IRON is a ‘virtual guitarist’ that you can plug into your DAW and works in VST, AU formats on either Mac OSX 10.9 or Windows 7 or later. Designed to give you a ‘session guitarist in a box’, this aims to solve all your six-string woes in the studio.
The virtual guitar idea has been floating around for a long time and everyone from Applied Acoustics to Steinberg have attempted to get it right in the past. To be honest I think it’s one of those things that will take a lot more than just a few riffs and guitar tones to get right. This new software bundle has some pretty bold claims and having listened to the demo the last few days, I must say I think it sounds pretty terrible.
But then I am a guitarist and have been playing pretty much my whole life, and I am picky about virtual guitar software and take some serious convincing. All the demos sounded online like ‘90s Japanese manga cartoons with cheesy metal/background music to me and so that wasn’t a good start. The UI looks pretty clean and it’ll run on all the major platforms with AU and VST support, plus you can also use Native Instruments NKS and good old MIDI to trigger it.
I’d rather pay a real musician to come and play for me though if I had to choose where to spend my money. I’d be embarrassed to even load this up as an engineer during a session to be honest. You can get a free 30 day trial version if you do want to check it out yourself, but I think you may want to save your time and your money on this one.
RRP USD £99