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

The Dobro Strummer is the follow-up to our multi-sampled Dobro library. Dobro Strummer
contains over 4,000 samples spread across 13 different chord types and 13 different
rhythm types utilizing our powerful x-legato technology, which allows you to blend any
chord and rhythm at any time giving you an infinite amount of options.

Dobro Strummer is a round-robin based strum library, so even if you trigger the same
chord/rhythm multiple times - you will get natural and subtle variation.

Dobro Strummer contains all the classic chords (ex. Major, Minor, Maj7, Min7, Dim7) used
in traditional songwriting, but also contains more elaborate chords (ex. Maj7#11, Min9,
Sus2, Sus4, etc). The rhythm section is equally deep from traditional type of strum rhythms
to more genre specific ones (ex. country, fingered arped, muted chugs). In addition we
also recorded muted strums of all rhythms, which gives additional options to design new
types of rhythms. Dobro Strummer also contains intelligent fret noises and velocity based
end chords, which allows you to make a natural ending to a chord progression by playing
hard on keyboard.

We also integrated live FX (ex. Delay, Verb, Screamer, Lo Fi, Convolution) into the
patches, so you can trigger live FX on top of the patches by using key-switches.

♥ 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.

8DIO Dobro Strummer comes in both 24 bit and 16 bit. We decided to offer both
versions to make it accessible for different types of production set ups. In addition we
also included native K5 and K4 patches. We recommend using 16 bit for normal
productions, but render in 24 bit for broadcast quality.

Patch overview:

K5 time machine pro full (2 way round robin) (memory intensive)

K5 time machine pro lite (1 way round robin)

K4 time machine full (memory intensive)

K4 time machine lite (1 way round robin)

Dobro Strummer contains two types of articulations: chords and rhythms. The chords
are mapped on key switches to the left on your keyboard. The rhythms are mapped on
key switches to the right - and the actual chord/rhythms are triggered in the middle of
your keyboard. If you play a hard velocity on your keyboard you will trigger an “end”
articulation, which is a non-rhythmic sustained chord. You can control how hard you
need to play to trigger the “end” articulation on the “velocity end” pressure and on/
off buttons. We also added our intelligent fret-control, so you will get natural fret
noises between chords.
Dobro Strummer can operate in two modes: mono and x-legato. Mono is just the basic
chords and rhythms in the normal monophonic form, however our newly developed x-
legato technology allows you to blend any chord or rhythm at any time. This gives you
the flexibility to develop new types of chord progressions and advanced rhythms by
freely combining any chord or rhythm at any time. We recommend using x-legato at
natural transitions times, since it can easily sound crazy if you use it randomly. We also
added muted (non-tonal) chugs, which are triggered right below the key triggers on
the middle of your keyboard.
You will also notice some yellow key switches to the far right. These are our live FX key
switches - allowing you to add live FX at any time to your chords and rhythms. The
circles besides rhythms and chords are “purge buttons” that allows you to load/
unload chords/rhythms for memory conservation.
We also included a half, and double time feature, which is useful if your core tempo
varies greatly from what was sampled, allowing you to easily alter the patch without
affecting your host sequencer.
Dobro Strummer is incredibly easy to use, yet incredibly flexible. You can control a massive subset
of elements directly from your keyboard, including chord types (upper left), key triggers (mid),
rhythms (upper right) and live FX (far right)

MOD WHEEL: The beloved mod wheel controls a subtle filter. The default is set to no filter, however
the second you start adjusting your mod wheel you will note the sound becomes softer and more
muffled based on the level of filter. This allows you to sculpt the sample to the given “softness”
level of your composition and makes the sample fit better in the mix.

LOW-KEY RANGE: The low key ranges on your keyboard controls type of chord you want. You can
select between 13 different chord types and you will see your chord choice highlighted in the
“chord select” section.

MID-KEY RANGE: The mid key ranges trigger the actual chord/rhythm. In addition the keys
corresponds to the chord type (ex. C controls all C based chords). The mid-key ranges also
contains a velocity based feature. If you play your keys very hard - they will trigger an end chord
of the chord type you are playing. You can control the sensitivity of this feature in the “chord end”
section of the interface.

HIGH-KEY RANGE: The high key ranges controls the rhythm type. You can select between 13
different rhythm types and you will see the rhythm highlighted in the “rhythm select” section of the

VERY HIGH KEY RANGE: The highest key ranges controls our live FX section. This essentially allows
you to trigger effects like delay, reverb, screamer/distortion, lo fi, rotator, fuzz. This can be
effective if you want some more unique textures (ex. more distortion for rock) to your music.
Effects Rack

Included with this library is an extensive

effects rack. Including a variety of effects
you can use to shape and mould your

Included are

•Delay (tempo sync)





•Convolution I (designed impulses)

•Convolution II (acoustic impulses)

Convolution Reverbs

You can find both reverb units towards the bottom of the effects page. The left most unit
contains several dozen designed impulses responses (inc. metallic hits, synthetic drones),
which are great for creative sound design. The right unit contains acoustic impulses
captured from some of our unique recording locations (inc. churches, cathedrals, halls,
rooms). To select a new impulse simply click on the impulse name or button, and select a
new impulse from the drop down menu.
Dobro Strummer contains over 4,000 individually sampled strums - covering the vast majority of
common chords and rhythms used in traditional song-writing. However there is a variety of tricks
that can help you sculpt the strums to become your own. The first option is to use the x-legato,
which allows you to change chords/rhythms at any time. We recommend using this at natural
transition points for 100% realistic results. X-legato allows you to change chords/rhythms inside of
a given phrase, so you can play a major chord - then switch to minor chord inside of a given
rhythm - or even change both chords and rhythms inside of a given rhythm. Please note that x-
legato follows the length of the rhythm, which eventually ends. This means you have to re-trigger
the x-legato if you want to repeat the strum.

We also recommend using our muted strums, which are found right below the key triggers in the
middle of your keyboard (Yellow Key). The muted strums can be triggered for any rhythms and
essentially allows you to blend non-tonal with tonal strums. This is great if you want to create new
rhythms and especially powerful when used with our x-legato technology.

Another cool trick is to use the “end” chord together with muted strums and x-legato. The end
chord is triggered when you play your keyboard hard - and can be used to shape additional
rhythms. Also remember to play around with the live FX (yellow key-switches) in top of your

But there is no right way of using the library. Its simple of matter of what is right to you ♥ T.

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Thank you so much for purchasing the 8Dio Dobro Strummer

The production of Dobro Strummer 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 forth.

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

Special thanks to Cam and Tawnia for keeping it together and dealing with
my mad brain. You guys are the real jedis!

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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