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MusicLab releases RealStrat 5.0

MusicLab has announced the release of RealStrat 5.0 for macOS and Windows.

Two instrument combo pack:

  • RealStrat Standard – original RealStrat model with loads of new playability features, fully backwards compatible to RealStrat previous version.
  • RealStrat Elite - features the début of our new sample set recorded from each of 3 Stratocaster pickups, having four patches and two tuning selections for each.

New RealStrat Elite sample set:

  • High quality 24-bit samples, recorded directly from Neck, Middle, and Bridge pickups individually.
  • 7 realtime pickup selections giving you the exiting tonal options.
  • Double Track guitar patch.
  • 6-string, 12-string guitars.
  • Standard and Baritone tunings for all patches.
  • Stop Slap sound effect added.
  • Pinch Harmonics now produce 2-octave up initial pitches.

New multi performance mode:

  • Combining various guitar techniques (strumming, soloing, string picking, etc.) in a single performance layout.
  • 25 new Key Switch FX in chordal modes.
  • Velocity controllable number of strings in strummed chords.
  • Live control of solo and strum techniques.
  • Live control of chord inversions/positions.
  • Free voices leading in strummed chords.
  • Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs in chords.
  • Slider (Bottleneck) guitar technique emulation.
  • Numerous performance options, effects, and their combinations.

Check the complete list of What's New in RealStrat 5.

Price: $139.00 USD. Previous version owners can order version 5 upgrade in the MusicLab account.

Download full-featured trial version for Mac and Windows.

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Discussion: Active
tommyzai
tommyzai
24 December 2018 at 7:35pm

Last week I updated to v5 and wrote a quick supplemental user review after a few days of noodling. .. .

INTRO: RealStrat v5 is the latest virtual Stratocaster offering by MusicLab. It includes two Strat combination options. A RealStrat Standard version that is an updated version of v4 and RealStrat Elite, which is a completely new supercharged version that has been deeply resampled at each pickup position. Both versions boast an attractive, neatly organized new interface that's both eye-pleasing and inviting — seasoned users will have no problem navigating v5, and new users won't be scared-off (however, there will be a learning curve).

PROS: The features that made the first four versions a success are still there, fully intact, i.e., the sound, strum-ability, play-ability, humanization, etc. There are many improvements and new features, most notably the new Multi-Performance Mode (live control of solo and strum and chord positions). This makes it much easier to sequence realistic sounding guitar tracks. I especially dig the Song section. I have a friend who boasts about the Key Switch FX in chordal mode — this is a deep instrument. I've only scratched the surface, but having fun — not stressed, lost, or overwhelmed while demoing. There is a new option that allows users to choose between a black & white and color guitar theme. V5 features increased control over timbre via the three pickup configuration and pick position options. The Bridge & Neck combination is exceptionally rich and REAListic. The 12-string versions are a nice surprise.

CONS: Learning curve increase. Larger sample size footprint for Elite version. Otherwise, I found no negatives, only positives.

SUMMARY: The best virtual guitar emulation app/plugin just got better. This is a fun, playable, great sounding virtual instrument. All-in-all, this is an outstanding and significant update that is well worth the money — especially purchased on a special sale. Great job, MusicLab! I continue to be a proud user.

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