Prominy Hummingbird - How to use ② Techniques to achieving realistic sounds

Author: sleepfreaks

Controls to create realistic guitar articulation

Prominy Hummingbird

This is the second article in our Prominiy “Hummingbird” series.
Previously we took a look at the basics and some expression techniques via strum/arpeggios,
but in this article we will look at techniques used to achieve a realistic sound.

※ May 22nd: A video on arpeggios added to the end of the article

About Prominy Hummingbird

Prominy Hummingbird precaution

In our last video article, we used a different interface than this article, but we are still reviewing the same product.
In addition, the KONTAKT keyboard layout differs slightly from our last article so please keep this in mind.

The new version’s key layout is as shown:


  • Blue: Normal keys
  • Green: Strum keys/Arpeggios
  • Pink: Play keys
  • Red: Instrument select key switch

Stroke speed and how to change it

Stroke speed can be change from “MIDI CC# 3.”

Hummingbird CC3

  • fast stroke: 0〜63
  • slow stroke: 63〜127

To achieve a realistic guitar performance, variation in strum speed is important, so though it is slightly time consuming, try changing each stroke speed to create a realistic performance.

Changing stroke

Changing strokes is done through “MIDI CC# 58.”

  • auto: 0〜31
  • forced: 32〜63
  • down only: 64〜95
  • up only: 96〜127

You can learn more about CC from the download manual out from Prominy here.
※ “MIDI controllers” are shown via pg 118〜.

Playing single notes

Aside from open/barre chords, single notes can be played as well.
From the pull down menu, you will find 3 different play patterns.

  • legato slide: By sequencing a new note while the previous note is still held, you can play legato/slide or hammer-on/pull style articulations
    ※Using the slide articulation, you can also perform slide up/down and gliss styles.
  • no legato: When playing a note after another note, the slide articulation won’t occur.

Techniques to achieve realism

By adding noises throughout the performance, you can create a more realistic performance.
In this article, noise refers to fret noise and mute sounds.

Hummingbird D2D#G#1A1

Use the 4 key switches of D2・D#2 mute up/down, G#1 “picking noise,” and A1 “muted brush noise,” you can create more realistic performances.

How to use the Hold Key


The key switches for slide-offs are F1・F#1・G1, and are called “Hold Key”s. By releasing a note with the Hold Key held, a finger release noise and fret noise will play, with a slide-off.

Customizing play keys

Select the Options tab, and select play key from the upper right menu.

A1 has “muted brush noise” assigned to it with an orange “on” light.

Hummingbird ノイズカスタム

Click on it to turn it off, and when A1 is played there will be no sound.

Hummingbird フレットノイズ

Noise assignment can become overlapped, and when “fret noise” is on, both body hit sounds and fret noises will be mixed together.
Noises can be customized from F1 to A#1, allowing you to add the sounds you want to create realistic sounds.

Using Effects to add sound variation


You can turn ON/OFF Effects from the rack type layout, starting from the top with equalizer, compressor, chorus, and reverb, and although many individuals do most edits on their DAW, perhaps it’s worth trying out the built in EQ and comps within hummingbird.

You might find new and undiscovered sounds.

Prominy Hummingbird – Arpeggio tutorial

Article Writer

Daisuke Ito:Song Writer

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