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2GB+ RAM, 5GB+ free hard drive space
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RealLPC is a virtual guitar instrument plug-in which aims to bring the incomparable Les Paul Custom Guitar sound to your studio, virtually.

Gibson's Les Paul Custom, a higher end variation of the Gibson Les Paul guitar has been used by the majority of world famous musicians, spanning generations and genres, such as Wes Montgomery, Al Di Meola, Pat Metheny, Chuck Berry, Jeff Back, Peter Frampton, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, B.B.King, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Gary Moore, Eddie Van Halen, Lenny Kravitz, and many others.

RealLPC is a sample-based virtual instrument with an innovative approach to guitar sound modeling and guitar techniques emulating on a standard MIDI keyboard. RealLPC provides "incredible" playability based on the unique performance modes and easy-to-use keyboard layout as well as the advanced key/pedal/velocity switch system allowing a keyboardist to perform guitar parts with a whole new level of realistic expression. RealLPC covers practically all sounds, articulations, and techniques a professional guitarist can produce on their Les Paul, including mute, bridge mute, harmonics, pinch harmonics, unison bend, strumming, picking, chord chopping, scrapes, and much more.

High quality dry samples recorded directly from Les Paul Custom pick-ups let you easily create any desired guitar sound using your favourite amplifier simulator.

RealLPC innovations:

  • Multi-channel Layering Technology: incorporating a custom library of specially recorded samples taken from every fret of all 6 strings of a real guitar.
  • Unique Floating Fret Position Technology: imitates change of fret position of a guitarist's hand on the neck. This gives you the possibility of playing on up to 140 guitar frets using just 46 keys of a standard keyboard.
  • Guitar Touch Technology: letting you easily imitate basic guitar techniques (strumming, plucking, sliding, bending, muting, etc.), using standard MIDI keyboard and MIDI controllers, such as Pitch Bender, Modulation Wheel, Sustain Pedal, Aftertouch, etc.
  • Sound Humanize Technology: allowing to wholly reduce 'machine gun' effect on note repetition (tremolo, strumming, plucking, etc.).

RealLPC is equipped with powerful Pattern Manager containing the complete MusicLab Guitar Pattern Library for easily creating guitar accompaniment tracks. All you have to do is to find the appropriate rhythm pattern[s] in the Pattern Manager tree view, copy it to the needed number of measures, start your sequencer and use MIDI keyboard to play chord changes, or alternatively add chords to a MIDI track via sequencer's editor.

RealLPC Features

Performance modes:

  • Solo, Harmony, Chords, Bass&Chord, Bass&Pick, Direct.


  • Full length (recorded with full attack and sustain).
  • Muted (fret hand mute).
  • Bridge Mute (palm mute).
  • Harmonics (Artificial).
  • Pinch Harmonics.
  • Scrapes.
  • Pick position select (15 points).
  • Pick Noise (adjustable level).
  • Fret Noise (auto).
  • Release Noise (auto).


  • Up/Down strokes.
  • Hammer-On (up to octave range).
  • Pull-Off (up to octave range).
  • Hammer-On with Pull-Off on key release (up to octave range).
  • Legato.
  • Slide Legato Up/Down (up to octave range).
  • Slide Auto Up/Down (up to 2-octave range, speed adjustable).
  • Tremolo (up/down strokes, speed adjustable, tempo sync).
  • Trill (up to octave range, speed adjustable, tempo sync).
  • Bend auto (range, speed adjustable).
  • Reverse Bend auto (range, speed adjustable).
  • MonoBend (Unison Bend, lower string bend).
  • Intervals (4th, 5th, Octave, 2 Octaves, Power Chords, etc.).
  • Strums Up/Down.
  • Muted Strums Up/Down.
  • Slow Strums Up/Down.
  • Chucka-Chucka (barre chords muted) Up/Down, various string combinations.
  • Strum Speed adjustable.
  • Strum layers (string groups) control.
  • Number of strings used in strums adjustable.


  • Violining (volume swell).
  • Sustainer (sound swell).
  • FeedBacker (harmonic feedback).
  • Wah-Wah (MIDI CC control, Auto, Modulation).

Key Switches (Solo mode) :

  • 30 FXs assignable on 33 Keys.
  • Toggle/temporary switch modes.
  • Custom Key Switch presets (save/load).

Chord detect/construct system:

  • 1-4 note piano chords to 6-voice guitar chords real-time translation.
  • 26 chord types recognition, including 7th, 9th and altered chords, played in any inversion and voicing.
  • 4 chord positions along the fretboard.
  • Slash Bass Chords option - allows to perform major/minor triads with any note in the bass.
  • About 2000 instant guitar chord shapes.

Pattern Manager:

  • Built-in multi-functional Pattern Manager letting you in no time create professionally sounding guitar accompaniment tracks.
  • MusicLab Guitar Pattern Library (1250 rhythm patterns covering a wide range of music styles).
  • Pattern Tree view, allowing to find/select rhythm patterns right from RealLPC.
  • Pattern view, graphically presenting guitar 'Strokes' contained in the current rhythm pattern.
  • Auditioning selected pattern by simply pressing chord on the external keyboard without starting your host sequencer.
  • Total synchronization with host's tempo, start/stop, beats, loop, time signature.
  • Drag'n'Drop selected pattern from Pattern window right to your host's MIDI track.
  • Real time pattern arranging (dramatic changing pattern performance on the fly):
    • Add/reduce dynamics (velo+).
    • Randomize dynamics.
    • Apply velocity of trigger chord to pattern dynamics.
    • Continuous dynamics changes (+/- velocity assigned to Pitch Bender controller).

Bonus Software: RealLPC (downloadable and retail) ships with IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop software, a special limited version of AmpliTube 3, IK's complete guitar amp modeling solution.

User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 reviewAdd A Review

Reviewed By Epidural
January 25, 2010

RealLPC is simply the best virtual guitar available in my opinion. It is pretty much identical to RealStrat (in case you own or have tried that one), except of course, the samples are recorded from a Les Paul Custom. There are a great many articulations (ie. Hammerons, Pulloffs, Pinch-Harmonics, Bridge-Mutes etc...), performance triggers (ie. Slides, Trills, Tremolo etc...), and the ability to create a custom keyswitch arrangement in order to trigger them.

I find it sounds much better than Realstrat (but that's a matter of personal taste). In particular, the bridge-mutes sound much more realistic, especially for rock-style playing.

The size of the application is surprisingly small considering all the options that are included, but that is because it combines samples with a lot of midi trickery. For example, there are no sampled chords; While chords can be triggered in "Chord Mode", the chords are combinations of individually-sampled notes. This obviously makes the library much smaller than it would be if all possible chords were sampled. One would think that sampled chords would sound much more realistic than chords comprised of individual notes combined, but RealLPC's chords sound very real. This is because the program doesn't just play individual notes at the same time to create a chord, it staggers the timing of the individual notes in order to simulate the effect of a pick strumming across the strings. In fact, the speed of the strum can be customized so that the chord can be strummed at any speed you like. There are adjustable pick noises as well. So while the sample-set is considerably smaller than some of the competing sample-libraries, there is considerable midi-magic used in order to compensate for this. I have a sample library for Kontakt that is absolutely gigantic by comparison, but I much prefer Musiclab's e-guitar offerings because they are very cleverly programmed, making them far, far easier to play.

I won't bother listing the vast amount of features, but suffice it to say that when I factor in the price, the amount of articulation/performance features and ease of play, I find RealLPC to be the biggest bang for the buck available at the moment. There is a learning curve, and you do need an amp sim (making it far more versatile than pre-amped/pre-distorted samples), but you can program some very convincing guitar parts with RealLPC as well as RealStrat and Realguitar (Realguitar being a collection of acoustic guitars).

My only gripe with it is that the pinch-harmonics aren't currently mapped to the right notes/frets. This was done on purpose, presumably because many users want pinch harmonics that match the regular notes, which isn't how a real guitar works -the pinch harmonics of notes played on certain frets are often different notes than their non-pinch-harmonic counterpart, and I guess some users prefer them to always match (real guitarists will know what I'm talking about). They're mapped realistically in RealStrat, but I guess they gave the average users what they wanted with RealLPC. Not a big deal though, and since I find that RealLPC sounds much better than RealStrat for my tastes, I can certainly live with it.

I gave the "Presets" rating a 1 simply because there was no "Not Applicable" option to choose. There are no presets. It comes with a default configuration, and you can create as many of you're own custom presets as you see fit, creating your own sets of keyswitches, altering the default pick-position, strum speed etc...

I wouldn't trade it for anything else out there at the moment.Read more

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