What is Cinematic Guitars?

Sample Logic’s award-winning team presents a powerful collection of morphed guitar instruments harnessed in a remarkably adaptable “core effects sequencer” engine powered by the Native Instruments Kontakt Player.  Derived entirely from true electric and acoustic guitar recordings by guitar guru Steve Ouimette (known for his work on the Guitar Hero franchise) this library is not a traditional guitar sample library, rather, it is an extensive collection of atmospheres, instrumentals, and percussives unlike any ever heard before. Taking it one step further, Cinematic Guitars gives users the power to create and manipulate custom instruments using the first ever “core effects sequencer” designed by Sample Logic and built into the Kontakt engine.

This library is all encompassing, exploring infinite timbres and emotions through its unprecedented collection of over 1000 instruments and multis, starting with bizarre, dark, euphoric, spiritual, electronic sounds and going far beyond.

CINEMATIC GUITARS is geared for film, TV, game, and electronic composers.


Creating Cinematic Guitars

Sample Logic teamed up with renowned Guitar Hero series guitarist and composer Steve Ouimette to record a wide spectrum of guitars including steel, nylon, electric guitars and a variety of other rare stringed instruments. We dug deep into Steve’s imagination and vast collection of guitar effect boxes and amp gear to capture some of the most unique and original sounds possible. Everything from bowing, scratching, and mutilation, to gentile somber gestures and effects. From there, Sample Logic manipulated and molded these superior sounds into a master suite of jaw-dropping instruments and multis using various morphing techniques and the real-time  Cinematic Guitars “core effects sequencer”. Rest assured, no guitars were burned during the creation of this product!

The Instruments

  • Atmosphere/ambient soundscapes and stinger construction kits
  • Morphed guitars, synths, and pads
  • Melodic and percussive tempo-synced loops
  • Melodic and percussive arpeggiated/gated instruments
  • Percussive impacts, big hit ensembles, and kits
  • Swipes, scrapes, and reverse transitional effects

The Multis

  • Performance-ready multis (playable interactive preset templates made from multiple instruments)
  • Over 125 score-ready multis

Additional multis included in Cinematic Guitars were created by award-winning composers:

  • Bill Brown
  • Jesper Kyd
  • Trevor Morris
  • Deane Ogden
  • Atli Örvarsson
  • Chad Seiter
  • Steve Tavaglione

Interface Screenshots

Interface Screenshots

Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes

Press & Awards

“You might think that the guitar wouldn’t lend itself to creating cinematic soundscapes, but Sample Logic show us it’s time to think again.

–Sound On Sound

Cinematic Guitars is outstanding, and a must-buy for anyone looking to bring heavyweight guitar processing into their soundtracks.” 

— Computer Music Magazine

Awarded 9 Out Of 10


Trevor Morris

(The Tudor, Chase, Pillars of the Earth)

“Sample Logic has done it again!  Cinematic Guitars is an extremely rich and robust library, that once again captures my first and most important requirement from sample libraries: Gravitas. It has a weight and feel to it  that I responded to immediately.”

Bill Brown

(sole composer of CSI: New York, movies include Ali, Finding Forrester, and Any Given Sunday)

“The filmic, guitar-based rhythms, phrases and ambiences in Cinematic Guitars, along with some interesting new scripted and tempo-based effects, are definitely enough to inspire.”

Deane Ogden

(Hit List, The Way Home, Surrogates, The Sensei)

“Playability is always my #1 concern with any sample library.  Again,  Sample Logic has knocked it out of the park with Cinematic Guitars. With the very detailed subtleties of these instruments fronted by what might be the most tweakable user interface ever, Cinematic Guitars is a game-changer on a lot of levels.”

  • Available as a direct download
  • 9 GB sample library (uncompressed)
  • 5.8 GB via Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression (Download Size)
  •  Over 1,000 instruments and multis recorded and processed at 48k/24 bit, delivered at 44.1k/24-bit
  • Stand-alone, VST, AU, DXi, or RTAS
  • Kontakt Player Free 4 or higher (also runs in the retail version of Kontakt)
  • Mac: OS X 10.6 (latest update), 10.7, Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (Kontakt player 4 and higher)
  • PC: Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit, Inteo Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2GB RAM
  • 6+ GB of free disk space
Bulk Email Sender