Emotional Guitars: Pads

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by Gary Jocher (04/11/2020)
Brilliant work!! 5 out of 5 stars. 8Dio does it again. Would very highly recommend. Get it. Thanks f...


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  • Price: $148
  • Cinematic Emotional Guitars
  • Over 2 years of production time
  • +1300 unique looping Emotional Pads
  • 32 Human Emotions at your fingertips
  • Based on the Plutchik’s Wheel
  • Intuitive Easy To Use GUI
  • Stack Articulations To Create New Pads
  • Advanced UI with 4-part XY Effects Engine
  • Includes our Custom CHAOS Effects
  • Product only available as a Direct Download
  • Full Retail Version of Kontakt 5.8 (or later) Required

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Emotional Guitars: Pads overview

A couple of years ago, we wondered how we could make a library that could encapsulate the most important human emotions, those that drive us to act the way we do, what makes us human. After some research, we discovered the Plutchik Wheel, which would summarize human emotions in a wheel, relating them by proximity and similarities.

We decided we could use this information to create a library that could help you create pieces aimed to make listeners feel such emotions, however, we wanted to offer more… so we decided to have these emotions in MultiSample form, in Pads and in Rhythmic loops, that way, you would be able to choose exactly HOW to drive your listeners towards an emotional level.

Emotional Guitars took over two years to produce with several months of recording sessions fine-tuning the guitar tones and making sure that each sample speaks from the heart.

After narrowing down the project, we decided to make this library only with guitars, to try and make the musician recording these emotions CREATE them with his hands, craft every single note with his heart and not merely sound design. This is how Emotional Guitars was born – from the hands and inspiration of one musician (with a lot of guitars), to your fingertips. We loved working on this project, and we are sure it will become a swiss army knife of reaching quick results for you.

With thousands of emotions organized into 32 different articulations (Emotions) that closely follow the Plutchik’s Wheel, it has never been easier to score scenes with this much of an emotional impact. Whether you need just a simple underscore or a more complex score that weaves in and out between dozens of different emotional textures, Emotional Guitars has you covered.

Emotional Guitars Pads is the first of 3 volumes, including ‘Emotional Guitars: Rhythms’ and ‘Emotional Guitars: Multi-Samples,’ which feature both rhythmic phrases, loops, and traditional multi-sampled guitars. It truly has never been this easy to score with such emotion and such accuracy. Any situation, any time.

What is the Plutchik's Wheel?

Psychologist Robert Plutchik theorized that there are eight primary emotions joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, anticipation, anger, and disgust. The Plutchik’s wheel illustrates eight primary emotions and 24 complimentary emotions. This tool not only demonstrates the emotions that relate to one another but also show you the emotions that are polar opposites. This is invaluable information for composers. Using this tool helps bring clarity to emotions, which can sometimes feel mysterious and overwhelming.

Infinite Emotional Pads

For a filling and background-type of results, we created looping pads (everything done with guitars!) with colors that will drive your listeners towards rage, serenity, distraction and even ecstasy! These pads are designed to add to your compositions and just let your fingers go with long sustains, that will colorize your music in a matter of seconds.

Unique Customization Possibilities

With our well-known CHAOS FX module, along with the 100% customizable XY Pads, you can suit yourself and make any sound you want with this beautiful library. The possibilities of colorizing the provided sounds are limitless, feel free to dive in and create your own sounds using our interpretations of emotions as a base – make your own concepts of what joy, serenity, and admiration can mean, extend the reach of the library and make the emotions yours!

Core Emotions.

There is an extensive range of emotions that we as humans can feel, and as Composer/Sound Designers, it is our job to be able to sonically capture these emotions accurately. We have closely followed the Plutchik’s Wheel to not only capture the core eight emotions (Ecstasy, Admiration, Terror, Amazement, Grief, Loathing, Rage, and Vigilance), but all 32 subcategories of emotions, so whatever your composing needs are, you can be certain Emotional guitars has the perfect sound for you.

Expand Endlessly

If you are in need of something more complex, we have also included the ability to stack and combine any of the 32 emotions so you can create a seemly infinite amount of pads. Combine Rage & Sadness, Love & Serenity, Terror & Trust, or Anger & Rage, the list and creative potential is endless. Once you have found/created that perfect sound, click the stretch button to expand your last played sample over the entire range of your keyboard. Whatever your story is, you can be confident that Emotional Guitars has you covered.

Thousands of Pads

Easily access the emotions from two main patches grouped A-F & G-Z. Each emotion is expressed with multiple of octaves of pads with every key being a unique sound to truly capture the spirit of the emotion. Quickly access any emotion and control it’s unique identity with the range of front facing effects including attack, release, speed, pitch envelope, glide and offset.


  • Acceptance
  • Admiration
  • Aggressiveness
  • Amazement
  • Anger
  • Annoyance
  • Anticipation
  • Apprehension
  • Awe
  • Boredom
  • Contempt
  • Disapproval
  • Disgust
  • Distraction
  • Ecstacy
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Interest
  • Joy
  • Loathing
  • Love
  • Optimism
  • Pensiveness
  • Rage
  • Remorse
  • Sadness
  • Serenity
  • Submission
  • Surprise
  • Terror
  • Trust
  • Vigilance
  • A City Whining
  • Alien Ray Gun
  • Broken Record
  • Floating on Ice
  • Floating Submarine
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Introspective Indie Movie
  • Jolt of Electricity
  • Lonely Anger
  • Lost in Space
  • Murder Mystery
  • Progressive Grunge
  • Red Tide
  • Soap Opera
  • Spinning Top
  • Tectonic Plates
  • Trouble Hurting
  • UFO Limousine
  • Uneasy Sleep
  • Whale Funeral
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.8+ required / Not compatible with free Kontakt Player
  • Runs as a host or stand-alone application, VST® or Audio Units plug-in & AAX® under Pro Tools
  • Minimum: Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended. For intensive instruments, i7 or equivalent is highly recommended.
  • Emotional Guitar: Pads requires 10 GB of drive space
  • 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended
  • Sample resolution: 48 Khz / 24 Bit stereo .wav format
  • Format(s): Kontakt