An extremely expressive and playable pedal steel guitar, designed by Dimitris Plagiannis to focus on authentic performances and ease-of-use! This quintessential American instrument is capable of playing rich harmonies and sonorous leads simultaneously. Great for Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, and Much More.
This library is all about capturing and performing the unmistakable sound of the pedal steel guitar, a classic of American music for over 100 years. The instrument originated in the Hawaiian Islands as a regular guitar, de-fretted and played with the edge of a dull knife to produce a signature sliding tone. It then evolved into the Dobro, followed by the lap steel guitar, before arriving finally at the pedal steel we know today: complete with electrified output and pedal control.
As the name suggests, pedal steel guitars rely on not just the hands to fret and play melodies and chords, but also the feet and knees to trigger pedals and levers. By doing so, the performer can produce unlimited inversions and chords under expressive sliding melodies. Our goal with our Pedal Steel was to offer this level of flexibility, without requiring intimate knowledge of the techniques required to play the actual instrument!
In creating this library, we recorded a modern standard 10-string E9 pedal steel (Nashville tuning) through a DI box, later re-amped with Fender and MESA/Boogie tube amps. The amps were recorded at their speaker output using a reactive load box so that they can be used with any cabinet IR including our own Console FX rack and mixer.
Capturing all the nuance and flexibility of a pedal steel guitar was a huge challenge, but making it playable on a standard MIDI controller was an even greater hurdle. Our goal with this library was to offer easy playability without requiring intimate knowledge of a pedal steel guitar. To that end, it has a few key design concepts:
However, when I run Kontakt as a plug-in in Logic Pro X, the keyboard is immediately \"taken over\" by Logic; three of the knobs are now controlling 1) pedal steel volume; 2) master track volume and 3) master volume. The other knobs are no longer sending the CC messages. 1e1e36bf2d