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Welcome to the 8DIO Natural Acoustic Series – a studio collection of high-end deep-
sampled acoustic instruments.

We are starting the series with the launch of our 6-String Steel Guitar. We deep-sampled
(3.000+ samples) one of the best sounding Dreadnoughts on the market and recorded
both fingered- and picked playing styles of the guitar, including hundreds of natural fret
and release noises. In addition we also created 18 morphed patches which blends the
guitar with a variety of other instruments (including a Double Bass, Grand Piano, and
Synths etc). The diversity of the morphed patches widens the sonic range of this instrument,
allowing it to sound like anything from a modified acoustic bass to a luther mandolin, from
a morphed guitar-piano to a more ethnic sounding guitar with resonators. We also
integrated live FX (ex. Delay, Distortion, Lofi, Convolution) into the patch, so you can
trigger live FX on top of the patch by using key-switches.

Please watch our video for a full introduction to the library and its many capabilities.
♥ Troels Folmann

1. Download and install our download utility (found in the email you received from us). We
offer both PC and MAC versions of the download tool.

2. Enter the ENTIRE serial code (found in the email you received from us)

3. The download utility will automatically download and install your library.

4. The library can be found through the regular browser in Kontakt.


The download utility should generally work for all download purposes, however please use
our manual download links if you encounter any issues. The manual download links are
generally slower downloads, but allows you to download the compressed library files (.rar
compression) through your browser. You can access the manual download links here:


Please use your purchasing email address and enter ENTIRE serial code.


This library does NOT use the “add library” function in Kontakt and all files must be access
through the regular Kontakt browser (upper left side of Kontakt). Please use the file browser
in Kontakt and locate the program (.nki) files in the library to use it.

Please contact us at support@8dio.com - if you encounter any other unforeseen issues.

The Steel String Guitar library consists of a singular core patch. This patch contains all
of the 18 carefully designed presets which can easily be switched between either
1. by selecting the name of the preset from the “Preset Overview”, or
2. by triggering the “Previous” or “Next” button that can be found above the “Preset
Each preset automatically loads its own sample pool, adjusts its mapping and applies
additional effects. We recommend trying them all, as each one really captures
different aspects of the guitars natural tone.
FRET CONTROL: Fret Control allows you to alter both the audible
volume, and the frequency (amount) of fret sounds upon the release
of a chord. This is perfect for adding a touch of realism to a

RELEASE CONTROL: Release Control allows you to either alter the

volume, or bypass the available release triggers. These “triggers”
greatly increase the amount of realism to a played performance by
adding the sound of the players fingers leaving the string.

CURVE EDITOR: By pressing the + icon you can access the

curve editor. This editor allows you to either draw or use the
dials to alter the velocity curve. Allowing you to adjust the
patch to work in a way you prefer, as well as help shape the
available presets.

PITCH-BENDER: The pitch-bender on your keyboard controls the pitch bend of the sample, Up to 2
semitones either way.

MODWHEEL: The beloved modwheel controls a vibrato effect. Allowing you to accent and sculpt a
sense of performance to your sound.

MID-KEY RANGE [BLUE]: The mid key range contains the natural tonal elements of the patch.

MID-KEY RANGE [CYAN]: The cyan coloured keys indicate where the original pitch of the guitar has
been stretched, which is extremelely useful fo extending the natural range such as playing bass
heavy elements.

HIGH-KEY RANGE [YELLOW]: The high keyranges on your keyboard provides you real-time control of
all the effects, including LOFI, Rotator, Delay, Convolution Reverb (with dozens of custom
convolutions), Fuzz. You can trigger these effects at any time AND you can trigger them all at the
same time.
STEEL STRING Guitar contains 7 different effects that can all be controlled directly from your
keyboard. The effects are controlled in the upper part of your keyboard. All the effects are marked
with yellow keyswitches. You can also access the FX via the effects page inside the patch.


A grainy texture to your sound - similar to bit-resolution on the modwheel. But can really be gritty
combined with distortion.


The classic hammond organ effect - freshly applied to the samples.


Delay allows you to sculpt more sophisticated rhythms out of the samples.

Convolution Reverb (see following page)


The classic artificial Kontakt reverb if that is your thing.


A powerful tool for sculpting more power and edginess out of your samples. It works insanely cool
together with bit-resolution (pitchbender) and filter (modwheel)

STEEL STRING Guitar contains a specific FX menu made of convolution impulses.

This menu allows you to quickly load one of our custom-captured real-world convolution impulses.
There are a variety of classic and unique impulses.

We've also included a variety of self-evolving special FX impulses to create great ambient effects.
Please note that these special mystery impulses require significantly more CPU power than the
other impulses, due to their length.

We also decided to add in a second convolution system to allow you to alter the spacial qualities
of the sound. This is particularly useful for adding “wetter” more spacious aspects to the guitar,
such as placing the guitar in a hall, or cathedral.
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Thank you so much for purchasing the 8DIO Steel String Guitar

The production of Steel String Guitar is not only a product of my own vision,
but also a product of patience from friends and family - and a product of
countless discussions with a variety of great composers, producers and so

Special thanks to Frederick - gorgeous playing makes for a gorgeous library.

Special thanks to Tawnia, Cam and Jan for keeping it together and dealing
with my mad brain. You guys are - once again - the true puppet masters.

If you have any questions, concerns, love-letters or hate mail feel free to send
it to: support@8dio.com

♥ Troels Folmann

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