Keyboard Magazine - June 2010 - (Page 68)
Many keyboard-based composers I know pay significant moolah to session guitarists because absolutely nothing propels a track like an acoustic guitar rhythm part. It’s an expensive indulgence and it can slow down your process to schedule and record someone. So if you’re like me, you’ve gone to great lengths to become a virtual guitarist—and found that nothing quite works. Until now. RealGuitar 2L lets you create original, authentic-sounding acoustic guitar parts from an array of uncannily realistic steel- and nylonstring models. Installation is uneventful and the first step is obvious: Select a fingered or picked six- or 12-string guitar. All the choices sound like highpriced axes miked through a top-end preamp. The utterly ear-fooling “Stereo Steel” has quickly become the go-to solo guitar in my studio. If RG did nothing but this, it’d still be worth the price. But wait, there’s more. . . .
You instantly see notes you’re playing on the virtual guitar neck. RealGuitar will only play voicings that a real guitarist would.
by Richard Leiter
they press the strings against the frets, the squeak of the strings as they’re released, the smack of the hand against wood, the dull chunk of a pick plucking a muted string. RG2 lets you dial in the level of each noise, then key-switch through every articulation. What’s more, any good guitar player has tricks appropriate to each style. You simply cannot play blues without bending notes, and Americana styles sound pretty dull without judicious hammer-ons and slides. RG2 lets you assign bends, slides, and mutes to adjustable velocity layers. Hit a note softly, and you get pure guitar. Smack it, and bam: You’re Muddy Waters.
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Stunning performance demo with Jeff “Road Pig” Abbot.
Wonderful Little Noises
Part of what makes a sampled guitar sound real is the assortment of non-pitched sounds a guitarist makes: the scratching of the fingers as
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