1st April 2004
Guitar Rig is a one-stop-solution for the demanding guitarist and producer. Combining highly sophisticated software with a sturdy foot controller, Guitar Rig forms a professional modular guitar studio that is as versatile as it is easy to use. Guitar Rig opens up a whole universe of unique and signature guitar sounds - ranging from classic vintage tones to contemporary hi-gain metal sounds and far beyond.
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.
Guitar Rig also includes a versatile "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 serious "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 faithful 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 authentic tube sound with unprecedented realism and responsiveness. The sound characteristics of various speakers and microphones are painstakingly emulated through advanced 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.
With its functional design and sturdy metal construction, Rig Kontrol is built to last. It also integrates a high-quality D.I. box for connecting the guitar to the computer soundcard - no additional hardware is required.
Record and play along
Guitar Rig is also an outstanding partner for rehearsal and tuition - including not only a metronome and a precise 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 high-quality time stretching feature allows for the modification of the pitch or speed of the audio playback at will, without compromising audio quality.
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 already comes loaded with a comprehensive library of high-quality audio loops of various styles to play along and get inspired by.
Live and in the studio
Guitar Rig can run as a standalone application without the need for any host software. The foot controller even makes it possible to use Guitar Rig without touching, or even seeing, the computer.
However, Guitar Rig also supports all major plug-in formats and audio sequencers, making it an invaluable tool for recording, post production, and sound design.
Guitar Rig will be available in the second quarter 2004 at the suggested retail price of $ 499 / 449 ï¿½.
- True to the original amp emulations inspired by Mesa/Boogie Rectifier, Fender Twin Reverb and Marshall Plexi 50W.
- State-of-the-art component modelling, including "Dynamic Tube Response" technology for powerful and dynamic tube sound.
- Includes more than twenty classic and modern guitar effects, painstakingly modeled after popular stomp-box units and other real-world effect units.
- Highly flexible cabinet and microphone simulation: ten speaker models, five microphones, and four microphone positions.
- Includes metronome, tuner and multiple "Tapedeck" modules with time-stretching capabilities for audio playback and on-the-fly-recording.
- All parameters can be controlled with the included "Rig Kontrol" foot controller, which also includes a D.I. box - MIDI interface not required.
- Huge selection of presets featuring the sounds of famous guitarists and productions.
- Clear visual "rack" concept with simple drag & drop operation for high flexibility and ease of use.
- Can be used standalone and as a plug-in in a host sequencer.
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