Virtual Guitarist CARBON

CARBON serves a wide range of ultra-modern guitar sounds. Playing a custom-built, 8-string, low-range / drop-tune guitar through a large custom setup of newly invented amp and cabinet models as well as stomp-box effects, CARBON churns out distorted guitar styles from bass riffs to power chords to melodic riffs and even simple melodies.

While CARBON certainly can create traditional metal, the UJAM team felt the urge to build it because “there was nothing like it” – a virtual instrument creating versatile modern “sound-designed” guitar sounds in all kinds of music genres – from the super-quantized accents in electronic music to drone-war-accompanying big riffs in game and action soundtracks to subtly detailed accents in film music.

UJAM founder Peter Gorges: ”The inspiration for CARBON originated from listening to electronic music, modern metal and a lot of blockbuster game and action movie soundtracks, wondering “how did they get that sound”. The answer being: By taking a metal guitar and a huge amp and effect rack and experimenting until your ears bleed.

We wanted CARBON to be that solution in one UJAM-typical instrument that’s ultimately accessible and controllable in composing and arranging situations, so we put all that into one sleek software instrument. CARBON offers a vast range of sonic flexibility, but even in the most twisted settings, at the core there’s always this organic guitar quality.”

Lead Designer Norman Schmielau: “We are all musicians and we know that there’s never enough time for inventing and laying down that amazing idea in your head. We know there is a trade-off between complexity – giving you maximum flexibility at the cost of time – and ease of use. The way we design our user interfaces is aimed at giving you the best of all worlds: Easy, not simple! By weeding out controls, and by carefully grouping and macro-fying them, we aim to let you use all your attention for your music. We feel you shouldn’t spend your limited time and focus on figuring endless controls and options.”

Lead Instrument Scripter Sebastian Bretschneider: “There are some impressive novelties that set CARBON apart from its siblings: It goes very low – almost an octave lower than a regular guitar and it sounds fatter and darker because the original guitar was tuned low so the string tension was lower. Furthermore, you play the guitar yourself, note by note, because it features the Instrument Mode that we introduced with the Virtual Bassist series. You can trigger and select various articulations from dead notes to mutes to long sustains with your left hand and play the matching notes with your right. We even included shreds that are almost unplayable on a MIDI controller. With a little practice, you will create riffs that you wouldn’t have thought you’d be able to play. And least not least, CARBON is not just a guitar hooked up to an amp. It’s also a powerful sound design tool for shaping the guitar sound with EQs, dynamics and ambiences, or even turn it into something that sounds synthesized with delays, reverbs, modulation effects, EQs, compressors and distortion under the hood.”


  • Drag-and-drop of riffs to DAW tracks allows for detailed note editing and song building.
  • More than 55 Styles and 560 Phrases
  • Custom creation of riffs – this is a first in a Virtual Guitarist and much requested by the Virtual Guitarist community
  • Futuristic Amp Models with unprecedented distortion and gain
  • Finisher Presets – automated FX chains for advanced sound design options
  • Layerer – for stacking up to four CARBON guitarists and distributing them vertically and horizontally across a sound stage.

All plug-ins are available as a direct download in VST, AU, and AAX formats for any compatible DAW, including Logic, Garageband, Cubase, Ableton Live and Pro Tools. Free, fully functional 30-day trial available.

Pricing and availability: Virtual Guitarist CARBON is now available on for 129 EUR / USD, the Bundle of all five Virtual Guitarists for 399 EUR / USD. UJAM offers loyalty discounts until November 17th 2019: 62% off (= 50 EUR / USD) for existing owners of the Virtual Guitarist Bundle, 23% off (= 99 EUR / USD) for owners of any UJAM instrument