RealStrat - sample-based virtual instrument with an innovative approach to guitar sound modeling and guitar techniques emulating on a standard MIDI keyboard. RealStrat provides incredible playability based on the unique performance modes and easy-to-use keyboard layout as well as the advanced key/pedal/velocity switch system allowing a keyboardist to perform guitar parts with a whole new level of realistic expression. RealStrat Covers practically all sounds, articulations, and techniques a professional guitarist can produce on his Strat, including mute, bridge mute, harmonics, pinch harmonics, slap, unison bend, strumming, picking, chord chopping, scrapes, etc...
High quality dry samples recorded directly from Stratocaster pick-ups let you easily create any desired guitar sound using the included or your favourite amplifier simulator.
New in version 3 PDF
- Multi-channel layering technology, incorporating a custom library of specially recorded samples taken from every fret of all 6 strings of a real guitar
-The unique Floating Fret Position technology, which imitates change of fret position of a guitarist´s hand on the neck. This gives you the possibility of playing on up to 140 guitar frets using just 46 keys of a standard keyboard!
- Guitar Touch technology letting you easily imitate basic guitar techniques (strumming, plucking, sliding, bending, muting, etc...), using standard MIDI keyboard and MIDI controllers, such as Pitch Bender, Modulation Wheel, Sustain Pedal, Aftertouch
- Sound Humanize technology allowing to wholly reduce ´machine gun´ effect on note repetition (tremolo, strumming, plucking, etc...)
RealStrat is equipped with powerful Pattern Manager containing complete MusicLab Guitar Pattern Library for easily creating guitar accompaniment tracks. All you have to do is to find the appropriate rhythm pattern[s] in the Pattern Manager tree view, copy it to the needed number of measures, start your sequencer and use MIDI keyboard to play chord changes, or alternatively add chords to a MIDI track via sequencer´s editor.
RealStrat bonus software:
RealStrat ships with IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop software, which is a complete guitar amp modeling solution and effects powerhouse with ultra accurate models of the most sought after gear.
*RealAllGuitar 3 Bundle = RealGuitar 3 + RealStrat 3 + RealLPC 3
|RealGuitar 3 Some New Features|
|RealGuitar 3 Some New Features Part 2|
|Demo Video 1 - Voodo|
|Demo Video 2 - Rock|
|Demo Video 3 - RocknRoll|
|Free Tutorial 1|
|Free Tutorial 2|
|Musikmesse 2008 Video|
for all systems
An internet connection on any computer is required to authorize / activate the product (Challenge/Response).
Tony Cliff picks his way round MusicLab’s top-class trio of virtual guitars: RealGuitar 2L, RealStrat ans RealLPC, all priced around £160.
The guitar samples used this instrument are all acoustic guitars and after launching the program you must load your guitar of choice before you can hear any sounds. There are two different acoustic steel string guitars and each either picked or fingered, an acoustic nylon-stringed guitar (again picked or fingered), acoustic 12-string, and finally a particularly impressive stereo-sampled guitar. The sounds are all very convincing and include finger noise just as you would have when playing and releasing the strings of a real acoustic guitar.
The Solo mode is clearly designed for playing solo lead guitar figures and you can also set up various trigger keys to change the sound to a harmonic, slide, tremolo and so on to add even more realism to your guitar sound. Harmony Mode is set to play intervals such as 4th and 5th or octaves and power chords. The last three categories: Chords, Bass Chord and Bass & Pick are where things become more interesting. Basically there are various zones across your keyboard for either playing chords or strumming and picking notes. With a little experimentation and practice you can play the chords with one hand and strum or achieve a muted strum effect with the other hand. This is a very natural way of playing and for anyone used to quickly playing chords with the left hand, such as most keyboard players, then the right hand can set the guitar strum rhythms.
If you are not so happy playing in your own strumming patterns then you also have access to the Pattern Manager which is a collection of 1250 guitar accompaniment rhythm styles all categorised for easy selection. Once again it is very simply to assign two MIDI tracks to your RealGuitar performance, one for the required chords and then simply adding your selected patterns from the Pattern Manager to the other. Naturally everything will automatically synch to the tempo of your DAW software so that is not a problem. The patterns are very convincing and make full use of the capabilities of the program.
RealStrat and RealLPC
As I mentioned before if you have mastered the basic techniques for RealGuitar then you will very quickly adapt to these other instruments as they operate in a broadly similar manner. In these cases the interface you are presented when you call up the instrument is either a Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul Custom with the fretboard lighting up illustrating the notes or chords just as in RealGuitar.
I am pleased to recommend these products wholeheartedly and feel that if you wish to achieve realistic guitar recordings, and do not have a competent guitarist on hand, then they offer your solution and ideally it is good to have both an acoustic and an electric model.
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