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Virtual Instruments: Guitar & Bass

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Do you create music with a computer? If so, you’ll need at least one virtual instrument to get all the sounds you want. And if you’re looking for virtual guitar and bass instruments, you've come to the right place. We offer a selection of the finest guitar and bass virtual instruments out there.

Virtual instruments are software plug-ins that you can use on your computer to create sounds that sound the same as real-world instruments. Sweetwater offers many virtual instruments that easily load into your DAW.

With sampling, a library with thousands of samples of real-life sounds exists at your fingertips. But sample libraries can eat up a significant amount of space on your hard drive. Many artists who work primarily with sampling have more than one hard drive full of samples. Larger sounds can also take a while to load. This is where synthesis can be so helpful. Synthesis allows you to create sounds using advanced programming (not recordings of real instruments) — and you don't have to lug around gigabytes of data since they are simply computer algorithms!

However you like to mix and produce your sound, virtual guitar and bass plug-ins pack a large punch in a small package. Some plug-ins might use samples for a bass sound and synthesis for reverberation, modulation, amplitude, and other effects.

If you're a beginner, don't worry. You'll be a pro in no time. Opt for software with an intuitive user interface. Check out screenshots in advance and give our Sales Engineers a call — we'll give you a breakdown of the best virtual guitar and bass software for beginners.

Before making your final choice, check that the guitar or bass modeling software you choose is compatible with your system. Many work fine with either a Mac or a PC, but it's worth double checking to save yourself the hassle of incompatibility. If you're working on an older computer, take a look at your processing speed and memory to ensure it can handle your new software.

Ready to go? Many of the virtual guitar and bass instrument plug-ins we carry are available via instant download, so you don't have to wait to get to work!

Do you have more questions? Feel free to call our Sales Engineers and they’ll help you find the best virtual guitar and bass software for your needs. Learn More

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