Is there a country band setting

Some of your example songs are country… I can’t find a country band in the settings (instruments, rhythms, fills, etc.) I have written a song in Jimmy Buffet style and was looking for a country band option with country instruments (like a pedal steel guitar).

I was looking for the same. Country band would be great.

pedal steel (or really most slide) guitars are fairly complex to make realistic. there are a couple of VST instruments out there are can do a decent job of mimicing a lap steel, but pedal steel is tough - lot of different controls involved in the real instrument pedals, knee levers, slides, tunings, etc.
but of course it would be nice to have :slight_smile:

right now i just create long notes for placeholders on slide parts then use either BIAB or Ample Slide Lapsteel to create the final version in the DAW.

for country songs - i often blend a couple of basses and guitars to get close enough and likely replace those parts in the DAW if they’re not exactly right. and sometimes use a couple of drums rhythms and simply turn off the cymbals in one and add them from another pattern, same for kick and snares.

piano - much trickier in Hookpad, so, i’ll again block out the piano parts and replace with EZ Keys later. sometimes the accordian can get a sound that is useful but not always the MIDI…

so for a simple country song in Hookpad, i may have 3 drums, 2 basses, and 3 guitars + the blocking notes and instruments for piano, slides, fiddles, etc

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That’s a good idea. I’m always looking to improve our sound/pattern library.If you give me some links to songs, I’ll be happy to take a look at it. Maybe I can create a band-template for you.

It usually sounds whiny (like a dobro guitar) to me, but not always. Here are some examples. Dire Straits uses it well, as does the Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme (starting at about 45 seconds in).

Since my friend likes Jimmy Buffett, I wrote the song in that style - happy and laid back.

Since I am a new user, it will only let me add one link, so I’ll send the second link in another post.

BTW, are there any steel drums available? I couldn’t find those either.

Thanks for your help! Great product!

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