& 2"
    – in a future not exceeding my expected lifespan?
    (Bonusinfo: I way born early -69)

    My sincere wish & prayer is that each one of You @Native' will be massively Blessed from the Creator of all..!

    Peace & Love from Huskvarna, Sweden! 🙏🏻💙💛💙


  • Reply evan September 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    sounds wonderful

  • Reply RastaBusiness341 September 23, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Which preset are you using for the intro at the begin of the video?

  • Reply banjo pariah September 23, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I Just installed it 4 hours ago and already have two songs. INCREDIBLE! The New patterns are just what I've needed!

  • Reply Top Music Arts September 23, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Fire !

  • Reply Little Cloud September 24, 2019 at 3:12 am

    I am 60 years of age and I started playing gtr at 14 on an island in the Solomons called Bougainville..Ive never heard such beautiful clean guitar parts except by friends who are consummate professional guitar players. Incredible to listen to and I cant wait to use it instead of playing the parts on my Breedlove…I cannot record it with that kind of clarity and Ive been working in studio environments for over 20 years. Unless you have 100 grand of mikes pre's and a great floated separated room you would not be able to track a gtr like this sounds..flippin heck!!

  • Reply Daniel Porter September 24, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Do this with the sunburst pllllleeeeeaaaassseee I beg you!

  • Reply Diams Ulrich September 24, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    this is nice

  • Reply hopethisworks1212 September 24, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Great unless you want to play in 3/4.

  • Reply Master Technique September 25, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Great software

  • Reply Jeremie Kezi September 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm


  • Reply Ed Vizenor September 25, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Do you have to have the paid for KONTAKT version?

  • Reply Pettinhouse Guitar Kontakt Samples September 25, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Great Library! Congrats!

  • Reply lauschende Lippen September 27, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    I love it – I buy it… But not yet, but I buy it, that's a must have! Wonderfull Sounds – great…

  • Reply Noah Waiwaiole September 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Do you have any videos on how to make a live performance kit on the mikro mk3?

  • Reply Michelle w. September 28, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Beautiful! Just beatiful!

  • Reply Edjamar September 28, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Having trouble loading this software….system not able to use the Native instrument new update features…any ideas??????

  • Reply Pink Animals September 30, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    sample a few bass guitars, NI. I mean your own, not Scarbee. many years passed since Thomas did his basses, it can be improved

  • Reply Melody Man October 2, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Got damn! Those patterns we're fucking sick!!!😱 I can't breathe!

  • Reply Desolo Zantas October 3, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Please update your Bass Guitar to something more like this

  • Reply jeffreyMMVIII October 3, 2019 at 5:40 am

    hold this award for God tier

  • Reply Liam Martinez October 3, 2019 at 10:15 am

    gbye to my acoustic guitar

  • Reply Wolfbain Productions October 4, 2019 at 2:30 am

    This is probably the most detailed video explanation of any one singular product on the market. You guys just earned your $99.00 easily from me, and I'm only half way through the video.

  • Reply Ponky October 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    What is the difference between this one and strummed acoustic 2?

  • Reply Shiro Venom October 6, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    I need vst melody generator like captain melody or melody sauce vst please make it sir 🙏

  • Reply Aftab Alam October 8, 2019 at 6:57 am

    but this not working in kontakt 6

  • Reply Raja Sen October 8, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    excellent ……

  • Reply Live Drops October 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    That's great! Like the other 1000 people, I would like to say – please make the melody function available for Sunburst aswell ^_^

  • Reply Cesar Horkey Indo Gaming October 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Its great for composing music…

    Plz also sub my channel. Thx…

  • Reply moGraph Cuts October 12, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I think Amplesounds plugins are still ahead interms of realistic articulations

  • Reply Tanzil Hasan October 12, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Finally !!!

  • Reply Barefoot67 October 15, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Does anyone know what they've programmed on the CC lanes?

  • Reply yuxiong mo October 16, 2019 at 6:35 am

    please add all these new options to old guitar library

  • Reply Michael Blount October 19, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Ddoes this work in kontakt 5

  • Reply Shitty McShit October 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    What is the software they are using to edit the midi ?

  • Reply Foriyo October 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    how can i drag the samples into piano roll to customize it or record them just like he is doing in the video ??? Im on FL Studio

  • Reply Supersonicat October 24, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Ha! No more finger blisters! BTW, how did you get George Clooney to this voice over?

  • Reply Tobi Nathan October 25, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Why does it sound so much better in the video than in my logic project? Soundwise I mean.

  • Reply Ido Montaniez October 26, 2019 at 11:28 am


  • Reply Guitarlo Ndeso October 29, 2019 at 7:20 am

    What version of Kontakt is needed to use PICKED ACOUSTIC? My Kontakt 6 portable won't play it but it will play the other Session Guitarist series – Electric and Acoustic Strumming.

  • Reply Guitarlo Ndeso October 29, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Free KONTAKT PLAYER version 6.1 and higher, or KONTAKT version 6.1 and higher

  • Reply Nick Ad October 30, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Such a good library but how can I get a slap or a silent stroke sound?

  • Reply Liberalist D November 1, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Bought it today. I gotta say this is truly one deliciously-sounding instrument. Thank you and hats off to the all who created this masterpiece instrument.

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