MusicLab RealStrat 4

Electric Guitar Virtual Instrument Plug-in with AmpliTube Custom Shop Software - Mac/PC VST, AU, AAX
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MusicLab RealStrat 4
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Play a Real Fender Strat over MIDI!

For some pieces of music, only the sound of a real Fender Stratocaster will do. The guitar is as iconic as rock music itself thanks to SRV, Hendrix, Clapton, and countless others. Now you can control a real Stratocaster, in real time, using your MIDI controller with RealStrat 4. Since RealStrat replicates the clean sound of a DI'd Strat, rather than recorded amp tones, it's future proof. Just pair it with your favorite amp simulator or use IK Multimedia's included AmpliTube Custom Shop software for endless inspiration. RealStrat version 4 adds the drag-and-drop Song Mode to build backing tracks, Chord Selector to quickly flesh out existing arrangements, and a 9-parameter Humanize engine to adjust pick position and tremolo work.

Master guitar rock without mastering the guitar

If you're like Sweetwater composers, you have hard drives of virtual instruments. But for rock, country, and metal, nothing beats a real Fender Strat through a dirty amp. MusicLab's RealStrat 4 is your ticket to the rock sound you've been dreaming of — without the time and cost of learning a new instrument. 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, RealStrat 4 responds to them intelligently, adjusting chord shapes the way a guitarist would move about the neck.

Sounds like a real Fender Strat, because it is

MusicLab recorded every sample in RealStrat 4 using a real Fender Stratocaster. They then used special multi-channel layering technology to create a custom library of samples taken from every fret on all six strings.

Perform with expressive guitar techniques

RealStrat 4's Guitar Touch technology lets you use your MIDI controller's pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel, sustain pedal, and aftertouch features to tap into guitar-specific techniques. Perform strumming, plucking, sliding, bending, and muting styles just as a real guitarist would.

Build guitar-centric rhythms with Pattern Manager

Using RealStrat 4's built-in Pattern Manager feature, you have instant access to a wide range of natural rhythms and strumming patterns: 1,250 in total. Patterns cover a number of musical styles and give you great jumping-off points for creating your parts. When RealStrat 4 is used as a plug-in, the Pattern Manager will sync to the tempo of your DAW.

Packed with more songwriting features

Whether you're looking to swap out MIDI tracks with real electric guitar tones or stretch your songwriting muscles, RealStrat 4 has you covered. Song Mode captures the soul of rock 'n' roll by letting you build tracks just as a guitar player would. Chord Selector provides a wheel of key-specific chords to help you find the right mood for your verses, choruses, and bridges.

Includes AmpliTube amp-modeling software

Half the fun of recording guitar is choosing the right amp and pedals for the job. AmpliTube Custom Shop software lets you handle it all virtually. Insert AmpliTube as an effect plug-in on your instrument track; choose your amp, cabinet, and pedals; then find the sweet spot using virtual mics. Whether you're shoegazing or chicken-pickin', RealStrat 4 and the AmpliTube Custom Shop are a winning combination for your music.

MusicLab RealStrat 4 Electric Guitar Plug-in Features:

  • Electric guitar virtual instrument plug-in suite
  • Samples the clean DI tone of a real Fender Stratocaster
  • Included AmpliTube Custom Shop software lets you pair sought-after amp and cabinet models virtually
  • Use standalone, or as a plug-in with your DAW (Mac/PC, VST/AU)
  • Perform in real time for live performances
  • Create realistic guitar arrangements for your music
  • Perform expressive techniques like tapping, hammer-ons, palm mutes, and volume swells with your MIDI keyboard
  • Packed with features for songwriters
  • Pattern library includes 1,250 rhythm patterns, synced to the tempo of your project

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Virtual Guitar
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format Standalone, VST, AU
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
Hardware Requirements - Mac G5/Intel Core, 2GB RAM minimum, 2GB Free Hard Drive Space
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core, 2GB RAM minimum, 2GB Free Hard Drive Space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 12-41275

Customer Reviews

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not the real thing, but close...

A fun user friendly VST that has a fairly realistic strat sound. If used with the right amp plug-ins it can blend well in the mix or live. PS... Practice the nuance's get a more accurate strat rendition. Overall, for the price it works!
Music background: musician, composer, song writer


it sounds really real. the only problem I have is tech is not for the not so pc savvy.i ask them about info on a issue an the answer was too tech.still don`t know a fix for the problem.
Music background: intermediate hobby

Good but...

I'm a keyboard player and MusicLab RealStrat 3 does allow me to play a "convincing" guitar on my recordings, but I have to give much more credit to AmpleSound for making a way better virtual guitar for less money. Just my humble opinion.
Music background: Musician, recording hobbyist
See also: Guitar Software, MusicLab, MusicLab Virtual Instruments: Guitar & Bass