It’s really difficult to get good sounding virtual guitars. Most of them just don’t sound like the real deal. Generally one can pick up when a guitar is virtually being recreated and when it is being played for real. I know that there are many producers out there that are looking for a VSTi that really does live up to what is to be expected. Therefore I decided to take on RealGuitar.
What we look for in one of these VST plugins is the versatility in sound and to be able to emulate the real dynamics of a physical guitarist. This is probably one of the most difficult instruments to replicate but it seems that RealGuitar managed to pull this one off.
Our VST plugins needs to not only sound like a real guitar, the sound needs to be manipulated just like a real guitar. So let’s take a look what is inside RealGuitar, and see if it lives up to expectations:
- A bunch of really famous guitars
- Great Amps
- Every fret has several different styles of playing the guitar (up stroke/ down stroke and muted)
- 26 different chord types, including 7ths and 9ths
- Adjust the strumming speed
- Hammer ons and Pull offs
- Tremolo on both notes and chords
- 555mb sample pack of acoustic guitars including (steal, Nylon both picked and fingered)
As you can see that this VSTi definitely gives you supreme control over what you can do with your guitars. For anyone really interested in adding in some guitar strums or solos this is definitely a very viable option. With the wide range of amps and guitars to choose from you can imitate even the greatest guitarists out there with the simplest of ease.
Obviously this instrument is played on a Midi controller but nonetheless it will sound like a real guitar.
VST Plugins Conclusion
This instrument really did surprise me at how versatile and real the guitars sounded. It wasn’t that digital regurgitation that we normally hear when we listen to these types of instruments, and the dynamics of the execution is also incredibly cool.
Sometimes when you need to find a soft acoustic guitar played exactly how you want it, you could have difficulties tracking down the musician that is able to perform the feat. But if you want to cut out the musician entirely you should definitely consider RealGuitar as the replacement. Not only will you be able to emulate the sounds of a real guitar, you will be able to make every note sound exactly how you want it to sound.
Obviously it is always best to use real musicians, but for those of us that produce thousands of songs this might be the next best thing. Good news for Mac users as this is compatible and the recommended software to use with it is Pro Tools. Nonetheless you can plug it into most of the commercial brands out there and will be able to record guitars in no time.
The GUI is also a thing that is very noteworthy. It looks like you’re looking at a guitar flat on the screen where you can play with all the settings. As VST plugins in the guitar arena go, this one is one of my favorites and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in taking their guitars within production to an exciting new level.