Even though the truest guitar sound will come from a good quality valve amp there are a growing number of alternative solutions that have other benefits such as price, size & flexibility.
The following VST Guitar plug-ins are MIDI controlled software amp simulators.
MIDI VST Guitar
Complete electric guitar solution for Mac and PC. Absolutely convincing guitar riffs, combined with amps, wah pedals and effects. The actual guitar player has been transformed into a step sequencer system that allows control about playing styles, chord progressions and song structures. Guitarist can be played live as well, with just two fingers you can combine chords and patterns easily. You can choose from factory chords or just create your own chords on the fingerboard. The Action Section allows you to tweak the sequence in realtime and apply timestretch, looper or other crazy effects. Guitar players, keyboarders, producers, Guitarist is the new solution when guitar tracks are needed.
Music Labs produce a number of VST guitar plug-ins which are modeled after some of the popular guitar sounds, from acoustic to a variety of electrics.
– RealEight virtual guitar instrument – the ideal guitar for creating lead, rhythm riff, and even bass tracks in your future rock and metal masterpieces!
– RealRick virtual guitar instrument – with the unmistakable sound of a legendary Rickenbacker® electric guitar, which became permanently intertwined with the sound of The Beatles.
– RealGuitar is a sample-based virtual instrument – with an innovative approach to guitar sound modeling and guitar part performing on keyboard.
– RealLPC virtual guitar instrument – bringing the incomparable Les Paul Custom Guitar sound to your studio.
– RealStrat sample-based virtual instrument – with an innovative approach to guitar sound modeling and guitar techniques emulating on a standard MIDI keyboard.
Prices start at $149 for RealGuitar with the Electrics at $199 a piece – There are discount bundle options…
Ample Guitar F II aim to bring the Fender Stratocaster Custom Guitar sound to your studio.
Size: 4.75 GB, 24bit 44.1khz
DFD(Direct from disk)
Rich Fingering Noise – more vivid and realistic.
Neck, Both two Instrument libraries to fit different needs.
Each Cycle & Rhombic Sampling structure – Separate sample cycle for each note and vel layer to improve sample utilization efficiency.
Sustain, Hammer On & Pull Off, Legato Slide, Slide in & out, Palm Mute, Popping, Natural Harmonic, Slide Guitar 10 articulations, Legato at random length & pitch & poly.
Prices range from $95 – $150
Orange Tree Samples
Ultra-Realistic Sample Libraries for KONTAKT. Orange Tree Samples produces innovative sample libraries that enable musicians to achieve incredible realism with ease. Each product is designed for real-time performance and sequencing, without the tedious programming commonly required using conventional sample libraries. We attain this by combining state-of-the-art sampling techniques, proprietary physical modeling concepts, and innovative programming.
Prices approx $199
Indiginus – StrumMaker IV
Indiginus provide affordable sample libraries for Kontakt 4, 5 – Keyboard (MIDI) triggered. Create acoustic guitar strumming tracks quickly and easily with our new StrumMaker IV strumming engine. Choose from preset patterns that you can customize, and choose from the available preset chords that you can customize instantly- simply by clicking on the fret-board. Then transpose your chords with the capo! With the Strum Sequencer, you can choose from 1 to 16 steps and choose the note resolution to match your host’s tempo. 16 steps not enough? You can chain up to 8 patterns together-
There are a number of sample libraries like Torch Electric Guitar and Delta Blues Acoustic Slide Guitar.
Prices range from $30 to $50
Ilya Efimov – Acoustic Complete
The sound of this library is rich and sensual, transparent and incredibly expressive. There is a fantastic realism by using 14 dynamic colors for each note. This library is essential for Acoustic Guitar imitation. You can use all frets for each string. The select of the strings and positions can be both automatic and manual. The control over any parameter is available though Graphic User Interface and your sequencer.
Prices range from $110 to $160
4 modes, the solo mode that allows to play melodies, the chord mode that helps playing strums or picking very easily, the patterns mode that does all of the strumming or picking for you and the MIDI mode that allows you to use your preferred midi guitar controller. If you own a MIDI guitar and want to expand its sound capabilities, then the MIDI mode is for you. The MIDI guitar mode allows you to play the Telematic using a midi guitar controller, all you need to do is select the 6 midi channels. You maybe have to use the set patch as omni to allow the plugin to respond to all midi channels.
Scarbee Funk Guitarist is not a virtual guitar intended for ‘freeform’ playing — trying to use it for playing top‑line melodies or rolling arpeggios will not work. SFG’s remit is quite specific: to recreate authentic‑sounding funk guitar grooves in almost any chord flavor, inversion or fret position you’re likely to need, and all using only two fingers.