There are a number of complicating barriers to this suggestion, though, so we can't bring ourselves to criticise the omission of such functionality on the first version of the plug-in. You get just major and minor chords for each guitar type note that the Electric one has minor7 chords instead of minor. Included are over presets included "RG" grooves and "basic" grooves. If you don't play guitar and need rhythmic riffing to go, then we think RG is a fantastic idea that sounds great.
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Of course, Rob Papen might argue that it can do things that you can't do with a guitar and that it adds a new dimension to conventional guitar riffery, but that's probably not going to wash with your average strummer. Nice variety of preset groove styles.
It can be synced to the pape tempo, as can the dedicated Pitch LFO. The effect section can be built up by using up to 3 effects at a time. Usefully, you can have two sequences per groove patch and these are mapped to different parts of the keyboard, for easy variations.
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Plenty of features for advanced users too. After all, making music is what it's all about, right? The sound sets are clean sampled guitars, which gives you great freedom and flexibility when using the synthesizer features and effects of RG.
There are a number of complicating barriers to this suggestion, though, so we can't bring ourselves to criticise the omission of such functionality on the first version of the plug-in.
It is only a matter of hitting a single note in the major keyboard fg or minor keyboard range and the groove plays. You may also set the length of the pattern up to 32 steps and velocity of the individual steps.
RG Guitar types included are: You get just major and minor chords for each guitar type note that the Electric one has minor7 chords instead papn minor. A simple guitar part can have a serious impact on your tracks, and there are enough styles and sounds here to keep you going for a while. However, what we'd really like to see in future versions is a way of sending MIDI notes into RG and using these as the individual note triggers - enabling the user to define the gg quantise manually - not to mention an 'export groove to MIDI' function.
In addition to all this, there's a no-nonsense Amp panel, a five-band EQ and a Modulation section with two slots for setting up your own modulation routings, which will please more advanced users.
There's even a dedicated FX mod matrix. The aforementioned filter envelope is your standard ADSR type, although it does have an extra Fade parameter - dial this in and the sustain section either glides up to full or down to nowt over the specified time.
But as great as the sequencer is, it does have its limitations. We like RG, but be sure to give the downloadable demo a whirl first to see if this really is the product for you.
Guitarists may find it less useful. Included are over presets included "RG" grooves and "basic" grooves. One of our main gripes is that, despite having a Swing control, there's no way to apply your own quantisation grid to RG, and it can sound a little 'robotic' as it comes.
RG is a unique groove plug-in that is far more than just a "virtual Rhythm Guitar player! Rhythm guitar can be surprisingly hard to emulate using conventional software means. Cons Humanisation would be nice.
Sampled loops are thoroughly convincing but also extremely limited; Rob Papen Papem is designed as a more flexible solution. If you don't play guitar and need rhythmic lapen to go, then we think RG is a fantastic idea that sounds great. Electric Fender StratocasterSteel 8th and Steel 16th. The latter two are for eighth- and 16th-note grooves respectively.
There are 33 sources and 22 destinations - you can, for instance, have a row of the sequencer rb the Filter LFO Speed, or effects mix, and so on. Included are midi time-based delays, ro and also speaker simulators, phaser, flanger and many more. And as if to prove this point, within two weeks of installing it, we'd used it on no less than two remixes and two original tracks. The more adventurous user, though, will want to delve a little deeper, and at its core RG is also a synth, with full-on envelope controls, filtering, modulation, LFOs and effects.
However, the scope for instant and ever-varying satisfaction is, ultimately, limited, as the plug-in does impart a distinct sound and vibe to your productions. The irony, of papdn, is that to get the most convincing results from RG, you need a pretty good grasp of guitar playing to begin with. You can generate 'guitar-ish' parts that slot neatly into more electronic styles, in a way that real guitar playing generally doesn't.