Created for both musical use and sound design, Fractured: Prepared Acoustic Guitar is a collection of instruments featuring creative and esoteric samples and manipulations of various acoustic guitars.
Following the tradition begun with Violence, Vir2's virtual dismembering of a solo violin, Fractured features 2.3GB of compressed samples and more than one hundred new instruments with numerous variations and effects built into each. Each patch features the organic goodness of the acoustic guitar, but stretches its timbre in new directions to create previously unheard musical effects. Drum kits were made from such varied techniques as hitting the guitar with a mallet, scraping strings with fingernails, cardboard, or copper, and for one patch, rice was poured over the guitar. Long evolving pads were built from acoustic guitar samples that blur the line between electronic and acoustic. Fractured also features playable and dynamic rhythmic loops and patterns, multi-timbral arpeggiated creations, huge cinematic impacts, gritty electronic drums, gnarly and ethereal melodic instruments, and more innovative sonic goodness.
Price: $149.95. As it is powered by the included Kontakt Player, it is available for 32- and 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X in stand-alone and VST, AU and RTAS instrument plug-in formats.