RealGuitar2 User`s Manual
MusicLab RealGuitar
Version 2
User's Manual
Copyright © 2000-2006 by MusicLab, Inc.
Table of Contents
About the program........................................................................................ 4
Installing RealGuitar 2 .................................................................................. 5
Installing RealGuitar PC version .................................................................. 5
Installing RealGuitar Mac version ................................................................ 5
Launching RealGuitar................................................................................... 6
Loading Guitar .............................................................................................. 7
Virtual Fretboard ........................................................................................... 8
User Keyboard Map ...................................................................................... 9
Performance Modes.................................................................................... 10
Solo Mode.................................................................................................. 10
Controls ......................................................................................................................10
Permanent Effects ......................................................................................................11
Key Switch and Pedal Switch Effects .........................................................................11
Bass Zone ..................................................................................................................11
List of Articulations/Effects available in Solo mode only .............................................11
Hold button in Solo mode ...........................................................................................12
Harmony Mode .......................................................................................... 12
Chords Mode ............................................................................................. 13
Controls ......................................................................................................................13
Bass & Chord Mode................................................................................... 14
Controls ......................................................................................................................14
Bass & Pick Mode...................................................................................... 14
Controls ......................................................................................................................15
Velocity Switch Effects............................................................................... 17
MIDI Controllers pane ................................................................................. 18
Main Controls .............................................................................................. 19
Setup ..........................................................................................................................19
Master.........................................................................................................................19
Mixer...........................................................................................................................19
Sound Effects .............................................................................................................20
Common .....................................................................................................................20
Chord Map ................................................................................................... 21
Using RG Rhythm Pattern Library and Pattern Manager ........................ 24
Pattern Manager ........................................................................................ 24
Pattern Manager Window ...........................................................................................24
Finding Pattern in RG Pattern Library.........................................................................25
Auditioning Pattern .....................................................................................................26
Controlling pattern playback .......................................................................................27
Transferring Pattern to host's MIDI Track ...................................................................27
Using Rhythm Patterns in a MIDI Track..................................................... 28
Controlling pattern playback .......................................................................................28
Creating Custom Styles for Pattern Library ............................................... 30
Organizing Existing Patterns in Custom Styles...........................................................30
Creating Custom Patterns ..........................................................................................30
RealGuitar Stroke Map .............................................................................. 30
Parameter Automation MIDI CC and VST Map ......................................... 32
Contacting MusicLab.................................................................................. 35
About the program
RealGuitar is a sample-based specialized virtual instrument with an innovative approach to guitar
sound modeling and guitar part performing on keyboard. It can be used as VSTi with any host
application supporting VST 2.0, DXi and as a standalone version.
The true power of RealGuitar lies in 3 brand new technologies incorporated in this innovative guitar
performance tool:
1. New multi-channel sound layering technology, incorporating a custom library of specially
recorded samples taken from every fret of all 6 strings of a real guitar.
2. The unique Floating Fret Position technology, which imitates change of fret position of a
guitarist's hand on the neck. This gives the possibility of playing on up to 104 guitar frets
using just 43 keys of a standard keyboard!
3. Our original Guitar Touch technology letting you easily imitate basic guitar techniques
(tremolo, strumming, plucking, sliding, bending, muting, etc.), using standard MIDI
keyboard and MIDI controllers, such as Pitch Bender, Modulation Wheel, Sustain Pedal,
After Touch.
These technologies allow to closely emulate live guitar sound and techniques, letting you perform
guitar parts with a whole new level of realistic expression.
Installing RealGuitar 2
Installing RealGuitar PC version
Double-click RealGuitar Installer file and follow the on-screen instructions.
At the end of installation process RealGuitar Bank Manager will open and extract sound bank
optimized for particular sample rate which allows using Quick Load mode realized in RealGuitar 2.
You can find the Quick Load switch button in RealGuitar Setup window.
In RealGuitar Bank Manager dialog check the appropriate sample rate box you normally use in your
audio work, and click ‘Select’ to select the destination directory for bank installation. Click Apply
button to start sound bank extracting. Close Bank Manager when sound bank installation is
completed. Note, that higher sample rate value will install larger target sound bank.
Important! If Bank Manager window doesn’t open automatically during installation process you
have to run it manually from Start menu->Program Files->MusicLab->RealGuitar 2, or
alternatively go to RealGuitar 2 installation folder (by default: C:\Program
Files\MusicLab\RealGuitar2) and double click StgMan.exe file.
Note, that if you want to change sample rate for your audio work you have to run RealGuitar Bank
Manager and create sound bank optimized for the new sample rate value.
In case your VSTplugins folder is not registered correctly RealGuitar installer will not
automatically install RealGuitar2.dll there. So to let your VST host ‘find’ RealGuitar you have to
manually copy RealGuitar2.dll from RealGuitar installation folder to your VSTplugins directory.
Installing RealGuitar Mac version
Double-click RealGuitar Installer icon and follow the on-screen instructions.
At the end of installation process RealGuitar Bank Manager will open and extract sound bank
optimized for particular sample rate which allows using Quick Load mode realized in RealGuitar 2
(you can find the Quick Load switch button in RealGuitar Setup window).
In RealGuitar Bank Manager dialog check the appropriate sample rate box you normally use in your
audio work, and click ‘Select’ to select the destination folder for bank installation. Click Apply
button to start sound bank extracting. Close Bank Manager when sound bank installation is
completed. Note, that higher sample rate value will install larger target sound bank.
Important! If Bank Manager window doesn’t open automatically during installation process you
have to run it manually - open RealGuitar installation folder (by default: HD->Applications>RealGuitar2) and double click “StgMan” icon.
Note, that if you want to change sample rate for your audio work you have to run RealGuitar Bank
Manager and create sound bank optimized for the new sample rate value.
Launching RealGuitar
Launching RealGuitar as a VST instrument:
1. Open the VST Instruments window
2. Click the “No Instruments” label and select RealGuitar on the pop-up menu
3. Open the RealGuitar window by clicking the Edit button in the slot for RealGuitar.
4. In the VST host application, select RealGuitar as the output for a MIDI track.
Launching RealGuitar as a standalone version:
In Start Menu go to Programs/MusicLab/RealGuitar 2 folder and select RealGuitar icon.
Loading Guitar
Click the black screen combo box in the upper part of RealGuitar window to select the guitar patch
from the list of available ones installed to RealGuitar Sound Bank.
RealGuitar includes sample set featuring 8 Acoustic guitar patches:
1. Steel Picked
2. Steel Fingered
3. Nylon Picked
4. Nylon Fingered
5. Steel 2 Picked
6. Steel 2 (Doubling)
7. 12-string
8. Steel Stereo (290MB)
Virtual Fretboard
In RealGuitar we have realized the Floating Fret Position principle, which imitates change of fret
position of a guitarist's hand on the neck. This gives a unique possibility of playing on up to 104
guitar frets using just 43 keys of a standard keyboard! This, along with the fact that we have
sampled 19 frets of the first string and 16 frets of the others (2-6 strings) for all of our guitar
patches, allows you to emulate a guitar performance with maximum sonic accuracy.
In the center of the RealGuitar window we provided virtual Fretboard, one of the most important
elements of the plug-in, which allows to visualize and control the Floating Fret Position while
playing the guitar part.
The Fretboard has a number of functions:
1. Preview - allows to preview the loaded guitar patch by simply clicking on a string.
2. Display notes - shows the performed notes in accordance with visual representation on the
fretboard and real sounding (you see the notes displayed on string and fret of exactly the
same samples, which sound in a given moment).
3. Fret Position Auto control (the Auto button is pressed) - realizes automatical fret position
change in Solo and Harmony modes, which moves the ‘Capo’ strip along the Fretboard
depending on the sequence of performed notes.
4. Fret Position Manual control (the Auto button is unpressed) - allows to manually change
fret position by right clicking on any fret. A ‘Capo’ strip will appear on the fretboard, which
will prevent to play samples from any fret lower on the neck than the ‘Capo’ position
(except for the 6th string).
User Keyboard Map
When connected to RealGuitar MIDI input the external keyboard is divided into 3 zones: Main
zone (E1 - B4), left (C1 - D#1) and right (C5 - C6) Repeat zones.
Main zone
Repeat zone
Main zone serves for playing melodic parts (Solo and Harmony modes) and entering chords
(Chords, Bass & Chord, Bass & Pick modes).
Any key of the Repeat zone repeats notes and chords played in the Main zone.
This way of keyboard mapping allows you to play guitar parts with 2 hands - you play various notes
or chords in the Main zone with one hand and repeat them by pressing the pre-mapped keys in
Repeat zone with the other hand without changing its position. This is very important for careful
preserving rhythm pattern accuracy and groove feel.
Using such a performance technique you can easily imitate the most characteristic details of guitar
performance, such as tremolo, strumming, bass and strum, picking on your keyboard making them
sound naturally as if they were played on real guitar.
Repeat Key zone functions:
•
In Solo, Harmony, Chords, and Bass & Chord modes you can repeat notes and chords
played in the Main zone (any white key repeats the full sound, while black key repeats the
muted sound). Also with the keys of Repeat zone you can alternate up/down/muted strokes
to produce strumming and tremolo techniques (C, E, G – trigger up stroke; D, F, A - down
stroke; C#, F#, A# - muted up stroke; D#, G# - muted down stroke) with both single notes
and intervals/chords
•
In Bass & Chord mode you can trigger Bass I (Root) and Bass II (alternative bass) notes as
well as upper string strums
•
In Bass& Pick mode Repeat keys trigger individual voices (strings) of a chord taken in the
Main zone.
Performance Modes
RealGuitar includes 5 separate guitar performance modes, each of which is a separate performance
tool meant for imitating special guitar performance style:
1. Solo - polyphonic mode for performing melodic parts
2. Harmony - monophonic mode for performing parallel interval melodic parts
3. Chords - chord mode for performing accompaniment strumming parts
4. Bass & Chord - chord mode for performing bass and strum parts
5. Bass &Pick - chord mode for performing picking/plucking parts
The modes are selected by clicking on a respective button under the Virtual Fretboard
view.
Solo Mode
In this mode the Main zone (E1 - B4) of the keyboard works as a normal polyphonic keyboard,
while both Repeat Key zones (left (C1 - D#1) and right (C5 - C6)) allow you to repeat notes taken
on the Main zone (white keys repeat full sound; black keys repeat muted sound of the same notes).
Muted sound
Full sound
Muted sound
C1
Full sound
Melody zone
Repeat keys
Controls
RealGuitar Solo mode provides you with multiple permanent and switchable controls allowing to
easily add various specific guitar articulations and effects to your performance.
Permanent Effects
H.O. - Hammer-on with automatic Pull-off on key release, assign the affected note range in Steps
combo box
Slide - automatic slide (up/down) between two legato played notes, adjust speed with Time slider,
and assign the affected note range in Steps combo box
Key Switch and Pedal Switch Effects
Any of 4 keys of Left Repeat zone (C1-D#1) as well as Sustain Pedal can be also used to
temporarily switch the Main zone to new sound/articulation previously chosen in the respective
combo box. Pressing the appropriate key or the sustain pedal switches the Effect on, while releasing
the key/pedal reverts Main zone to the original sound/articulation. You can use various Key/Pedal
switch FX’s at a time.
Bass Zone
Bass zone splits Main Zone into two parts that allows using individual performance techniques for
both parts.
Press Bass zone button and assign the right boundary key (E2 by default) – now all upper notes will
be out of the Bass zone.
Bass zone notes have stronger velocity curve and are not affected by:
•
Mute keys - that allows performing mutes/repetitions of higher range notes only without
cutting bass notes
•
Velocity switch FX - that allows to apply velocity switches only to higher range notes while
playing bass notes in a normal way
•
Tremolo FX - that lets you play normal accompaniment part within Bass zone while
performing tremolo solo part in the higher range
List of Articulations/Effects available in Solo mode only
H.O. - Hammer-on with automatic Pull-off on key release (Permanent FX, Key/Pedal switch FX;
assign note range (steps) in Permanent FX section).
Slide - automatic slide (up/down) between two legato played notes (Permanent FX, Key/Pedal
switch FX; assign speed and note range in Permanent FX section).
Tremolo - automatic note(s) repetition on key release to easily perform tremolo technique
(Key/Pedal switch FX).
Sustain 1-2 Mono - sustains all notes except for the notes played at a semi-tone or tone interval
(step-wise melodic run): the next note 1-2 step apart mutes the previous one as if played on the
same guitar string, while the thirds and larger intervals are being sustained (Key/Pedal switch FX).
Velo Mute - notes played with lower velocity values trigger muted sound (Velocity/Key/Pedal
switch FX; assign velocity threshold in Velocity switch FX section).
Mono Bend - applies pitch bending only to the lowest of simultaneously played notes allowing to
emulate guitar specific single-string bending techniques: Unison Bend, Bend/Release combined
with sustained note(s), etc… (Pitch Bender/Modulation Wheel controllers).
Hold button in Solo mode
In Solo mode the Hold button works differently from the other modes, where it actually substitutes
the Sustain Pedal. In Solo mode when Hold button is on, any pressed and held key can be used for
sustaining the following notes.
Harmony Mode
In this monophonic mode any key of the Main zone triggers an interval/chord based on the played
note, previously chosen from following options: 4th down, 5th up, Octave (up), Power Chord 1 (5th
+ 4th up), Power Chord 2 (4th + 5th up), 2 octaves (up).
The keys of both Repeat zones (left and right) allow you to repeat the interval taken in the Main
zone (white keys repeat full sound, while black keys repeat muted sound of the same notes).
Muted sound
Full sound
Muted sound
C1
Full sound
Melody zone
Repeat keys
Chords Mode
In this mode the RealGuitar detects the chord played in the Main zone of the keyboard (the root
note and the name of the chord appear on the black info screen), then the program builds guitar
version of the chord considering the selected Chord position and current position of a ‘Capo’ strip
on the Fretboard, and finally plays it using down strum technique.
Any key of Repeat zone repeats the whole chord played in the Main zone: black keys play muted
strums, while white keys play strums when the chord is still held and muted strums when the keys
in the Main zone are released. Up and down strums are triggered by neighboring keys for both
white and black keys of the Repeat zones, like C1 - up strum, D1 - down strum, C6 – down strum,
B5 - up strum and so on).
Muted strum
Strum
Muted strum
C1
Strum
Chord detect
(down strum play)
Repeat keys
Controls
Chord position - selects the melodic position range for the built chords.
I
- the highest note is between E3 and G#3
II
- the highest note is between G3 and B3
III
- the highest note is between A#3 and D4
IV
- the highest note is between C#4 and F4
KBD - the melodic position range of the built chord depends on the octave position of the chord
taken in the Main zone of the keyboard (with borders between E and E of the next octave).
Strings - allows disabling upper and/or lower strings in chords, so you can pare your strums down
to any five, four, three, two or just a single string by selecting the first available string# in
upper/lower combo boxes (e.g. selecting 2/5 will disable the 1st and 6th strings in the strums).
Chord/Bass - switches on the X/Y chord detect mode letting you construct major/minor triad
chords with any desirable note in the Bass, e.g. A/G (Amajor chord over G bass) for G-A-C#-E
voicing, D/F# (Dmajor chord inversion with F# bass note) for F#-A-D voicing, F/G (Fmajor chord
over G bass) for G-A-C-F voicing, etc…
Bass & Chord Mode
In this mode the program detects the chord taken in the Main zone of the keyboard, builds its guitar
version and plays its Root note (Bass I) only. The Repeat zone keys now have following functions:
•
C5 triggers Bass I (Root note),
•
D5 triggers Bass II (Alternative bass, usually the 5th degree of the chord).
The rest of the keys in both right and left Repeat zones trigger up and down strums of the upper
strings of the chord, black keys perform muted strums of the same strings).
Muted strum
Strum
Muted strum
I II
C1
Bass
Chord detect
(bass play)
Strum
Repeat keys
Controls
Chord position - selects the melodic position range for the built chords.
Strings# - specifies the number of sounding strings in chords triggered by Repeat zone keys.
Chord/Bass - switches on the X/Y chord detect mode letting you construct major/minor triad
chords with any desirable note in the Bass.
Alter Bass - automatically alternates between Bass I and Bass II when the same chord is taken in
the Main zone.
Bass Mono - mutes Bass I note when the next Bass II is played.
Bass & Pick Mode
In this mode the program identifies the chord taken in the Main zone, builds its guitar version and
plays only its Root note (Bass I).
The Repeat zone keys trigger each voice of the chord separately, just as if you'd play it string-bystring on real guitar in the following way:
•
C5 triggers Bass I (Root note)
•
D5 triggers Bass II (alternative bass)
•
E5 triggers 4th string
•
F5 triggers 3rd string
•
G5 triggers 2nd string
•
A5 triggers 1st string
The other keys function as chosen in the Add-on string keys combo box.
The keys of the left Repeat zone strum 4 upper voices of the chord (black keys perform muted
strums).
Add-on keys
Strum
Muted strum
I II 4 3 2 1
C1
Bass
Chord detect
(bass play)
String keys
Controls
Chord position - selects the melodic position range for the built chords.
Add-on string keys:
•
Unison - doubles some strings for making performance easier: C#5 - Bass II, D# 5 - 4th
string, F#5 - 2nd string, G#5, A#5, B5, C6 - 1st string.
•
Chromatic - sets the Add-on string keys to play notes one semi-tone down from their
respective string voices: C#5 - a semi-tone down from Bass II, D#5 – a semi-tone down
from 4th string, F#5 - a semi-tone down from 2nd string, G#5 - a semi-tone down from 1st
string; however A#5 - C6 add a semi-tone each to the sound of 1st string.
Chord/Bass – switches on the X/Y chord detect mode letting you construct major/minor triad
chords with any desirable note in the Bass.
Alter Bass - automatically alternates between Bass I and Bass II when the same chord is taken in
the Main zone.
Bass Mono - mutes Bass I note when the next Bass II is played.
Velocity Switch Effects
There is a number of guitar effects automatically triggered by note velocity values employed in
RealGuitar:
•
Slow Strum on Higher Velo - in all chordal modes you can set a velocity value, after which
the program will perform slow strum when playing a chord in the Main zone
•
Slow Strum on Lower Velo - in the same way you can set a velocity value below which the
program will perform slow strum when playing a chord in the Main zone
• Slide up - slides up to taken note(s)
• Slide down - slides down from taken note(s)
• Bend - bends to the taken note(s) (Solo mode)
• Reverse Bend - pre-bend and release to taken note(s) (Solo mode)
• VeloMute - notes played with lower velocity values trigger muted sound (Solo mode)
You can set the following independent parameters for each effect:
•
Velocity (threshold)
•
Time (effect duration)
• Steps (range in semi-tones)
MIDI Controllers pane
Velo curve – select the output velocity curve for your performance by pressing one of 4 buttons
You can assign various guitar effects to standard MIDI controllers:
•
P.B (Pitch Bender) - Pitch, Slide, MonoBend (Solo mode)
•
M.W. (Modulation Wheel) - Pitch, Slide, Modulation, MonoBend (Solo mode)
•
A.T. (After Touch) - Pitch, Modulation
In the combo box to the right adjust the range of the effect (in semi-tones).
Modulation envelope is adjusted in Setup window.
Main Controls
Setup
Pitch - adjust the master pitch:
•
Coarse (+/-12 semitones)
•
Fine (+/-100 cents)
Modulation - adjust the modulation envelope affected by Modulation controller (MIDI CC):
•
Depth (0-100%)
•
Freq (0.2 – 8.0 Hz)
Chord Detect time (0-50ms) -set the suitable delay for detecting chords taken in chord modes
Keyboard range (C1-C3/C4/C5/C6) - set the range of your keyboard
Display chords (#/b) - select sharps or flats for the chord names
Reset - resets all modified parameters in all modes to their factory values
Quick Load - with Quick Load button pressed samples are not fully loaded to RealGuitar that
allows to instantly load guitar patches and drastically save RAM.
RnC button - switches on a special mode allowing the direct access for Rhythm'n'Chords MFX
plug-in to RealGuitar multi-sample architecture (available only for Cakewalk/Sonar users).
Master
Volume (+/-10db) – adjust output volume
EQ - adjust internal equalizer parameters:
• High (+/- 10db)
• Low (+/- 10db)
Mixer
2 mixers allow to adjust the volume of various noise effects and additional sounds that form the
modeled guitar sound.
Noises:
•
Fret - volume and on/off of a fret noise
•
Release - volume and on/off of a release noise
•
Pick/Body - volume and on/off of additional pick and guitar body noises
Sounds:
•
Muted – volume of muted sound triggered by Repeat zone keys
•
Slow Strum – volume of Slow Strum sound (Velocity switch FX in Chordal modes)
•
Switch FX – volume of additional sounds (Key/Pedal switch FX in Solo mode)
Sound Effects
1. Tremolo - adjust stereo tremolo parameters:
•
Depth (0-10%)
•
Freq (0.2-12 Hz)
2. Chorus – adjust stereo chorus parameters:
•
Level (0-100)
•
Freq 1 (0.1-6.0 Hz)
•
Depth 1 (0-100%)
•
Depth 2 (0-15)
Common
Hold (on/off) - actually substitutes the Sustain Pedal in all modes, except for the Solo.
In Solo mode when Hold button is on, any pressed and held key in the Main zone can be used for
sustaining the following notes.
Strum time (20-60ms) - adjusts the time between the notes played in the strumming chords
(Harmony, Chords, and Bass & Chord modes) as well as delay for more than one note played
simultaneously in Solo and Bass & Pick modes.
Release time (50-200%) - adjusts how long the note sounds after releasing the key (MIDI note
end).
Auto (on/off) - toggles between Auto and Manual mode of Floating Fret Position. Auto works only
in melodic modes (Solo, Harmony). Manual mode allows to change the fret position by rightclicking on the Fretboard.
Accent (0-127) - adjusts the velocity threshold between soft and hard performance dynamics
Alter samples (1-5) - provides 5 positions of randomly alternating samples while performing
repetitive notes (position 1 provides up to 3 different samples, while position 5 provides up
to 10 ones).
Direct - this button turns RealGuitar into plain guitar sampler, allowing you to play samples
directly from keyboard with all intellectual features turned off, having previously selected the
respective MIDI channel in the track.
Pattern - switches on a Pattern playing mode. Note, with Pattern button pressed you will not hear
any sound while playing in the Main zone. Only Repeat zone keys/notes can produce sound in
pattern mode.
PM - opens Pattern Manager window (available only in RealGuitar 2L version).
Chord Map
RealGuitar can detect 26 chord types.
The following chart lists the available chord types and the degrees unnecessary for chord detection
that you can omit while entering chords.
Chord type
Can be omitted
C
V, III
C6
Cadd9
Csus4
Cmaj7
V, V+III
Cmaj7(b5)
Cmaj7(#5)
Cm
V
Cm6
Cm(add9)
Cm7
V
Cm(maj7)
V
Cm7(b5)
III,
Cm9
V
C7
V, III+V
C7sus4
C7(b5)
C7(#5)
C9
V
C9sus4
V
C7(b9)
V
C7(#9)
V
C9(b5)
C7(add13)
V
Cdim7
III, VII, III+VII
Caug
All chords except for ma6 and min6 are detected in all inversions and note combinations.
C
C6
Cadd9
Csus4
Cmaj7
Cmaj7(b5)
Cmaj7(#5)
Cm
Cm6
Cm(add9)
Cm7
Cm(maj7)
Cm7(b5)
Cm9
C7
C7sus4
C7(b5)
C7(#5)
C9
C9sus4
C7(b9)
C7(#9)
C9(b5)
C7(add13)
Cdim7
Caug
1-note chord detect system also included:
C7
- obligatory
- can be omitted
Cm
Cm7
Using RG Rhythm Pattern Library and Pattern Manager (available
only in RealGuitar 2L version)
RG Rhythm Pattern Library is a unique collection of 1250 guitar accompaniment rhythm patterns
classified by various musical categories, such as meter, music style, guitar technique, rhythmic feel,
tempo range.
Using the prerecorded rhythm patterns of RG Pattern Library you can quickly create professionally
sounding guitar accompaniment tracks for your songs. Then all you have to do is to choose the
appropriate pattern(s) in RealGuitar Pattern Manager, copy them to your host sequencer's MIDI
track, start sequencer and play chord changes on a MIDI keyboard, or alternatively enter chords to a
MIDI track using sequencer's editor.
To better understand how you can use rhythm patterns with RealGuitar check pattern demo MIDI
files included with the installation folder (By default: C:/Program Files/MusicLab/RealGuitar2/RG
Pattern Demos).
Pattern Manager
RealGuitar 2L is equipped with powerful multi-functional built-in Pattern Manager allowing to
easily audition rhythm patterns of RG Pattern Library, quickly find the ones matching your musical
needs, as well as drag'n'drop/export the chosen patterns directly to the host's MIDI track to use with
your song.
Pattern Manager Window
Launch RealGuitar, load guitar patch, and select any of the chordal modes (Chord, Bass&Chord, or
Bass&Pick) by pressing the appropriate mode button. Note, that you can use rhythm patterns with
all performance modes, the mode selection depends on what harmonic part you want to play with
the rhythm patterns:
- Select Chords, Bass&Chord, Bass&Pick modes for automatically constructed guitar chords
- Select Harmony mode to perform intervals with strumming patterns
- Select Solo mode to perform your own chords with strumming or picking patterns
Click PM button to open Pattern Manager window. Press Pattern button to activate RealGuitar
pattern playing mode:
Finding Pattern in RG Pattern Library
Rhythm patterns are organized within Pattern Library tree view by Category folders and Style
subfolders including sets of MIDI patterns. The name of each folder/subfolder contains short
musical information helping you to quickly find patterns matching your song.
For instance:
Category name - Basic Strumming:
- includes a number of guitar strumming Styles
Style name - 4'4_Basic_S_8th_90-250:
- contains Basic style rhythm patterns in 4'4 meter (_4'4_Basic_) featuring strumming technique
(_S_) and 8th note rhythm feel (_8th_), usable within the 90-250 bpm tempo range (_90-250).
Library Tree view. Style folder
To read the details about RG Pattern library right-click on Pattern Library root folder, and select
View Info item in pop up menu.
To read the additional information about Styles included with the Category right-click on Category
folder and select View Info item in pop up menu:
Selecting Category and Style
To find the appropriate pattern set in Pattern Library tree view choose Category folder and click '+'
below the folder to get access to the included Styles. Click the appropriate Style folder to load the
available pattern set to Pattern List pane.
Pattern List
All patterns of RG Pattern Library have unique names containing brief information as well, so you
can easily identify them when using outside the Style folder.
For instance:
Pattern name - S13_Basic_4'4
- indicates strumming technique used (S), pattern number (13_), and Style name (Basic_4'4)
Selecting pattern
Click on pattern name in the list to select it - pattern rhythmic contents will appear in Pattern view
and it is ready to play.
Pattern view graphically presents measures/beats as well as guitar 'Strokes' used in the current
rhythm pattern. Differently colored 'Piano Roll' type bars and their vertical position allow to easily
identify the stroke types: green bars present Full strums, red ones present Muted strums, blue ones
present Slow strums, light green bars present Top strums, brown ones present individual 'string'
picks (up strums bars of the same stroke type are in higher position than down strums):
Strumming Pattern
Picking Pattern
Auditioning Pattern
Host sequencer in stop mode (or RealGuitar in standalone run)
Press chord on your MIDI keyboard to trigger pattern playback that will be visualized by position
cursor moving along the Pattern view. Pattern will perform your chord(s) until you release the keys.
Pattern stops when you release the keys and starts from the beginning when you press chord again.
Pattern will continue playing if you change chords legato way (if at least one key is constantly
pressed)
Press Hold button or Sustain Pedal to turn pattern playback to 'Latch' mode - in that case pattern
will continue playing the last chord even if you release all chord keys.
Host sequencer in playback mode
Start your host sequencer. Now pattern will 'silently' follow host's playback until you press chord on
a MIDI keyboard (or alternatively insert chord changes to MIDI track). Releasing chord keys mutes
the performance. Pressing chord again will continue pattern playing.
Press Hold button or Sustain Pedal to turn pattern playback to 'Latch' mode - in that case pattern
will continue playing the last chord even if you release all chord keys.
Note, that using sequencer in playback mode allows you to easily choose pattern(s) for your song
by previously entering chords to a MIDI track and selecting patterns in Pattern Manager 'on the fly'
along with the song.
Controlling pattern playback
Dynamics control
Pattern Manager has powerful real time velocity control options allowing to drastically change
pattern performance:
‘+’/’-‘ - add/reduce velocity
Chord - check to apply velocity of trigger chord to pattern dynamics (+/- velocity)
P.B.
- check to assign +/- velocity to Pitch Bender controller for continuous dynamics changes
Random (velocity):
•
on/off – check to switch randomization on
•
+velo - maximum deviation range
•
-velo - minimum deviation range
•
strength (%) - sensitivity of randomization, at 100% all pattern notes will be randomized
Tempo Control
Pattern Manager takes tempo value from the host sequencer, but you can make it twice lower or
higher by simply selecting the appropriate item in Tempo combo box:
Bypass Mode
In case you use host's MIDI track for playing rhythm pattern to RealGuitar you must press Bypass
button to disable pattern loaded to Pattern Manager, or else both will play simultaneously. In
Bypass mode Pattern view is grayed out, showing that pattern will not play.
Transferring Pattern to host's MIDI Track
If you want to use more than one rhythm pattern for your song you have to copy the chosen patterns
from Pattern Manager to MIDI track of your host sequencer. There are two ways to do that:
Drag'n'Drop Pattern
The simplest way to copy pattern to MIDI track is to drag'n'drop the selected pattern directly from
Pattern view. To do this click on Pattern view and drag the pattern to the needed measure of a MIDI
track.
You can automatically multiply pattern by the appropriate number of cycles if you previously set
the desired number of repetitions in D’n’D Repeat box:
Note. Velo+ and Random parameters will be also applied to the exported pattern (MIDI file).
Import Pattern to MIDI Track
If your host doesn't support drag'n'drop MIDI data you can previously drag out pattern from Pattern
view directly to Windows – it will be exported as a Standard MIDI file, and then import it to your
sequencer. In Mac version: right-click on Pattern view and select 'Export to Desktop' in pop up
menu.
Alternatively you can import pattern right from RealGuitar installation folder (by default:
C:/Program Files/MusicLab/RealGuitar2/Loops/Pattern Library), but in that case you get single
original pattern and you have to multiply it manually in a MIDI track of your host.
Using Rhythm Patterns in a MIDI Track
When the appropriate rhythm patterns for your song parts are successfully found in Pattern Manager
and copied to the host's MIDI track you must disable Pattern Manager by pressing Bypass button
and work with pattern MIDI track only (or else pattern loaded to Pattern Manager will play
simultaneously with pattern from the track). Check also that Pattern (‘Silent’ mode) button is
pressed.
There are two ways of creating guitar part with the help of rhythm patterns playing from MIDI track
to RealGuitar: real-time and non real-time methods.
1. Non real-time method
•
Create MIDI track for chords, output it to RealGuitar, and enter chord changes for you
guitar part (step record chords from your MIDI keyboard or manually enter notes via
sequencer’s editor)
•
Start your sequencer to listen to the ready part.
2. Real-time method
•
Create MIDI track for chords, output it to RealGuitar
•
Start sequencer and play/record chord changes to RealGuitar from your MIDI keyboard
Real-time method is more intuitive and allows to control pattern playback adding various
expressive adjustments to the performance.
Controlling pattern playback
You can control pattern playing from MIDI track with the help of chords played on a MIDI
keyboard by pressing and releasing keys, using Hold button (Sustain Pedal), and also by triggering
Slow Strum (Velocity Switch FX).
Hold button (Sustain Pedal)
With Hold button unpressed pattern will play only while you are holding the chord on your MIDI
keyboard, and it will be muted when you release the keys. This allows you to play guitar pattern
here and there along with the song. With Hold button (or Sustain Pedal) pressed pattern will
continue playing even if you release the keys.
Slow Strum
Use Slow Strum velocity switch FX to add syncopes and accents to pattern playback:
•
Temporarily mute pattern by triggering Slow Strum (the time window can be adjusted by
'SlowZone' Automation parameter)
•
Completely stop pattern by triggering Slow Strum and quickly releasing the keys (to stop
Slow Strum sound press the Mute key (Black) of the left Repeat zone). To continue pattern
playback press the chord again.
Note. With Hold button (Sustain Pedal) pressed you can't completely stop pattern by triggering
Slow Strum and releasing the keys.
Creating Custom Styles for Pattern Library
Organizing Existing Patterns in Custom Styles
You can create your own pattern sets by copying the favorite patterns taken from the RG Pattern
Library and organizing them as custom Styles within Library tree view for future use:
-
Select pattern you are going to copy to your new Style - it will appear in Pattern view
-
Right-click on a Category folder or Style subfolder of the Tree view and select Add Style in
pop up menu. Name the newly created empty folder (the Pattern List pane will be empty)
-
Press 'Add' button under Pattern List pane to copy the current pattern to your new Style
folder
-
Find and audition other patterns, and copy them one by one to the new Style using the same
method
You can also delete/rename Style folders by right-clicking on it and selecting the appropriate item
in pop up menu.
Creating Custom Patterns
RealGuitar rhythm patterns are single track Standard MIDI files (SMF format 0) recorded with
special RG Stroke Map notes, so advanced users can edit the existing patterns or create their own
patterns from scratch in the host's MIDI track, and then save/export them as SMF directly to RG
Pattern Library folder for future use (C:\Program Files\MusicLab\RealGuitar2\Loops).
Guitar Stroke Map incorporated in RealGuitar allows to use up to 22 MIDI notes in the lowest
octave range (from C#-2 to A#-1) for emulating a number of guitar techniques (Strokes) within a
MIDI rhythm pattern. So you can use the Stroke Map notes for creating your own rhythm patterns
including various guitar 'Strokes', such as chord strums (up/down), slow strums (up/down),
individual string picks, bass note pick, muted strums (up/down), chord slides (using chromatic
strums), etc.
RealGuitar Stroke Map
Note #
22
21
20
19
18
17
16
15
Note name
A#-1
A -1
G#-1
G -1
F#-1
F -1
E -1
D#-1
Stroke name
"Slow Upstrum"
"Slow Downstrum"
"Muted Upstrum"
"Muted Downstrum"
"Full Upstrum"
"Full Downstrum"
"Full Downstrum 1 semi-tone lower"
"Full Downstrum 2 semi-tones lower"
14
13
12
11
10
09
08
07
06
05
04
03
02
01
00
D -1
C#-1
C -1
B -2
A#-2
A -2
G#-2
G -2
F#-2
F -2
E -2
D#-2
D -2
C#-2
"Full Downstrum 3 semi-tones lower"
"1st string"
"2nd string"
"3rd string"
"4th string"
"Bass I"
"Bass II"
"Muted Top Upstrum"
"Muted Top Downstrum"
"Top Upstrum"
"Top Downstrum"
"Top Downstrum 1 semi-tone lower"
"Top Downstrum 2 semi-tones lower"
"Top Downstrum 3 semi-tones lower"
Top strum - strum on the 3-4 higher strings (Bass strings omitted)
Parameter Automation MIDI CC and VST Map
RealGuitar
MIDI CC #
VST name
Master
Volume
EQ, High
EQ, Low
7
29
30
Volume
EQ-High
EQ-Low
Setup
Pitch, Coarse
Pitch, Fine Tune
Modulation, Depth
Modulation, Freq
12
13
14
15
PtchCrse
PtchFine
ModDepth
ModFreq
Sound Mixers
Mixer_Muted_sound, Volume
Mixer_Slow_Strum, Volume
Mixer_Key_switch_FX, Volume
Mixer_FretNoise, on/off,
Mixer_FretNoise, Volume
Mixer_ReleaseNoise, on/off
Mixer_ReleaseNoise, Volume
Mixer_Pick/BodyNoise, on/off
Mixer_Pick/BodyNoise, Volume
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
MxMuted
MxSlStrm
MxKeyFx
MxFrtN_
MxFrtNse
MxRelN_
MxRelNse
MxPckB_
MxPckBdy
Sound Effects
FX_Tremolo, on/off
FX_Tremolo_Depth
FX_Tremolo_Freq
FX_Chorus, on/off
FX_Chorus_Level
FX_Chorus_Depth
FX_Chorus_Freq
FX_Chorus_Depth2
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
MxTremol
TremDpth
TremFreq
MxChorus
ChLevel
ChDepth1
ChFreq1
ChDepth2
Common
Alter_sample, mode
Accent_Threshold
Performance_Mode, select
Release_Time
Strum_Time
Fret_Position, select
Auto_Fret_Position, on/off
Hold, on/off
52
53
54
55
56
78
79
64
AltSmple
VelThrsh
Mode
RlseTime
StrmTime
FretPos
AutoFret
Hold
Controllers
Pitch_Bender, Mode
57
PBMode
PBender_to_Slide, Range
PBender_to_Pitch, Range
Modulation_Wheel, Mode
ModWheel_to_Slide, Range
ModWheel_to_Pitch, Range
Aftertouch, Mode
Aftertouch_to_Pitch, Range
Velocity_Curve, select
58
59
60
61
62
75
76
77
PBSldRng
PBPtcRng
WhMode
WhSldRng
WhPtcRng
AtchMode
AtchRng
VelCurve
Velocity Switch FX
Velo_Switch_Slide_mode, select
VelSw_SlideUp, Velo
VelSw_SlideUp, Steps
VelSw_SlideUp, Time
VelSw_SlideDown, Velo
VelSw_SlideDown, Steps
VelSw_SlideDown, Time
VelSw_Bend_mode, select
VelSw_Bend, Velo
VelSw_Bend, Steps
VelSw_Bend, Time
VelSw_ReverseBend, Velo
VelSw_ReverseBend, Steps
VelSw_ReverseBend, Time
VelSw_VeloMute, select
VelSw_VeloMute, Velo
Slow_Strum_on_high_velo, select
Slow_Strum_HighVel, Velo
Slow_Strum_HighVel, Speed
Slow_Strum_on_low_velo, select
Slow_Strum_LowVel, Velo
Slow_Strum_LowVel, Speed
85
86
87
88
89
90
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
72
73
112
113
114
115
116
117
VelSlide
SldUpVel
SldUpStp
SldUpTim
SldDnVel
SldDnStp
SldDnTim
VelBend
BendVel
BendStep
BendTime
RBendVel
RBendStp
RBendTim
VeloMute
VMuteVel
SlStrmHi
SlStrHVe
SlStrHSp
SlStrLow
SlStrLVe
SlStrLSp
Mode Controls
Chord Position, select
Chords/Bass, on/off
Alter_Bass, on/off
Bass_Mono, on/off
Chords_Strings, Upper, select
Chords_Strings, Lower, select
Bass&Chord_mode_Strings#, select
Harmony_Mode_Interval, select
Solo_FX_HammerOn, select
Solo_FX_HammerOn, Steps
Solo_FX_Slide, select
Solo_FX_Slide, Steps
Solo_FX_Slide, Time
Solo_BassZone, on/off
Solo_BassZone, range
Solo_KeySwFX_C1, select
111
80
118
119
6
3
9
31
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
65
ChordPos
ChrdBass
ChdAltBs
ChdMnoBs
ChdStrU
ChdStrL
BnCStr#
HrmIntr1
SolFxHO
HOSteps
SolFXSld
SldSteps
SldTime
BassZone
BassRang
KeySWC1
Solo_KeySwFX_C#1, select
Solo_KeySwFX_D1, select
Solo_KeySwFX_D#1, select
Solo_PedalSwFX, select
Slow Strum time zone (Ptrn. mode)
Pattern_mode_switch
67
68
70
71
120
110
KeySWC#1
KeySWD1
KeySWD#1
PedalSw
Slowzone
Pattern
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