Pedal Steel

Virtual Pedal Steel Guitar

(13 Votes)
1.0 (Updated 7 years ago)
February 06, 2013
Reaktor 5 or lower
Other Test Area


Since there is so little choice for a virtual pedal steel instrument, i thought i'd give it a try.


Mike McRoberts
1 month ago
I needed a steel guitar for a short solo. This worked perfectly. Thanks.
Michael Chittam
1 year ago
Uwe - is this still available? As previously mentioned, the download link only opens to an ENs file???
Wincent Ek
2 years ago
I see this patch has been around for a while, but Uwe, what a great job! This was *exactly* what I needed to get those lap steel ideas of mine in place! Thank you so much :)
erik fjeld
5 years ago
How do I use it? The download only contains a 79kB .ens file
Kimmo Kivelä
7 years ago
Big Wow!
Uwe Engelmann
7 years ago
Here's a short primer for this thing: A real pedal steel guitar has 10 strings per neck (there are models with one or two necks). The virtual instrument is a partial simulation of the E9-tuned neck. This tuning is (counting from string 10 - the lowest - to string 1): B2, D3, E3, F#3, G#3, B3, E4, G#4, D#4, F#4 Out of these the so-called primary strings are the strings #10 (B2), #8 (E3), #6 (G#3), #5 (B3), #4 (E4), #3 (G#4). Those primary strings are implemented in the virtual instrument. Each string is assigned a keyboard range as shown in the graphics on the instrument panel. Now you can play the strings with your right hand. Use an E-Major chord for the start. The fingering should be B2, E3, G#3. The left hand can move the steel (the steel bar used in playing the real thing) in a range from position 0 (A1 key - no steel - i.e. open tuning) up to position 12 (A2 key - instrument transposed one octave up). So while still fingering that E-Major with your right hand, you can play all the Major chords by moving the steel to its appropriate position. Great. We have a slide guitar now. What makes the pedal-steel guitar unique are its pedals and knee-levers. These bend individual strings (or groups of them) up and/or down. There are two ways of doing this in the virtual instrument. Bend a single string by playing legato within this strings key range. Bend a group of strings by using midi CC 64 (UP) and 67 (DOWN) - thats sustain and sostenuto pedal - hey, we've got pedals too. You can dial in how much each string bends up or down. Now you can play that E-Major in the open position, push the sustain pedal, and transform that E-Major to an A-Major by bending string 10 up 2 semitones, and string 6 by 1 semitone.