Evolution Texas Twang
by Orange Tree Samples Review
Evolution Texas Twang which is on the review table today. It is added guitar library from the full range of guitar instruments produced by Orange Tree Samples.
Chris Bullard performed the recorded guitar. Chris is a seasoned session guitarist and Country singer-songwriter. The purity and delicacy of his guitar playing are distinct in the several articulations covered in the library. Greg Schlaepfer has done Production, scripting, graphics. William Derganc did work on the sampling & processing.
It is a guitar library that ranges from picked performances to articulations especially helpful in Country music, such as finger plucked articulations for chicken picking technique. Orange Tree Samples did send a review copy with no strings attached.
The first thing you need to do when installing Evolution Texas Twang is to extract the RAR files that you downloaded, which can be done using 7-Zip (Windows), or UnRarX (Mac). After the library has been extracted, it needs to be activated using the Native Access application. The code to enable it and the downloadable files are in your user account of the Orange Tree Samples site.
A full version of Kontakt is not necessary, the instruments required is the Kontakt Player 5.7.0 (which is free). The instrument consists of 21 GB 24-bit samples which are compressed to 8.92 GB using the lossless NCW audio format.
Orange Tree Samples has mastered producing guitar instruments. I can say that as I do own and use their other instruments for many years.
Guitars are complicated to build in Kontakt, as you do have to include the position of the pick and the resulting timbre and tone of the guitar. A successful guitar instrument played on a keyboard needs a convincing strumming engine and legato either fretting a note or just playing along.
Evolution Texas Twang includes all needed articulations: sustains, palm mutes, mutes, natural harmonics. Also, special effects like string slaps, divebombs, pick scratches, and others. There are also MIDI articulations for instant techniques such as grace notes, buzz trills, slides (velocity-based and tempo-synced), octaves, and power chords.
You also can use the samples processed through a distortion pedal as an enhanced signal. This first distortion pedal adds the romantic, emotional, overdriven sound of a Trainwreck amp. The library contains both raw and extended (processed) signals. As always use third party tools and effects to make the sound further honestly your one.
I found the sound of the guitar uplifting and positive, these kind of sounds are emphatic and made me smile. The Fender Telecaster has been captured offering a wide range and versatility beyond the typical genres you would use this instrument in.
User interface & Usability
The Interface of every Guitar from Orange Tree Samples is consistent. The company did just recently update all Evolution interfaces to be on the same level, aka old libraries are getting updates and are maintained. That is a big plus for a developer and should not be overlooked if you want your instrument to be developed as you use it in the next months to come.
Another important plus point of the library is that it comes with tons of snapshots allowing your to try several Telecaster sounds. To get started with a clean, crunchy or more distorted vibe was never easier. I would highly recommend going through all presets to hear and understand what has been made available to you and take it from there.
Evolution Texas Twang Key Features:
- Built-in effects engine for instantly-usable Country electric guitar tones.
- Adjustable pick position using our proprietary physical modeling technology.
- A robust mapping system that lets you set how you want to trigger articulations, using conditions such as velocity ranges, MIDI CCs, latching and non-latching key switches, and more.
- Multitracking up to quadruple tracking
- The articulations have three dynamics, two pick directions (when applicable), and 2x round-robin.
- Articulations such as sustains, palm mutes, mutes, natural harmonics, plucked clear/muted articulations for “chicken picking,” plus special effects like string slaps, muted strums, and more.
- MIDI articulations for instant octaves, grace notes, buzz trills, whole-step slides, whole-step hammer-ons, and slides (velocity-based and tempo-synced).
- Legato samples for slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
Rating: Five out of five stars
Evolution Texas Twang is one of Orange Tree Samples guitars that shine with the playability, authenticity, vibe and sound quality. If you are an existing Orange Tree Samples and know their other products, you have already bought the guitar library before finishing to read this article. For new Orange Tree Samples customers, this is quality with a great engine on top.