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Native Instruments Guitar Rig Pro 5 Review

Guitar Rig to the Power of 5 Within a few years, Guitar Rig has become a reference in the world of guitar amps and effects simulation. The fourth version, which saw the light of day about two years ago, already brought major sound quality improvements with itself thanks to the new –however limited— Control Room feature... Can the German manufacturer surprise us with this fifth version? Read on... read more…

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 4 Review

Guitar Rig 4 Bends Over Backwards 4 U Native Instruments' virtual guitar and bass amp comes back for the fourth time with more amp simulations and effects than ever before and a very promising control room section... New functions in an overview. read more…

User reviews on Native Instruments Guitar Rig products

Killer Tone at a Killer Price! (Native Instruments - Guitar Rig 5 Player)

By jonoftheshred88, 08/07/2014
Guitar Rig 5 is the ultimate guitar effects VST / amp simulator I've ever used. With an easy-to-navigate interface and a plethora of diverse sounds, Guitar Rig 5 is a formidable beast in any guitarists arsenal. Not to mention the customization capabilities are both fun and educational.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Guitar Rig 5 works exceptionally well in my DAW. In applying additional FX to Guitar Rig, I experience no CPU spikes, just a killer tone I'm grateful to have at such a low price. Not trying to make this a sales pitch or anything, I've just used this program extensively for several albums, and hundreds of songs by now, I imagine. I use it exclusively for solo guitar recordings.

OVERALL OPINION

The best part about Guitar Rig 5 is the ease of use. This is the best alternative I've found to recording microphone-to-amplifier. That process can be tedious, and microphones are expensive - this I can plug right into my audio interface and get the sound and levels I want with way less of a hassle. I highly recommend Guitar Rig 5.
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Definitly, a MUST HAVE for every guitarist! (Native Instruments - Guitar Rig 4 Pro)

By Dargor, 25/07/2014
So far as I tried it, there were no compatibility issues at all. The tricky part comes from the configuration setup. You'll have to play with the Audio and MIDI setup options in order to have it working properly, so my advise it'll be to check to several tutorials while you first use it, since the ASIO drivers could be a real pain in the neck, depending on the computer that you're using.
As regards the manual, if you're a guitarist used to just "plug and play", then you'll not understand a bit from it. If you have real technical knowledge, it's really helpful and very simple to read. Every single detail from the program is there.
Besides all that, the interface it's very user-friendly and very intuitive as well.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Once it's properly setup, it's AMAZING. It may have some latency due to the ASIO software drivers, but this can be solved by acquiring an external audio card. Works like a charm with my Lexicon Alpha.
Stability problems? Not at all. No freezes, no crashes, no nothing! It's just like it's previous version, but with a few more options.
Performance it's outstanding. You can select from the several presets from the program and even create your own ones. Several amps, delays, reverbs, filters to choose from! From a Bon Scott AC/DC sound to the Richard Z. Kruspe Rammstein's sound (which is included as the Rammfire preset and it's great for metal playing).
I've been using it for a few years now and it became a vital part of my guitar compositions.

OVERALL OPINION

Sound quality? EXCELLENT. I used to have the GR3 and I find this one better in every single aspect. At first it may sound a little bit synthetized, but with a few adjustments works great. The more you use it, the more you learn from it, and the more you love it. It's a great product, and although it can be used as a stand-alone software, it's also recommended to get the Rig Kontrol foot pedal to get the best of it. Yes, it can be used with another MIDI foot pedal, but the Rig Kontrol was made for this program and viceversa, so that says it all.

As a Native Instruments user, I couldn't expect less from them. Great sound quality, everything adjustable and customizable to the user's needs and preferrences, very intuitive user interface and outstanding performance.
Worths every single cent and more, not to mention the free presets that can be downloaded straight from the Native Instrumens website.
Excellent option for both studio recording and live performance.

As a final thought, if you have the chance to get this software, don't hesitate. You won't regret it!
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Average (Native Instruments - Guitar Rig 5 Pro)

By azertyvince, 19/08/2014
Nothing to add.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

It sounds pretty dull on monitoring speakers. The sound doesn't cut through.
The lows are scanty.
It's obvious, you'd say, since monitoring speakers have a flat response.

Nevertheless, you'd think manufacturers do their modelings with this type of speakers in acoustically treated studios.
Unless it's my room, which isn't treated (although I have a room-correction system).
It's beyond me.

It sounds better on my AKG studio headphones (which are a bit flattering).

I still haven't tested it with my amp's return (I'm on it).

OVERALL OPINION

I tested it one day.
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A must-have (Native Instruments - Guitar Rig 4 Pro)

By julian_r7, 19/09/2014
I first approached Guitar Rig when I was taking my first steps in mixing and mastering, and even then it was quite easy for me to load the plugin and get it to work on Nuendo or as a Standalone. I've tried it in a good number of PCs with no compatibility issues. The only problem that may arise, as with every software of the kind, is compatibility issues between your sound card, and the ASIO drivers.

The graphic nature of Guitar Rig makes the manual almost useless, in my opinion. The fact that the pedals and boxes are stacked as in a visible traditional guitar rack helps to easily put order to long chains of effects. As for the software itself if doesn't have much options or menus to deal with, so you'll find yourself mastering Guitar Rig in a short time without ever resorting to the manual.

You can work with presets or build a whole set of FX from scratch. Most of the times, for practicing, quick demo recordings, etc, the presets will be more than enough (there are a good deal and they are quite the first thing you get access to).


SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Performance is amazing. I've only found issues with Guitar Rig when I've really overloaded my computer. That being said, it puts a strain on any DAW to run more than a couple of GR instances, or running instances with tons of effects. I've been using Guitar Rig since GR3, and the quality of the software improved dramatically with the fourth version, as did the sound and the available effects.

I've never gotten the Rig Control (the pedal that was made particularly for this piece of software) but I understand you can replace it with any MIDI pedal. In any case, the Rig Control was especially designed for this, so it should work best.

OVERALL OPINION

The sound is nice and some of the presets are really well crafted. The ironic titles give away the kind of sound that they should recreate, and I was surprised to see how many actually nailed it. I think that Guitar Rig is an amazing tool because of its simplicity. I've tried other guitar software before, but I've only stuck with GR and Amplitube.

I actually work with a combination of Guitar Rig and Amplitube: after the initial surprise at the sheer amount of effect GR offers wears down, you'll find that some of them sound a kind of plastic. It is essential to be willing to tweak the knobs a little bit if you are willing to get something near to a professional sound. It is also essential to understand that, while GR may excel when it comes to quick recordings and such, you will need to use it in combination with other software in order to get a high standard sound.
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