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Guitar Rig ProbyNative Instruments
 Guitar Rig Pro by Native Instruments is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Product Guitar Rig Pro
Developer Native Instruments
Price (MSRP)
$199+ / €179+
Type / Tags Guitar Multi-FXDistortion / Overdrive / AmpMulti FX
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)    
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5.2.2
 
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Guitar Rig 5 Pro delivers 54 meticulously modeled stomp boxes and effects, from legendary foot pedals to complex studio tools. Use them on anything — vocals, synths, drums, organs, or whatever else is in your mix. Whether it's classic guitar tones or avant-garde soundscapes, these effects deliver.

Features:

  • Control Room module offers carefully tweaked professional mikings for unparalleled studio tones.
  • Matched Cabinets offers a harmonized speaker setup for every single amp.
  • Master Effect section retains reverberation and delays while changing presets.
  • Preset browser with extensive search functions and Kore 2 format compatibility.
  • more than 250 brand new, high-quality presets for all genres.
  • True stereo processing for all components.
  • Integrated tuner, metronome and two tapedeck modules for easy recording.
  • Dedicated "Live View" for performing on stage.

Effects include:

DISTORTION AND OVERDRIVE.

GUITAR RIG 5 PRO provides you with eleven fuzz, distortion and overdrive units. These components are accurate reproductions of classic hardware devices, and sound just like the originals.

REVERB AND DELAY.

We took extra care to deliver the finest selection of virtual delays and reverbs available. Based on award-winning NI algorithms, these units add the right space and distance in any setup.

MODULATION.

These perfectly-modeled effects can add subtle movement, vintage vibrations or dramatic dynamics, from a swirling 70s phaser to volatile synthesizer sounds.

FILTERS.

Filtering is one of the most powerful ways to shape your sound, and GUITAR RIG 5 PRO offers several great tools to do it. Choose from an impressive range of filter-based effects, from wah-wahs to EQs.

LEVELS AND DYNAMICS.

Take control of your levels with this collection of compressors, limiters, noise gates, and volume pedals. Add bite, max-out the levels before running into other effects, or boost your signals into overdrive.

CUSTOM MULTI-EFFECTS.

The Container Module is a utility for creating multi-effects and custom channel strips. Assemble your processing chain, then assign the eight macro-controls to the key controls on any of the effects in the chain.

Master FX allows you to keep effects engaged while switching between presets. Put global effects like reverb and delay into a Master FX module. This will stay at the end of your signal chain, regardless of what happens in front of it.

SPLITTERS.

The Split Module allows you to create parallel effects chains. Split the sound in two, process each stream with different effects and then mix the results back together at the end. Insert one anywhere in the rack.

The Crossover Mix device splits the signal into high and low frequencies. This lets you apply effects to the high frequencies only, leaving the low frequencies untouched as a solid foundation for the sound.

MODIFIERS.

Analog Sequencer – Up to 16 adjustable steps for more variable triggering.

Input Level – An envelope follower that scans the volume of the input signal and transforms it into a control signal. Useful for dynamic response effects e.g. the louder you play, the more distortion you get.

Step Sequencer – Up to 16 on/off steps for 'hard' triggering.

Multi-Step Envelope – Graphical sound editing! The shape of the curve defines the modulation.

LFO (low frequency oscillator) – With five waveforms and a choice of continuous or arbitrary modulation.

LOOP MACHINE.

Record a riff, loop it, and solo over the top. Play a synth bassline and experiment with accompaniments. Or create complex multi-part vocal harmonies. Sync the Loop Machine to the tempo of your host sequencer, and export either the layered loop or the individual layers.

TAPE DECKS.

The Tape Decks are a great tool for recording and capturing ideas. Use time-stretching to slow down a riff while practicing, or use the pitch-shifting function to transpose a riff into a different key. The Tape Decks play wave files and MP3s. Play along to the loops provided or load your own backing tracks.

TUNER AND METRONOME.

Besides simple, precise tuning, the Tuner offers presets for common tunings, such as Chromatic, Bass, Open D / E / G / A, and DADGAD. A Cent mode and Strobe mode provide two different visual pointers, and the Mute mode lets you tune silently.

The Metronome is not only for keeping time – it also serves as the clock for all synchronized rack modules, such as modulation and delay effects. Easily adjustable and with numerous helpful features, Metronome will help keep your playing tight.

Amps and Cabinets include:

Legendary guitar and bass amplifiers, modeled with award-winning Dynamic Tube Response Technology. Each amp has its own matched cabinet plus an extra set of choice cab models – 27 exquisite models in all. Plus, eight legendary microphones, flexible mic positioning, and four rotary speaker simulations.

VAN 51.

A heavy amp with a superstar signature sound from hard rock to blistering crunch — great for drop tunings and menacing palm-muted chug, but also extremely flexible.

HOT SOLO+.

This one recalls a classic hand-wired tube amp with a boutique, responsive overdriven tone. For expressive, singing solos that still sound heavy as hell, the Hot Solo+ is your amp.

PLEX.

The classic Plexi sound probably needs no introduction - it's the vintage amp sound that has powered too many hit records to mention! Your ultimate classic for blues and rock.

HOT PLEX.

We all love the classic Plex sound, but wait until you hear this gain-spiced version of it! A generous amount of distortion will boost your vintage tones into the future.

COOL PLEX.

When all you want is that heart-warming vintage clean sound - sparkling and with a dash of saturation - look no further. The Cool Plex adds soul to any retro tone: transparent, yet thick and charismatic.

LEAD 800.

This smooth, intense lead sound cuts like a knife and offers plenty of flexibility. While the Plex works very well for both chunky rhythm sounds and leads, the Lead 800 gives a brighter, more edgy sound.

JUMP.

The sound of the Jump is a well-behaved alternative to the Lead 800 – sporting a bit less gain, but at the same time perfecting the smooth, singing lead sounds we love to hear from British amps.

AC BOX.

The AC Box delivers the famous sound that powered the British conquest of pop music. We chose a model that not only features a unique flavor but also some nice circuit wizardry adding a Brilliant channel.

CITRUS.

If you're yearning for that 70's British sound with a bunch of flavor, the Citrus amp is for you! Its tones range from the edge of clean to gritty distortion when master and gain controls are cranked.

HIGH WHITE.

Are you seeking the signature British sound of David Gilmour and Pete Townsend? Then we think you'll want to spend some time with the High White – we're talking 100 virtual watts of pure tone.

JAZZ AMP.

The Jazz Amp produces a warm, clean tone. An essential part of its sound is the Ensemble effect, which adds chorusing or vibrato. As a result, the Ensemble is built into the Jazz Amp.

GRATIFIER.

The Gratifier emulates a famous multi-channel solo head with a tube power amp. A fourth channel has been added to span the tonal range from clean to over-the-top distortion.

ULTRASONIC.

You asked for an ultra-modern, ultra-high-gain, über-cool amp? We present the Ultrasonic! A two-channel boutique amp with all the modern tones you could even want.

TWANG REVERB.

The Twang Reverb simulates the rich tube sound of a classic amp from decades ago. It is ideal for screaming blues leads, crunchy rhythm guitar sounds, as well as clean sounds laden with personality.

TWEED DELIGHT.

There's nothing like the spank of an amp covered in tweed! This amp, based on an American legend, is designed to go from glassy clean, to bluesy squawk – with only three control knobs.

TWEEDMAN.

The role model of the Tweedman was originally designed as a bass amp. Since then, it has made its way as a classic guitar amp. Of course, it still works equally great in its originally intended role.

BASS PRO.

This monster bass amp delivers that gritty, growling sound that really makes a bass stand out in a mix. In addition to the unique tonal qualities, there's also a graphic equalizer to allow the sound to be tailored more precisely.

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By zerocrossing
May 11, 2009

OK, I've finally bit the bullet and purchased Guitar Rig 3 (as part of a deal when you buy Guitar Rig Session you get a free upgrade)

I've talked a lot of poop about Guitar Rig's amp models, but one thing that kept me interested is it's functionality and great effects. So for $199 (and less when I sell the not needed hardware) I figured "what the hell." So I also thought I'd give it a proper review since I seem to find myself talking about competing products a lot.

First: The amps.

Ultrasonic: Honestly surprised. Not what one would ever call warm or sweet, but for some basic clean and high gain sounds this amp model is pretty damn good. Getting a nice clean tone took some doing though. I always start with everything at 12:00 but I had to crank the bass to 10:00, middle to 12:00 and treble and presence almost all the way up to get a nice bright tone. It's there though. Seemed to talk distortion/fuzz boxes really nicely too. (More on that later but Demon :love:

Gratifier: Not too bad, pretty usable in a mix, but it pales in comparison to Amplitube's Tube Lead or Metal Lead T. The Amplitube sims just seem to have a sweeter sounding more natural high end. More tube crunch, while the Gratifer seemed more fuzzboxy and fizzy. It's clean tone was OK but nothing to write home about.

Lead 800. Pretty horrible sounding at all settings. NI should be ashamed of this one.

Plex. Better than the Lead 800, but not by a lot. Stiff and sterile sounding.

Citrus. People seemed to be raving about this one, but tang has more flavor. Classic NI dead amp sound. I was able to dial up a pretty good on the verge of breaking up clean sound out of it.

AC Box. This is supposed to be a Vox emulation. I don't hear it. I've never owned an AC30 TB, but my first good amp was a Vox Buckingham. I was able to get a good tone out of it though by cranking the brilliant volume all the way up and the bass as well. Compared it to the Amplitube AC30 TB... NI: Fail.

Tweeddman: I like this one quite a bit. Easy to get a nice crunchy break up tone. Sat nice after the stomp boxes. Good job NI.

Tweed Delight. This one suffered from that weird gritty break up that a lot of the amps seem to have. I was able to get a few good sounds out of it but I'm sure when I need the fender sound I'll be in Amplitube Fender.

Twang Reverb: I liked this one a lot. More than the 65 Twin in the Fender emulation. I've never owned a Fender amp in my life though so I'm only going by what I like. I didn't like it overdriven, but this amp isn't about that.

Jazz Amp. Don't cross me NI. I'm a JC-120 fan from way back. You missed. The JC-120 sounds chimey and sweet, not brittle and harsh.

High White. WTF? FAIL. I couldn't get a decent tone out of this. What is it emulating? Hiwatt? I hope they sound better than this.

Bass Pro: Nice job. The presets were facacta, but I was able to get some really nice solid state bass amp type sounds here.

Effects. I'm going to cut this short and say all the effects are great. Really, I got Guitar Rig 3 for Psychedelay and the pitch pedal and harmonic syntheesizer, but frankly they're all great. BTW, IK? If you're reading this, copy NI on this front and take they're MIDI learn system while you're at it.

The distortion pedals? I love the meztone, demon and transamp. The rest? Meh.

The EQ stuff is all decent. Love the pro-filter and talkwah.

Reverbs are all good.

Tools? Useful. Nice addition.

MDF: This is where Guitar Rig trumps them all. LFO, Envelope, Step sequencer, analog sequencer and an input level follower. Assign them to parameters... delicious. These and the effects are probably worth the price of admission.

So, I'm going to pretend that amplitube is a few decent amp sims and a alot of great features and effects. That's what I expected but I wanted to become intimate with it and this seemed as good a way as any. I would not make this my main amp sim. No way. But it fills some holes that no other single tool will.Read more

Reviewed By flametop
July 13, 2004

I'm not going to compare Guitar Rig (GR) with real hardware amps. By now I think most people will have made their mind up about modeling vs tubes etc. This review will be in the context of a modeling solution for a PC.

GR offers three main types of modeling; Amps, Speakers/Mics and Effects. In addition it ships with its own custom foot controller. All this is wrapped up in a stand-alone/vst/dxi/rtas format.

Amp wise you dont get as many models as some other packages, but the main 'bread-n-butter' styles are there. Vox, Fender, Mesa and Marshall types are available in 1.10. However, you do get to tweak the amps more than some packages. Things like variac power supplies, tube bias etc can be tweaked. This gives the amp models a far wider range than would at first be seen.

The 'more tweaks' theme is carried over to the cab/mic models. The big feature is being able to setup multi-cab/mic setups, either fed by a single amp or multiple amps. A wide range of cabs and micing techniques are modeled.

Its really 'effects-r-us' for the remainer. A whole box full of virtual pedals covering all the standard guitar effects varieties.

Taken as a package, I think the sounds possible are very good. GR does seem to handle clean or crunch slightly better than full out distortion. To my ears some of the 'flat out' sounds sound a little synthetic.

But beware, its possible to tweak things the wrong way and get some truely horrible sounds, but thats the price of flexability.

The demo offers a chance to try it out, but lacking the foot pedal and the full library, you really only get a taste. The pedal works very well. Having a responsive rocker pedal that can be linked to any setting is fantastic. It can be a wah-wah or volume, or trem rate, or depth or twin amp balance etc etc. Very expressive patches are possible. The pedal is strange as it uses audio for the control signals rather than USB etc. Having said that, it worked straight out of the box.

GR ships with an enormous set of presets. These cover almost all guitar styles. Some nu-metal devotees may be disapointed though. CPU usage is reasonable, nothing taxing my 2.8 P4 unduely.

Buyers should ensure they have a suitable I/O device for their PC though. Personally find anthing with a latency over 10ms hard to play to. I use a Edirol FA101 and find it fine with no timing problems when playing.

Authorisation is via NI's now standard challenge response system. Support appears good and they have setup a users library to exchange presets.

In summary, GR offers a massive range of tones and effects. The sound can be very 'real' or very weird, you choose. The hardware may seem to make it expensive, but it really does expand the expression available through the software better than other systems I have tried.



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lanier rael
lanier rael
3 January 2013 at 11:03pm

do need the foot controler to use this software

Numanoid
Numanoid
12 June 2013 at 3:36pm

No.

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