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GUITAR RIG 3 lets you get a combination of stacks, cabs, and effects you can always rely on without ever leaving your home. If you're looking for the sound of vintage cabs and amps for your bass or guitar but don't have the time or money to go searching the local equipment stores Native Instruments Guitar Rig can set you up and help you avoid what may possibly be unreliable used equipment. The new version of this popular software delivers 12 amps, 17 guitar and 6 bass amps, 4 rotary speakers, and 9 microphones with adjustable positioning and 44 effects via your computer.
Note: All customers who purchase this product after 7/1/09 will receive a free downloadable update to Guitar Rig 4 Pro software, which will be released October 1.
Four of the new amp models worth mentioning are the Ultrasonic, Citrus, High White, and the Tweed Delight. Ultrasonic is a two-channel amp with a more modern sound, ultra-high gain, and a range in tonal qualities from clean to extreme metal. Citrus gives you the sound of the 70s, British invasion-style, offering full, warm sounds to "granular" distortion. The virtual 100 watts of the High White will have you playing in the sonic vein of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Pete Townsend (The Who), and other British lead guitar stalwarts. The delight of Tweed Delight is it's simplicity. Despite having only three knobs, this amp, inspired by an American legend, runs the gamut from glass-clear to wailing blues.
The six new effects you 'll get are Sledge Hammer, a hammering overdrive/distortion-effect; Ring Modulator for the classic Ring-Mod effect; a Custom EQ and Vintage EQ; RealWah which emulates a modern wah-wah pedal; TapeEcho which gives your sound that left-field, outer space feel; and Delay Man, a delay effect with built-in chorus and vibrato. There's still 38 more time-based, modulation, distortion, overdrive, filter, and volume effects to play with, as well as a split module, crossover mix devices. You also get five modulators, a loop machine, and virtual tapedecks for helping you work on song ideas.
An on-board studio-quality soundcard routes the signal to your speakers where the drag-and-drop rack format and enhanced preset management system allows you to discover what combination works best for your sonic needs. There's no sound engineering experience necessary. This latest offering of GUITAR RIG comes with a "Matched Cabinet" feature that offers tried-and-true, classic combinations of amps and cabinets to make finding that "one sound" stress-free. The software's Dynamic Tube Response Technology recreates the various amps, cabs, mics, and effects in exacting detail, delivering perfect custom tone in seconds.
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Background: I was using a Mesa Triaxis, SimulClass 2:90, G-Force, Descriminator ProRackG, Rack CryBaby Custom Shop, pair of 1x12 Mesa cabs and a number of "small" items. The sound is phenomenal!!!BUT!!! Programming, noise, cost, portability, and cables were killing my music playing and turning me into a "rack tech"... I was finding little time to acutally play and more time programming systems.I decided to go into the digital world and check out some of the gear. I started with a Line 6 StompModeler and it worked poorly compared to the Triaxis as it put a LOT of noise into the system. I was constantly messing with the Descriminator to kill the noise and was very unhappy with the distortions.Next - I have a really nice Peavey PA system and figured I'd give the "direct to PA" gadgets a shot. So I got the Line 6 X3 Live. This was not horrible, but still had a lot of problems with noise (you can gate it, but it's a constant fight). Also, doing a pinch harmonic on the guitar was almost impossible (poor harmonic reproduction). But I was now hooked on the idea of trying to get rid of this monster rack I have. I started looking at possible "tube" floor systems. When I came accross this...I was goofing around on the internet and came accross the Guitar Rig 3 "stuff". I downloaded the demo version and ran my Les Paul through a Mackie Onyx Satellite AD/DA pre. At first, the sound was a little hollow (missing harmonics like tube gear - But WAY better than Line 6), but after a little tinkering with the software, I was able to match my Triaxis sounds, no problem. Ok... worth giving a shot... but still skeptical.Next was to move from my Dual Core Dell laptop to my monster desktop in my jam warehouse. My IT guy and I put together an identical spec'd Dell Precision WinXP Pro desktop from TigerDirect w/ Quad processor, 4G mem, firewire, usb, and a good vid card. This computer smokes.NOW WAS THE TEST! Live performance through the Satellite AD/DA converter through this software and into the PA.RESULTS:I have 2ms latency (the biggest issue with running this live - for me anything higher than 5ms is noticable - though I hear the magic number is 7ms) and the cab sims are fantastic. Everybody is amazed that I am getting this through software. I am too frankly, but now there is no turning back.Conlusion:Ok... so you need a REALLY good computer to run this live, but I spent WAY more money in gear than I would the BEST computer, AD/DA, and this software. Next - I purchased a Mackie 400F to replace the Satellite AD/DA (waiting on that as I write). I have now replaced over 300lbs of gear with a single 4-rack SKB box that weighs in at 20lbs. That includes: Monster Power PRO25000 line conditioner, Korg DTR-2000 Tuner (though this software has a tuner in it), Mackie 400F AD/DA Firewire pre, and a Shure SLX4 wireless.This config ROCKS the house. I can play anything and any sound I want. REALLY! If you have the budget - This is the future.P.S. - I didn't opt for the "floor" package as I have a Ground Control Pro midi controller. Works great for this. And programming is SIMPLE! I didn't trust the AD/DA in the floor unit for the price either - just too cheap to put all of that in and have great Preamps, AD/DA converter and a full blown midi controller with expression pedal. But I haven't actually tried it so I may be wrong.
I had the previous Guitar Rig 2 and therefore I was expecting much of the same with the third installment. However, I was really happy with the actual program. I just purchased a Digitech GNX4 a couple weeks ago and I find myself preferring GR3. They've updated a lot of the sounds, the interface is much user friendly, I'm excited to record music with it.
Guitar Rig 3 like 1 and 2 have constantly caused me to spent days getting it to work. And there tech support is horrible.