In this first installment of our Virtual Guitarist tutorials, we’ll start showing you how you can produce convincing guitar performances within a few minutes, and without playing the guitar.
But enough talking already – take a listen to this clip now:
Actually, the name of the clip comes about because it was the result of my first encounter with an early Virtual Guitarist IRON alpha version.
What you hear was produced solely by Virtual Guitarist IRON, as you can see as you follow the action on the plug-in interface.
If you like, play the clip a few more times and watch out for automation controlling knobs and switches.
You might think this performance was probably the height of what Virtual Guitarist IRON can do, and that it took a lot of time and expertise. But actually, it was pretty easy, took only 15 minutes to create, and we’ll share the files with you so you can download and play with the clip, and use it as a template for creating your own stunning guitar tracks.
How it’s done
In a nutshell, this is how the clip you just heard was done:
And that was pretty much it.
Use the clip in your own music!
Got a DAW and know how to create and edit an instrument track? Then why not play with the clip yourself and make it your own?
Optionally, adjust the following controls: Guitar to “Bite”, Drop D “On”, Doubling “Off”, Delay Time to “8th”.
And there you go! If you like, analyze the MIDI file for the difference between MIDI notes that select phrases, and MIDI notes that actually play notes. C4 plays a role here!
If this inspired you to go ahead and get to know Virtual Guitarist IRON a bit better, click onto the “I” bubble in the plugin window, then “Read Manual”, and follow the quick Walkthrough from page 13.
So, I hope you had fun. In the next part, we analyze in-depth the techniques used in creation of this clip and how you can learn from it for your own Virtual Guitarist IRON experience.
Peter Gorges is the co-inventor of the Virtual Guitarist concept in 2001, a sound-designer, writer, studio keyboardist and serial music technology entrepreneur. His company Wizoo released the very first Virtual Guitarist with Steinberg, and he’s also the co-founder of the team behind the new Virtual Guitarist series.