Steinberg announces Virtual Guitarist 2

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Latest version of Steinberg’s renowned Virtual Guitarist VSTi presented at Winter NAMM 2006

Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today presented the new version of its renowned Virtual Guitarist software product at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Offering a full 6.8 GB of authentic, editable riffs, parts and licks in 88 musical styles, Virtual Guitarist 2 offers a complete computer-based instrument that creates astoundingly realistic electric and acoustic rhythm guitar parts from scratch. Superseding both predecessor Virtual Guitarist and Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition versions, Virtual Guitarist 2 is shipping February 2006 for Mac OSX and Windows XP.

“Virtual Guitarist 2 represents the peak of technology in the computer generation of guitar parts,” says Helge Vogt, Steinberg’s Product Manager for Virtual Instruments. “It not only plays totally realistic guitar parts in any of 88 musical styles, but because all the parts are fully editable you can actually tell this guitarist exactly what, when and how to play,” Vogt continues.

Among the highlights in the new version is the drastically expanded audio library. Virtual Guitarist 2 ships with an impressive 6.8 GB of high-quality library consisting of meticulously recorded performances by top studio guitarists. Including the entire content of both Virtual Guitarist and Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition and adding a wealth of new top quality content, Virtual Guitarist 2 offers a staggering total of nearly 1100 different parts across 88 styles including pop, rock, metal, reggae and country to name but a few.

The new Part Editor allows full editing control over every single Virtual Guitarist 2 phrase. Each chord is broken up into slices, which the user can manipulate as desired. Each slice can be transposed to new note or moved around rhythmically within the part to provide almost limitless new possibilities in creating licks and grooves, that move and groove exactly as desired. GrooveMatch technology allows parts to be moulded to any drum loop or file, including Steinberg’s Groove Agent 2 virtual drummer product.

Virtual Guitarist 2 also ships with an impressive range of virtual stomp box effects that have been painstakingly modelled to recreate effects like tube saturation, wah, flanger, distortion and many more. The new amp modelling section recreates the sound of both modern and vintage guitar amps, as well as microphone type and positioning.

Virtual Guitarist 2 includes 32 brand new styles plus all 56 styles of Virtual Guitarist and Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition. The new Part Editor allows full editing control over every single Virtual Guitarist 2 phrase and provides almost limitless new possibilities in creating new riffs and grooves. Steinberg’s new rhythm guitarist also comes with high-quality new stomp box effects and amps, GrooveMatch technology, MIDI learn function and lot’s of workflow enhancements.

Virtual Guitarist 2 is the latest member of Steinberg’s Virtual Musician range of products and gives computer-based producers and composers’ invaluable tools for generating great acoustic and electric rhythm guitar tracks from scratch, including all keys and difficult chords. Steinberg has produced nothing less than the perfect rhythm guitarist: always in tune, always on time and ready to play almost every conceivable musical genre.

* Absolutely authentic and professional sound – all Virtual Guitarist 2 parts and styles are based on real performances by top studio Guitarists.
* Vast range of styles suit any present musical style
* Excellent audio quality - all recordings were engineered on finest analog gear
* Fast and easy to use - playing Virtual Guitarist 2 is just as easy as playing the keys on your MIDI keyboard!
* GrooveMatch technology allows for adapting all guitar lines to any existing groove
* Amp Models and high-quality virtual stomp box effects make VG2 an unequalled tool for creating professional guitar sounds from scratch (/FX section also provided as separate FX plug-in)
* Compatible to any VST, DXi, AU or ReWire host application under OSX and PC.

New Features in Virtual Guitarist 2:

* New styles
32 brand new styles plus 56 classics from Virtual Guitarist and “Electric Edition” to suit any present musical style. The new styles have been played by internationally renowned musicians.
* More content
6.8 GB of high-end guitar recordings, including all the styles of Virtual Guitarist 1 and the “Electric Edition”
* New Part Editor
The new Part Editor allows in-deep editing of any Part of all Virtual Guitarist 2 Styles - now you can move, delete, mute and transpose each slice of a Part!
* Groove Match Technology
GrooveMatch technology allows for adapting all guitar lines to any existing groove.
* Amp models
Three Amp models, four speaker models with selection of mic type and position, guitar specific EQ.
* Stomp box effects
Virtual Guitarist 2 includes are a range of classic guitar effects such as Wah, Compressor, Fuzz, Tremolo, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Reverb and Delay.
* MIDI Learn
MIDI Learn is now supported for most editing knobs.
* New formats
Virtual Guitarist 2 now supports all major formats: VST, DXi, AU + Rewire for easy Pro Tools® Integration. Standalone version with multiple-out support included.