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Native Instruments Introduces Guitar Rig

Native Instruments Introduces Guitar Rig


March 31, 2004

Guitar Rig is a one-stop-solution for the guitarist and producer.
Combining sophisticated software with a foot controller, Guitar Rig is designed
to be a versatile modular guitar studio. Guitar Rig opens up a whole universe
of guitar sounds, ranging from classic vintage tones to contemporary hi-gain
metal sounds and beyond.

Guitar Rig offers an arsenal of classic and modern guitar amplifiers, cabinets,
microphones and effects, which can be freely combined in a virtual rack – letting
guitarists create virtually any guitar setup imaginable. Each and every component
recreates the sound of the original unit through the use of analog modeling

Guitar Rig integrates three classic tube amp emulations, which were developed
through detail-exact analysis of the original amplifiers — the Mesa/Boogie
Rectifier, Fender Twin Reverb and Marshall Plexi 50W. In addition there are
more than 20 effects, including emulations of well-known vintage stomp-boxes
and modern effects — featuring various distortion and modulation pedals, dynamic
effects, Talk Wah, Wah Wah, spring reverb and much more.

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Guitar Rig also includes a “Cabinets and Mics” module to take care of the
crucial aspect of speaker and microphone choice and placement. Guitarists can
choose from ten different speaker types and five different microphone types,
which can then be set up in four different recording positions. Up to eight
speakers, each with their own mic configuration, can be combined to form a
virtual “wall of sound”.

The modular structure of Guitar Rig makes it possible to freely combine any
amplifier or effect in any order — even several instances of the same module
can be used in the same rig. Furthermore a special split module allows two
parallel signal paths with different amplifiers, cabinets and effects that
can then again be joined, mixed and even crossfaded.

More than two years of dedicated research went into the recreation of the
amplifiers and effect units found in Guitar Rig, all based on sophisticated
analog modeling algorithms. A newly developed “Dynamic Tube Response” technology
provides tube sound with unprecedented realism and responsiveness, according
to the company. The sound characteristics of various speakers and microphones
are emulated through impulse response modeling technology.

Guitar Rig also includes the newly developed foot controller “Rig Kontrol”,
which offers four foot switches and a parameter pedal. Rig Kontrol allows for
convenient preset selection and direct control over any parameter of the Guitar
Rig software the user assigns to it.

All parameter data is transmitted from the foot controller to the computer
via a second dedicated audio channel, making Guitar Rig a completely MIDI-free
solution without any setup hassles. It also integrates a D.I. box for connecting
the guitar to the computer soundcard — no additional hardware is required.

Guitar Rig is also a partner for rehearsal and learning, including not only
a metronome and a tuner module, but also multiple “Tape Deck” modules for audio
playback and recording.

Tape Deck modules allow users to play back and play alongside any kind of
audio material — from repeating drum loops to complete MP3 songs or their
own guitar recordings. A time stretching feature allows for the modification
of the pitch or speed of the audio playback at will.

Tape Deck modules can also be used to record a guitar performance – with or
without effects, and with or without any accompanying audio playback. Combining
this with the possibility to play back, tweak, layer and re-record any performance
over and over with two simultaneous Tape Decks, Guitar Rig is ready for some
downright creative mayhem while staying perfectly intuitive and accessible
all the time.

Guitar Rig comes loaded with a library of audio loops of various styles to
play along and get inspired by.

Guitar Rig can run as a standalone application without the need for any host
software, making it an ready for live performance and practice sessions. The
foot controller even makes it possible to use Guitar Rig without touching,
or even seeing, the computer. Guitar Rig also supports all major plug-in formats
and audio sequencers.

Guitar Rig will be available in June 2004 at the suggested retail price of
$ 499 / 449 Euro.

Supported Interfaces

  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS
  • DXI
  • ASIO
  • Core Audio
  • DirectSound

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows XP, Pentium 700 MHz/Athlon 1 GHz, 128 MB RAM
  • Mac OS 10.2.6, G4 733 MHz, 128 MB RAM

Recommended System

  • Windows XP, Pentium/Athlon 1.4 GHz, 256 MB RAM
  • Mac OS 10.3, G4 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM

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