GUITAR RIG 5 PRO is the ultimate software solution for perfect custom tone with more amps, more effects and more creative potential than ever before, all in a powerful and intuitive virtual effects rack.
The latest version includes two essential new high-gain amps, six powerful new effects, and 19 new cabinets – exquisitely modeled in stunning sonic detail. And for complete custom control and a new level of realism, GUITAR RIG 5 PRO gives you the all-new Control Room Pro. Premium sound quality, maximum flexibility and total control for guitar, bass and more.
17 Supreme Amps & 27 Cabinets The GUITAR RIG 5 PRO software offers 17 legendary guitar and bass amplifiers, modeled with the exacting precision of NATIVE INSTRUMENTS’ award-winning Dynamic Tube Response Technology. Including the original multi-channel designs and model-specific tweaking options, these amps convey the character, charm and feel of their real-world counterparts, with a vast arsenal of tried-and-true tones for all genres.
Every single amp has its own matched cabinet. This harmonized amp/speaker setup is easy to use yet super-flexible, providing you with classic sounds in seconds. And the Control Room Pro gives you even more options, with a total of 27 exquisite cabinet models to choose from.
The Ultimate Effects Rack
Choose from 54 effects – immaculate emulations of boutique stompboxes and studio rackmount processors alongside specialist devices, custom built for GUITAR RIG. This comprehensive, rich and diverse collection harnesses the flexibility and power of digital effects processing, with a range and ease-of-use that hardware can’t match. Create breath-taking effects chains, from custom mix racks to exotic sonic monoliths. In full stereo, with a powerful modulation framework.
The latest additions include added sidechaining and the new Container module, for creating multi FX with instant performance controls.
GUITAR RIG 5 PRO gives you two options for mixing your tone:
1. Control Room points eight perfectly-aligned mics at a cabinet of your choice – your own studio engineer for instant pro settings.
2. Control Room Pro digs deeper – arm each track of the 8-track mixer with your own choice of cabinet, mics and positioning. That’s eight custom setups at once, for the ultimate in extravagant sonic fine-tuning.
GUITAR RIG KONTROL combines the GUITAR RIG 5 PRO software with a rock-solid foot controller plus integrated low-latency audio interface. Ideal for studio or stage. The RIG KONTROL pedalboard is also available individually.
GUITAR RIG KONTROL is the supreme all-in-one tool for guitar and bass, combining the GUITAR RIG 5 PRO software with an ultra-flexible pedalboard controller and audio interface. Plug into RIG KONTROL, and you’re ready to go.
The on-board studio-quality audio interface captures every detail of your instrument and playing style, while the software provides an incredible collection of perfectly modeled classic amps, cabinets, mics and effects – all in a super-simple drag-and-drop rack format. Any style, any time – the perfect solution for professional studio and live setups.
Eight metal footswitches and a rock-solid expression pedal provide intense, immediate control, and the integrated USB 2.0 audio interface provides pristine 24-bit/192kHz sound. Latency won’t get in your way, thanks to updated audio drivers, and RIG KONTROL communicates directly with the GUITAR RIG software with no extra setup. Just install the software, hook up RIG KONTROL, plug in your instrument and start playing.
Drag-and-drop to assign effects to RIG KONTROL’s switches and pedal, and save your assignments as a custom preset.
Use the new Container module to create multi-effects and modify multiple effect parameters with a single controller e.g. control delay time, delay feedback and delay wet/dry with one pedal movement.
Two inputs allow you to use two instruments simultaneously – connect a guitar and a bass, two guitars or any combination you want. Both signals are processed in full stereo, and you can regulate the gain level on each input.
The headphone socket has its own volume control for monitoring. The stereo master output toggles between low and high output levels.
MIDI and More
RIG KONTROL is a fully-fledged MIDI controller. You can use it to control specific functions in your DAW – to start and stop recording, for example. The Controller Editor lets you build your own MIDI assignments for any hardware/software set-up.
If you need additional buttons, knobs or faders, connect your favorite controller to RIG KONTROL’s MIDI port. You also get two pedal inputs for additional expression pedals or switches.
|Audio Inputs (A/D)|
|Sample Rate:||44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 kHz|
|Input Impedance:||1 mOhm|
|Full Scale Level at Maximum Gain:||– 11,5 dBu|
|SNR (weighted):||100 dBu (ADC)|
|Frequency Response:||2+/- 0,5dB . 20 Hz – 24 kHz|
|Dynamic Range:||105 dB (ADC)|
|Input Impedance:||44 kOhm|
|Full Scale Level at Maximum Gain:||-5,5 dBu|
|Maximum Input Level:||+16 dBu|
|SNR (weighted):||>100 dB|
|SNR:||-97 dBu (A-weighted)|
|Frequency Response:||+/- 0,5 dB . 20 Hz – 36 kHz|
|Dynamic Range:||105 dB (ADC)|
Native Instruments have been pretty quite when it comes to Guitar Rig since the release of version 4 2 years ago with only a minor update along the way but just as I thought NI had forgotten about us amp modelling loving guitarists they announce Guitar Rig 5 Pro which comes loaded with a couple of stunning new amps and cabinets and a huge update to the Control Room.
Let’s talk about the new amps first: the two additions to an already versatile collection are the VAN 51 (based on the Peavey 5150) and the Hot Solo+ (based on the Soldano Hot Rod 50 Plus). Both of these as you probably know are high gain amps which Guitar Rig 4 was lacking a little with the majority of amp models based on Plexi’s and classic Fender amps so this comes as a welcome addition to the Gratifier (Mesa Dual Rectifier style amp) and the Ultrasonic (Bogner Uberschall).
I thought the best way to introduce these two new amps would be to record a demo of them in action so first up here is the VAN 51, I couldn’t resist trying to dial in some classic Van Halen tones before moving on to some heavier examples and then the clean channel including the crunch mode:
Next up is the Hot Solo+ which has a lot of definition even with the gain cranked up, I tried to demonstrate how you get clear note separation with high gain settings as well as showing the spank of the clean channel. For a bit of fun I concluded the demo by multi-tracking the intro of Lamb Of God’s ‘Broken Hands’ using slightly different settings for the two rhythm and single lead guitar channel over a drum track.
Control Room Pro is a very welcome upgrade that allows you to choose from 27 cabinets, up to 16 microphones and up to three mic positions. Once you have loaded the cabinets and mics you want you can then switch to the Mixer view to balance everything to perfection. The mixer also includes a dedicated treble and bass control and all of the impulses are provided by Redwirez.
Guitar Rig already had a pretty comprehensive collection of effects modules but there are six new modules added to version 5.
Native Instruments have also created a cut down version of Guitar Rig 5 Pro called Guitar Rig 5 Player, this version includes a single amp model, the excellent modded Plexi called “Jump” which is a great base for creating your tone and then 17 cabinet emulations and 13 effects to help create the tones you desire. Check out what effects are included in this version here. Guitar Rig 5 Player also comes with a demo of the full Pro version but it will only run for 30 minutes, which is more than enough time to have you reaching for your credit card.
With amp emulation getting better and better with every release Native Instruments are helping guitarists all around the world get exactly the tones they want without having to spend thousands on amps, effects, speakers and mics and make recording a simple and speedy process. In fact I recently read that Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen uses Guitar Rig when he is recording. While you can use Guitar Rig live with the Kontrol foot controller it does obviously mean using a laptop which may concern many people because we all know how evil computers can be just when you need them most, but for home studio use I think Guitar Rig is a must have.
Review from Jon at Guitar Noize