Virtual Guitarist CARBON can perform either as a guitar player or as a guitar instrument, and you can switch between those two at any time.
- In PLAYER Mode, you can play notes and select phrases and this way control the performance of the built-in guitar player.
- In INSTRUMENT Mode, Virtual Guitarist CARBON emulates a guitar instrument that you can play on your MIDI keyboard.
Note that the Interactive Keyboard and its MIDI note assignments are very different in INSTRUMENT and PLAYER mode. Also, certain parameters such Micro Timing are only needed in PLAYER Mode and therefore hidden in INSTRUMENT mode to avoid clutter and confusion.
Which mode for what?
- Player Mode: Use this mode when you want to enjoy the super-realistic performance of a real guitar player with very simple input from yourself. Here, you control Virtual Guitarist CARBON using notes – e.g. from a piano track or by just holding keys, and you create a vivid, real performance switching phrases in the Common or Style areas of the Interactive Keyboard.
- Instrument Mode: This mode is perfect if you are a prolific keyboard player and want to play the guitar live, or if you just want to throw in a riff or note here and there.
The Interactive Keyboard is both a display of received MIDI notes and an actually functional on-screen keyboard – with the only exception that notes you play on the Interactive Keyboard are not recorded into your DAW.
The layout and functionality of the Interactive Keyboard changes between PLAYER and INSTRUMENT modes as shown below.
Interactive Keyboard in PLAYER Mode
Interactive Keyboard in INSTRUMENT Mode
Pitch and Finisher controller
The two controllers representing the standard wheels on a MIDI Keyboard behave identical in both modes, so we’ll cover them here.
Pitch and Finisher Display
The Pitchbend Controller or Pitch Wheel allows you to detune CARBON by a whole tone up or down. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
The Modulation Controller or Modwheel always remote-controls the Finisher Knob. Although you can theoretically assign it to any MIDI controller, we hard-wired this connection because the Finisher is such an integral part of CARBON.
Make sure you try the Modwheel extensively on every Finisher preset to explore the possibilities!