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NAMM 2006
Steinberg has announced a new version of Virtual Guitarist at NAMM. 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 realistic electric and acoustic rhythm guitar parts from scratch. Superseding both Virtual Guitarist and Virtual Guitarist Electric Edition versions, Virtual Guitarist 2 will ship in February 2006 for Mac OSX and Windows XP.

Among the highlights in the new version is the drastically expanded audio library. Virtual Guitarist 2 ships with a 6.8 GB 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 content, Virtual Guitarist 2 offers a 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 a 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 will be available in February 2006 for €239*. Existing Virtual Guitarist or Virtual guitarist Electric Edition customers can update to the new Virtual Guitarist 2 version for €79*.

*SRP includes 16% German VAT. Prices subject to regional variations.

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