Before we look at things in more depth, let’s first explore how to play Virtual Guitarist CARBON, as that may be all you need for now.
Let’s go through the various playing modes and how you can use them:
- By default, Virtual Guitarist CARBON is set to Player Mode.
- When you press keys from F#3 upwards, Virtual Guitarist CARBON will start playing a phrase with the notes you hold on the keyboard. When you release the key(s), playback will stop.
- MIDI notes below F3 don’t represent musical keys but select the phrases of your player in real-time. This is a powerful way of making your performance interesting and dynamic.
- Switch between Single and Chords mode and try how the first is optimized for melodic riffs, while the latter lets you play anything from melodies to four-voice chords, yet without applying melody playing techniques such as slides.
When using a keyboard, combine left hand (phrase select) and right hand (notes) to build your performance.
- By switching to Instrument Mode, you turn Virtual Guitarist into a Virtual Guitar, i.e. you can play it like an instrument, note for note. The interactive keyboard will display different options now:
- The left range of the keyboard lets you choose not phrases but articulations. Play a few notes while with the left hand selecting keys between F2 and C3, and recognize how notes change from dead notes to mutes to sustains as you move up the keyboard.
- “Black” keys (not really black on our sleek on-screen keyboard) trigger special functions like Ends or Shreds.
- The keys A3, B3 and C3 play note repetitions in various resolutions.
If you know these things and can switch presets, you know all you need to start producing with Virtual Guitarist CARBON.
*C3 is middle C. The MIDI note number is 60. Some DAWs refer to it as C4.