Using MIDI Learn, you can assign Virtual Guitarist IRON controls to controls on your hardware keyboard that send MIDI controller data. To assign a control, you usually right-click or ctrl-click a control in Virtual Guitarist IRON to open the MIDI Learn context menu of your DAW.
MIDI Learn Menu in Logic
All controls in Virtual Guitarist IRON can be automated. In combination with the phrase select keys this is actually a very powerful way of creating more dynamic performances. For example, automate Thrust and Drive with faders to create dynamic transitions, or switch-automate Amp or Doubling to drastically change the sound between song parts.
For instructions on how to activate Virtual Guitarist IRON parameters for automation, please refer to your DAWs user guide.
Unless you add more using MIDI Learn, Virtual Guitarist IRON supports the following MIDI controllers:
The Pitchbend controller (usually a wheel) lets you vary the pitch of Virtual Guitarist IRON by ±2 semitones.
Palm Muting is a powerful method for live-controlling the phrasing of Electric Guitarist - Power Chords.
The Modulation controller (usually a wheel) controls the Palm Muting that your guitarist applies to the performance. In the Modulation Wheel’s default position, no Palm Muting is applied. The further you turn it up, the shorter the notes will become. The maximum position of the Mod Wheel produces so-called “dead notes”. You can add Palm Muting after the fact by recording a separate Mod Wheel performance on top of your notes.
Aftertouch lets you realtime-control Thrust. Pressing the key harder has the same effect as turning up the Thrust knob.
The Expression Controller is applied individually to each strum in a phrase, so the volume of the previous step that is still playing is not affected. This can be useful for fine-tuning performances.
Note that velocity is not used to control volume, as it is difficult to play all notes of a chord with consistent velocity.
The Sustain pedal replicates the Latch control, so you can use it as an additional way of varying phrases in real-time. Pressing the Sustain Pedal activates latching of chord notes. Releasing the Sustain Pedal releases any latched chord notes even if the Latch button is on.
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