Native Instruments Guitar Rig

Native Instruments Guitar Rig

Is the free, modular and expandable effects processor from Native Instruments
3.9  (23 votes)
3.8 (See all)

To get their characteristic sound, many professional guitarists and bass players spend great amounts of money on gear, from different types of amps to effect pedals to signal processors. Now, you don't have to spend much money for sounding like them or develop your own sound style. Guitar Rig is a comprehensive set of digital effects for guitar. It includes several effects like distortion, reverb, phaser and delay, as well as different types of amps, each giving you a characteristic sound. Thus, you can make an almost endless amount of combinations. For your convenience the program includes a series of preset combinations, classified by styles and songs whose names remind those of music pieces played by actual rock and pop bands. This way, you can find a preset that allows you to sound like Van Halen, ZZ Top, Carlos Santana and more. Please, take into account that for fully enjoying the program, you will need a good sound card and a high-quality set of speakers.
The demo version of the program stops working after 30 minutes, and has some other limitations. If you want to get rid of all of them, you will need to purchase the full version.

Victor Hernandez
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Review summary


  • Comprehensive.
  • An almost endless amount of combinations.
  • Good presets.


  • Costly.
  • Requires a good sound card and a high-quality set of speakers.
  • The download file is massive.

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CannotHas 2 stars for the way this is freeware. I wanted to use this as a practice amp, hook my rig up to it and run the line that normally goes to the amp into the computer and use VirtuAmp. The delay between the time I strum to the time the sound comes is far too delayed. It's not a problem with the sound card either.
Thanks for the work on it, thanks for putting it under the GNU license. But to me it's not useful.

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