If you're a musician or making music is one of your hobbies, you probably understand the importance of third-party software solutions and how they can help you simplify your work.

Take MusicLab RealEight for example. It lets you simulate an 8-string guitar and include it into your projects in such a seamless manner that you could be fooled it's actually the real thing.

The first thing that should catch your eye is that despite it packs several advanced features, its controls are highly intuitive so that even novices can toy around with them without risking anything.

The main screen showcases a virtual rendition of the 8-stringed instrument that lets you use it the same way as the real version. Clicking the fret positions generates a sound, but you can also use the piano roll displayed at the bottom of the screen.

If you have a MIDI controller, you can easily connect it to your computer and use it to control the virtual instrument. You just have to select between Solo, Harmony, Chords, Bass'n'Chord or Bass'n'Pick modes and start jamming.

Of course, there are extra functions such as Velocity FX, Pinch harmonics, Permanent FX, Tapping, Slide, Capo, Legato, Bass Zone, Velocity Curve, Pitch and Modulation that you can easily enable and configure from the "MIDI" section.

If you want to jump straight to the creative side of this app, you can write patterns for the modes listed above by simply drawing in the designated area, or you can choose from the outstanding amount of presets.

More so, this app also features a songwriter mode where you can import the patterns generated earlier by simply dragging and dropping them and also insert chords by double-clicking the musical stave layout.

All in all, if you want to include an 8-string guitar into your musical projects but lack the physical instrument, you might consider using MusicLab RealEight, since it packs all the necessary tools and provides you with high accessibility.