Guitaret

Jasno



Jasno [i ̯asno] is a delicate recreation of a forgotten German instrument that sounds like a cross between a celeste, a music box, a hang drum and who knows what else. Captured through a hand-made tube preamp, sampled with love.


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The Hohner Guitaret (which Jasno proudly brings to your studio in the digital form) is an extremely rare instrument made for about two years in the 60s. Even though the note range is limited (it starts at G#3 and ends at E5 - I’ve extended it a bit digitally if you need more range), the sound is to die for. It’s familiar, yet different enough to bring some character and interest to your scores. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis used it to great effect on a soundtrack to ‘The Assasination Of Jesse James’.

Besides the standard finger-plucked sustains, you’ll also get an articulation where the instrument was performed with mallets (both of these have 5x repetition samples), loose tremolos as well as a softly-performed random articulation which works like this - you play a chord and magic hapens.
These humanly sampled electro-acoustic articulations are only half of the story, though. What you’ll also find is a collection of sound design Afterglow patches, created by processing the Guitaret using a variety of techniques and tools, including tape echoes, BBD delay and BBD reverb, lo-fi-ish early digital reverb, cassettes and tape. Some of these patches feature a digital tape looping machine, giving you control over speed, pitch, direction and overall dirt of playback.

Inspired by tape-based music as well as modern modular scene, the result is a collection of bespoke patches that evoke that dusty, analogue vibe, ranging from fragile and soft to dirty remains of the original signal. Think of them as an ultimate inspiration pallette that you can shape and perform using the interface or your favourite MIDI controller.

‘I can’t think of any other company out there, that offers so personal and intimate sounding stuff, that very easily fits well in your mix.’


- Trentemøller



Electro-Acoustic

A beautifully captured Hohner Guitaret, performed using different techniques.





Afterglow

Ambient sound explorations crated with tape and vintage outboard.



What makes it different?



Sometimes a well-tried combination of instruments works great. But sometimes, your score needs something a little more special and... quirky.

I think that the Guitaret is one of such things. It sounds familiar, yet lovingly strange. It will bring a lot of individuality to every song or fill the shoes of a music box in your next trap masterpiece without sounding cliché.

And when plucking or hitting the tines with felted mallets isn’t what the doctor ordered, turn to one of the Afterglow patches and explore textures you won’t find anywhere else.


Want to know more?
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Expression ready


If you own a MPE device, such as the ROLI Seaboard, you can perform the Afterglow patches using a multi-dimensional polyphonic control, shaping the textures on per-note basis. Standard MIDI controllers and the Expressive E Touché are supported as well.






Plugin


VST / AU / AAX plugin for Windows and macOS (10.11 or newer). Lifetime free updates. Watermarked to you. Downloads with Pulse.

Supports every major DAW like Ableton, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, Studio One, Reaper etc. Mac and Pro Tools versions 64-bit only.
1,39GB installed, twice as much required for download and setup. MPE requires a compatible host.

Acoustic


Plucks
5xRR, 4 dynamic layers
Mallets 
5xRR, 2 different kinds of mallets, mapped by velocity
Unsynced tremolos
1 dynamic layer
Random cloud
1 dynamic layer, tape controls

Afterglow


Echoes
Becoming Ocean
Piano Drop
Disperse



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