Guitar Rig is an amp and effects modeling software package developed by Native Instruments. Primarily designed for electric guitar and bass, the software uses amplifier modeling to allow real-time digital signal processing in both standalone and studio (VST/DXi/RTAS/AU) environments.[1] It was originally released in mid-2004.[2]

Guitar Rig
Guitar Rig version 5
Guitar Rig version 5
Developer(s)Native Instruments
Initial release2004
Stable release
5.2.2 / September 1, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-09-01)
Operating systemmacOS, Microsoft Windows
TypeGuitar multi-effects processor


The Guitar Rig environment is a modular system, providing capabilities for multiple amplifiers, effects pedals and rack mounted hardware. The software simulates a number of devices such as preamplifiers, cabinets and microphones under pseudonyms (such as renaming the Shure SM57 as the "Dynamic 57").

The system allows customisation of module parameters – either through manipulation of the graphical interface, use of a MIDI controller or employment of the RigKontrol foot control pedal. Settings can be saved as presets and exported and shared with other users. Version 3 included a redesigned interface to allow improved preset categorisation and customised interfaces for "live" use.[3]

Before version 3 was released, the graphical user interface simulated amplifier logos and design construction. In version 3, this was replaced with a generic name in the default Guitar Rig typeface.

Rig Kontrol

The Rig Kontrol is a foot-operated USB and MIDI controller. It contains an audio interface and DI box,[4] allowing integration with live sound environments.

The device can operate Guitar Rig using eight switches and an expression pedal. Earlier versions of the device contained only six switches and an expression pedal, and did not support interfacing functionality.[5]


  1. ^ White, Paul (September 2004). "Native Instruments Guitar Rig". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  2. ^ "Guitar Rig gets a tune-up". Sound on Sound. 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  3. ^ "Native Instruments Announces Kontakt 3 And Guitar Rig 3 Software". Harmony Central. 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2009-07-18.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Inglis, Sam (December 2007). "Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  5. ^ Inglis, Sam (February 2006). "Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2009-07-18.

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