Lemonstrum 3 is quite different from most acoustic guitar strummers. Unlike previous versions, this one is primarily a chord sample player. Each of the 12 keys on the keyboard (A-G#) triggers the chord you assign to it. You can load up to three samples (different strokes) of the same chord for each trigger, which Lemonstrum will then play alternately whenever you press the key. A light press will play a scratch effect. It is pre-loaded with power chords or “fifths,” which blend well with both major and minor chords. You can also mic your own guitar and record three downstrokes of the chord that you want and load them into Lemonstrum 3.
Scenario 1: Using the default Power Chords
To get started, try pressing middle C three times. You will hear a strumming of the chord C.
Now if you want to change the chord that middle C plays, go to “custom samples,” select C from the trigger drop-down list, then load new samples of the chord that you want (WAV format).
Scenario 2: Creating custom samples
So you’ve got this nice-sounding guitar, but it’s hard to track (and hard to quantize) especially when you’re in a hurry to get a project or a demo finished. You can use your guitar with Lemonstrum 3.
All you have to do is record three different strokes of each chord that you need. For example, you need a CM7. Record 3 downstrokes of CM7 with your real guitar and save them to your hard drive as CM7-1.wav, CM7-2.wav, and CM7-3.wav.
Now in Lemonstrum 3, go to “custom samples,” then select a trigger from the drop-down list. Say, you want to press the key D on your keyboard to play your CM7 chords. Select D from the trigger list then load your 3 wav files below. Pressing D on your keyboard will now play your custom chord CM7.