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Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2  

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This update to the award-winning GUITAR RIG delivers even better performance for guitarists and adds tools for bass! It comes with the Rig Kontrol fo...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      Pro-level hardware and software for recording guitarists and bassists!

      This update to the award-winning GUITAR RIG delivers even better performance for guitarists and adds tools for bass! It comes with the Rig Kontrol foot controller, which doubles as a high-end USB 2 audio interface so you can plug in and rock! The software provides stunning emulations of 8 legendary amps, 15 guitar cabs, 6 bass cabs, 4 rotary speakers, 9 microphones, synth filters, and 35 effects that bring every tone within your grasp. The Rig Kontrol 2 footcontroller has 6 footswitches, an assignable expression pedal with an extra switch, dual inputs optimized for guitar, 1/4" inputs, balanced outputs, MIDI I/O, a headphone jack, and a USB 2.0 port. The GUITAR RIG software also provides a looping function and playback for rhythm parts so you can jam by yourself.


      Special Grace Period Upgrade

      GUITAR RIG 3 is just around the corner, but you don't need to wait to buy your copy of GUITAR RIG. You can buy version 2 today and qualify for a special grace period upgrade program that gives you a FREE upgrade to GUITAR RIG 3! So you still get all the killer guitar sounds you need right now with GUITAR RIG 2 and get the update to version 3 without missing anything. See the attached PDF form for more information.

      FEATURES
      • 8 renowned guitar and bass amps
      • 15 guitar and 6 bass cabinets
      • 4 rotary speakers
      • 9 microphones
      • 35 effects
      • Loop Machine
      • Synth filters
      • Dynamic Tube Response technology
      • Drag and drop sound building
      • Realtime control of all parameters

      Order today and get professional-level tones for your recordings!

      SPECIFICATIONS

      Guitar Rig 2

      • Audio Units, VST, RTAS on ProTools 7, DXi, ASIO, Core Audio, Core MIDI, and DirectSound compatible
      • Mac requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.x, G4 733MHz, 512MB RAM
      • PC requirements: Windows XP SP2, Pentium 700MHz/Athlon XP 1.33GHz, 256MB RAM
      • Mac recommendation: Mac OS X 10.4.x, G4 1.25GHz, 768MB RAM
      • PC recommendation: Windows XP SP2, Pentium/Athlon XP 1.4GHz, 512MB RAM
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      4.2

      (based on 17 reviews)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent for Studio Recording, No Way for Live !

      This is an incredible Effects Processor for Recording. The best I've heard so far. I've been playing guitar for 15 years, from funk to metal, blues, almost all styles, and this Rig...Read complete review

      This is an incredible Effects Processor for Recording. The best I've heard so far. I've been playing guitar for 15 years, from funk to metal, blues, almost all styles, and this Rig makes everything much funner to play. There is no way I can get all the sounds this package offers in my current Live Rig. There's only one major Drawback, In a live situation it still doesn't compare to the real deal, meaning Tube Driven distortions, real effects produced by a well made guitar, pick up/amp interactive feedback etc,... the sonic quality of a Live Setup is just byfar qualitatively better. Guitar Rig 2 comes very close but it stops at emulation and doesn't veer off the emulated sound. Whereas my Live Rig dynamics have subtle harmonics that go beyond mere processed sound. It's difficult to explain, but everybody I've played for notices the difference. Also, the Noise Reduction feature on Guitar Rig 2 cancels out all those groovy harmonics and sub-harmonics inherent of a live system. Thus, all you get is a predictable processed sound. Kind of Dull for real-time creativity. What I truly like about Guitar Rig 2 is that it does have limitless potential for creating otherworldly sounds that my Live Rig can never produce. I believe these new digital products will become mainstream when the processing becomes real-time. I must admit there are new things I'm learning in sound development with digital processing,.. everyday. So don't take my word for it, go and purchase this item and see for yourself. In all honesty, this IS the future of Sound Processing. Just get a very clean noise free computer, preferably an Intel dual or even Quad processor so that the latency is very minimal. My computer is a dual Processor Intel 6800 and instead of the included soundcard I use a Creative Labs X-Fi Elite Pro, which relieves the CPU from handling all the sound processing work. Heck even the Audigy will do that, and it's in 24 bit, yet cheaper than an EMU card, and better than the card they supply with Rig 2. I also built the system from ground up and modified the case to minimize noise reaching my soundcard. Just make sure to get high -end mini convertor connectors for your guitar-to-Soundcard connections. Or, like me, modify the card. I don't use the pedal cause it adds noise to my setup I tried everything to stop it, even covered everything in copper foil, and used a customized grounding attenuator circuit to cut noise frequencies, but I can still hear a bit of noise with the pedal. Another thing, the Noise Reduction feature also reduces my guitars natural sustain. Not good. For recording and experimentation this product is top quality. The best you'll ever find for home recording or professional studio. OH,.. if Jimi Hendrix were still alive today. Again, for Live stuff, *sigh* maybe in the next version they'll come up with some tube driven hybrid product. Something like that.

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      Has Potential - Tech. Support Lacking.

      I guess I am one of the few people out here that has had major problems with this product.I do believe that for the majority of GR2 owners out there, this program works well....Read complete review

      I guess I am one of the few people out here that has had major problems with this product.I do believe that for the majority of GR2 owners out there, this program works well. I will also admit that when I can get it to work it sounds great. The problem I am having with the system seems to be the combonation of the Kontrol Rig & my PC. Though My system far exceeds the minimum requirements to run the program, I am experiencing white noise signal interuptions about every 3min, through the Kontrol rig. The NI customer support site will tell you that this is caused by a power save mode to USB ports in Win.XP. They recomend by-passing this mode which I have done. I have also replaced hardware & software at the recomdation of NI customer support team. Nothing thus far has fixed the problem. It also seems the NI Support team has given up on my issue with their product. They no longer send me recomdations on a posabile fix.In my experience with this product & its tech. support team, I would advise caution & some consideration before purchase. If you do not intend to use the Kontrol unit you should not have any problems.Good luck.

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      3.0

      Overpriced? Lets see...

      By Michael Lee

      from Ireland.

      Ok, ive seen a lot of people say its overpriced. Ive seen a lot of people saying its not overpriced,lookat all the effects...Bottom line...It IS overpriced.Theres a lot of features in this product, but not many of them are that useful.Some of the amp and OD sims sound great, no flaws there. But apparently its all modeled on real amps...Thats true to a certain extent.Theres extra controls on the amps, such as Sag, Bias, Power Source ETC...but compared to my tweaking of these settings, and my experience with the REAL versions of these amps....the controls do nothing at all. Minor, subtle, at best.Noise reduction is useless. Sure, it reduces noise....btu where are my hamonics gone?Its not all bad though. Some of the Modulation effects are great. The chorus soudns wonderful, and the rotary speaker has helped me in the studio.For a studio situation, i would recommend it. Theres awesome soudns on tap.For Live, i wouldnt use it. I've tried. I cant find a laptop with a decent enough ASIO soundcard to do it. I gigged with my desktop PC!!FOLKS, PROCESSING POWER ISNT THE KEY...ITS YOUR SOUNDCARD, TRUST ME!

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      5.0

      A Room Full of Gear

      By doug941

      from Bradenton, Fl

      This is quite a package! With a little time and effort you can nail about any sound you hear. It works great for recording, I even use it to create backing tracks for performance. Run a midi bass line through a bass amp and cabs and it's very realistic. I use it live through a p.a. . There are enough buttons to get what you need from a single setting. Stereo effects sound great!

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      4.0

      an expensive toy

      By tubescreamer

      from Bulgaria

      The biggest mistake in my life...I'm an all tube guitar amps user. I decided to buy this thing to make my life easier when I have to play out of my country. How stupid I was-now I own a very expensive toy...well,at least I can play in my kitchen without disturbing anyone. Oh,the loop machine is ok...I wouldn't recommend the guitar rig 2 to anyone.

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      5.0

      Very Fun

      I have had this product now for about a year. Once you get the baby up and running, it runs very smoothe (so long as you have a decent computer, of course). I think a lot of people have problems with this because they don't understand just how much memory and processing power Delay and Reverb effects require. IT'S A LOT!Pros:Tons of great effects.Easy to use once you get it.Vast amount of effect per preset (craaazy sounds).Cons:Could definitely use more updates, or easier user updating.Ask a REAL live guitarist how they would like it setup ---> drag and drop usability, easy muting of effects. Maybe TWO modes, one for the studio, one for live.Besides that, we're getting there people. There will never be a replacement for a 3k boutique amp, but d*** give it a few years and you can be d*** close!!!

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      5.0

      The best ever

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      It doesn't get any better, I've played guitar and recorded for 15+ years and this is the best software out there. Sounds are as real as they get, options and details are very deep, you can get any sound/rig you want. I have played with it live, it works fine if you have a laptop, case, be careful etc.., The real kicker is using it in the home studio. For those saying its too pricey, etc.. How much would you pay to have EVERY single effects pedal, rack effects, 100's of speaker cabinets, amps, microphones, mic placements, and such? Case closed. I've tried the pod, waves, etc.. this is the best overall

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      3.0

      Needs something

      By the texas flood

      from McKinney, TX

      I run GR through a mixer, and find my self constantly tweaking volume levels on my mixer and the software. GR will loose its brains on a regular basis with static that sounds like a hardware problem. When I first started using this software I can't count the times I chased down cables only to find a restart of the software would fix the problem.This software will start output clipping with input volumes so low the effects don't sound right. Once you get it setup(hardware, mixer, software) don't change anything or it will take 3 hours and 3 restarts to get this thing back under control.

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      5.0

      Perfect for at home recording!!!!!!!!

      By Toolshed-cjVfh

      from Idaho.....ex NY

      Make this really simple. Guitar Rig does what it should it is a plugin or stand alone for HOME RECORDING!!!! I would have a hard time recommending this for live use though I have done it. A fast pc is definately required. With a dual core AMD I can run 4 of my highest effect presets but thats it. The amp sounds are limitless and very lifelike. And it does sound fantastic thru my Mesa 20/20 (adds a little warmth). Just hard to bring a laptop on stage and boot up blah blah blah. As for the hardware it allows 24/ 96khz sound which is pretty good especially if you have the high output engaged which sameples 2x. serious load on your pc though. You can assign the pedals/ stomp to do just about anything. Two things that could boost this product would be a tuner on the pedal board, and try a whole new delay system. all the effects are fantastic but the delay...just tough to get a quality sound. Live I run thru a tc electronic g major just for the delay portion. Other then that perfect and built as solid as anything line 6 or digitech has thrown our way lately.So to sum up...great plugin.... decent foot controller...but tough for a live use....I use a Vetta amp live....and this little puppy at home on a protools machine...sounds good thru my 1814 or thru the rig control.

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      4.0

      Excellent for Studio Recording, No Way for Live !

      By Sxean Lee-David

      from Redmond, Washington & Newark, CA.

      This is an incredible Effects Processor for Recording. The best I've heard so far. I've been playing guitar for 15 years, from funk to metal, blues, almost all styles, and this Rig makes everything much funner to play. There is no way I can get all the sounds this package offers in my current Live Rig. There's only one major Drawback, In a live situation it still doesn't compare to the real deal, meaning Tube Driven distortions, real effects produced by a well made guitar, pick up/amp interactive feedback etc,... the sonic quality of a Live Setup is just byfar qualitatively better. Guitar Rig 2 comes very close but it stops at emulation and doesn't veer off the emulated sound. Whereas my Live Rig dynamics have subtle harmonics that go beyond mere processed sound. It's difficult to explain, but everybody I've played for notices the difference. Also, the Noise Reduction feature on Guitar Rig 2 cancels out all those groovy harmonics and sub-harmonics inherent of a live system. Thus, all you get is a predictable processed sound. Kind of Dull for real-time creativity. What I truly like about Guitar Rig 2 is that it does have limitless potential for creating otherworldly sounds that my Live Rig can never produce. I believe these new digital products will become mainstream when the processing becomes real-time. I must admit there are new things I'm learning in sound development with digital processing,.. everyday. So don't take my word for it, go and purchase this item and see for yourself. In all honesty, this IS the future of Sound Processing. Just get a very clean noise free computer, preferably an Intel dual or even Quad processor so that the latency is very minimal. My computer is a dual Processor Intel 6800 and instead of the included soundcard I use a Creative Labs X-Fi Elite Pro, which relieves the CPU from handling all the sound processing work. Heck even the Audigy will do that, and it's in 24 bit, yet cheaper than an EMU card, and better than the card they supply with Rig 2. I also built the system from ground up and modified the case to minimize noise reaching my soundcard. Just make sure to get high -end mini convertor connectors for your guitar-to-Soundcard connections. Or, like me, modify the card. I don't use the pedal cause it adds noise to my setup I tried everything to stop it, even covered everything in copper foil, and used a customized grounding attenuator circuit to cut noise frequencies, but I can still hear a bit of noise with the pedal. Another thing, the Noise Reduction feature also reduces my guitars natural sustain. Not good. For recording and experimentation this product is top quality. The best you'll ever find for home recording or professional studio. OH,.. if Jimi Hendrix were still alive today. Again, for Live stuff, *sigh* maybe in the next version they'll come up with some tube driven hybrid product. Something like that.

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      4.0

      Great Software, Too Pricey

      By quesoso

      from Berkeley, CA

      Guitar Rig 2 is great fun. I like the loop machine and the recording capabilities. The tape deck can slow down tracks without changing pitch, which is a nice feature for transcribing parts. I think it costs too much though... its possible to just buy the software and use some other input device, which may work out better for you if you don't imagine yourself using footswitches or the pedal. The USB connection feels a little loose, like it will come out with just a tiny bit of force. The foam pads under the pedal are low quality, and one of them fell off. Not the greatest construction quality. I wouldn't use this for a gig. Its too cumbersome to boot up your laptop, load the software, and configure your sounds before a gig. Not to mention the latency - I can get the latency down to about 8ms which is okay but not great. If you play keyboard, don't expect to use this at all because the latency is more noticeable. In summary: A great software package with sketchy hardware that's a lot of fun for jamming at home with a friend, but costs too much and isn't suitable for gigging.

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      5.0

      Worth The Moola

      Home recording guy, been playing guitar/bass/vocals over ten years. Currently using Guitar Rig II as my ONLY guitar/bass effect plugin (minus my Waves, of course).Absolute TONS of effect abilities, incredibly easy to use. Newest addition of guitar synth and phase made me the happiest person on EARTH!So anyway, lemme sum this lil guy up for a potential purchaser.PROS: Literally LIMITLESS effect and modeling combinations, with a great team of programmers who clearly are updating it too (very nice). Nice price for what you're getting. Any semi-pro (meaning you don't physically own these effects BIG $$$) recording guy should own this program. CONS: Even with a ballsy computer, I noticed she runs a little hot. You can't do multiple modeling since Guitar Rig uses so much processing live. So recording a track with GRII as an insert can be realllly inadvised (in my opinion).Have fun with this guys/gals, I KNOW I have this puppy is soooo much fun! :)

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