Big Fish Audio is a large company known for a lot of great products, and to keep up that high quality, they’ve created a division specifically to work on high quality plug-ins. This division, called Vir2 Instruments, is the force behind the Acoustic Legends HD plug-in. It features a large selection of instruments that were all sampled at 24-bit/96kHz, and as you would expect, they all sound outstanding. The Acoustic Legends HD library is almost 19 GB in size, so expect to have many, many different options here. In addition to standard acoustic guitars and such, you’ll find instruments like the mandolin and the ukulele, which you might not expect. There’s nothing too innovative, but that’s OK. There’s enough content in the library to keep you busy for a long time, and you’re sure to find at least one instrument sampling that fits your project.
The plug-in is laid out in a very easy to use way. It features your standard options of alternate down, upstroke variations, key-switching, chord changes, and the like. You can add percussive body effects and mutes. There are also a number of different steel and nylon string sounds that haven’t been assigned to chords, so you’re free to play with them. The library also includes fret noise that has been randomly blended into each sound, which is a nice realistic touch.
In addition to all of these instrument samplings, you’ll also find an extra folder full of different effects. These are all done in a fairly standard way, so don’t expect anything outstanding or different here. In fact, that’s pretty much how the Acoustic Legends plug-in is overall: nothing new or fancy, but a large, excellent sounding collection of acoustic sounds. It’s great if that’s what you need, but the price tag may seem a bit high. The plug-in retails for $250.
For more information you can check out the Vir2 website: http://www.vir2.com/