MusicLab RealEight

Virtual 8-string Electric Guitar Plug-in, with Floating Fret Position Technology, Articulations/Techniques, and AmpliTube Custom Shop Free Modeling Software - Mac/PC VST, AU
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The Expansive Sound of an 8-string Guitar Via MIDI

MusicLab's RealEight virtual guitar plug-in offers up convincing 8-string electric-guitar sounds you can play from your MIDI controller. You can play chords just as you would if you were playing a virtual piano instrument. RealEight's innovative Floating Fret Position technology gives a realism to your changes and positions on the fretboard - just as a guitarist might transition between them. What's more, you can also easily imitate guitar-specific techniques - strumming, plucking, sliding, bending, and muting - using basic MIDI controls with MusicLab's RealEight virtual guitar plug-in.

MusicLab RealEight Virtual Electric Guitar Plug-in at a Glance:
  • Puts a great guitarist inside your computer
  • Perform expressive electric guitar techniques, using a MIDI controller
  • Includes IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop modeling software
Puts a great guitarist inside your computer

Enjoy great-sounding 8-string electric guitar tracks even if you don't play guitar, by using MusicLab's RealEight. This innovative virtual instrument uses guitar samples and special Floating Fret Position technology to achieve realistic guitar tones and chords. As you play notes on your MIDI controller RealEight responds accordingly, adjusting chord shapes the way a guitarist would move about the neck. In fact, you can play up to 140 guitar frets, by using just 46 standard MIDI keys.

Perform with expressive guitar techniques, using a MIDI controller

What makes a good instrumental performance is more than the notes played. Each instrument has techniques and sounds that are unique to the way it is played that really bring the music to life. That's why there is also Guitar Touch technology in RealEight. With it, you can use your MIDI controller's pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel, sustain pedal, and after touch features to tap into guitar-specific techniques. Perform strumming, plucking, sliding, bending, and muting styles, just as a real guitarist would.

Includes IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop Free modeling software

After you've crafted great guitar parts use the included IK Multimedia AmpliTube Custom Shop Free modeling software to put the tracks through the perfect signal chain for your performance. Add distortion or a touch of delay, then send it through an accurately modeled guitar amplifier for almost any sound you can think of. After RealEight puts amazingly convincing guitar parts into reach, AmpliTube Custom Shop Free helps you put them into the right context for your song.

MusicLab RealEight Virtual Electric Guitar Plug-in Features:
  • Virtual electric guitar instrument plug-in based on an 8-string electric guitar
  • Makes it easy to create realistic guitar arrangements for your music
  • Perform expressive techniques like tapping, hammer-on/off, palm mutes, and volume swells
  • Four guitar based effects included: violining, sustainer, FeedBacker, and Wah-Wah
  • Take advantage of 9 humanizing parameters to bring life to your tracks
  • Use standalone, or as a plug-in with your DAW (Mac/PC, VST/AU)
Life-like 8-string guitar parts are easy to create with MusicLab RealEight.

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Virtual Electric Guitar/Amp
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format VST2, VST3, AU, AAX Native, Standalone
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, 5GB hard drive space
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Athlon 64 X2 or higher, 4GB RAM or more recommended, 5GB hard drive space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 12-41398

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