Guitar Rig Tutorial

GUITAR RIG 5 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Introduction & Setup

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    Welcome to Guitar Rig 5 Explained! Guitar Rig is an effects plug-in that has evolved tremendously over the years. Not only is it a high quality Amp, Cabinet and Effects Simulator for guitar players, but it also hosts an array of extremely powerful creative effects that can be used regularly in the studio.

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    Installation Overview

    Guitar Rig can come either as a standalone product, or bundled with the Rig Kontrol hardware or KOMPLETE software. Learn how to authorize them using the NI Service Center.

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    Configuring Preferences

    Explore the Preferences Window and learn how to set up your Audio And Midi Hardware for use in Guitar Rig.

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    Interface Overview

    Learn everything about navigating through the Guitar Rig 5 interface and discover the hidden views like Live View and the virtual Rig Kontrol. We'll take a look at the Sidekick view and learn the different sections.

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    Global Header Section

    Learn all about the Global Header Section and how to set up Input Volumes, our Noise Gate, and set the Output Volume. We'll also take a look at the CPU Usage Meter and High Quality Mode.

Chapter 2 : Component Overviews

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    Rack View

    In this section we'll learn how to Add, Replace, and Delete Modules into the Rack view by selecting the components from the Sidekick Window. We can enable and disable components in the Rack View. Learn how to customize your signal flow by moving components within the Rack View.

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    Rack Tools Pt. 1

    Here we'll take a look at the Rack View Toolbar to activate our Metronome, Tuner, Tapedecks, and Master Effects Modules. Also see how we can minimize the Rack view modules for easy navigation, and how we can reset the Rack View. We'll start by taking a deeper look into the two Tapedeck modules that we have available.

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    Rack Tools Pt. 2

    Learn all about the Metronome, Tuner, Preset Volume, and Master FX components.

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    Amplifier Modules

    Explore the various Amp Modules that are available to us and learn how we can further modify their behavior by adjusting the Expert Controls. Learn all about Power Supply, Variac, Sag, and Bias Options to see what kind of effect they have on our sound.

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    Cabinet Modules

    Up until now we've been using the Matched Cabinets for our amplifiers that get automatically loaded when we select an amplifier. This section we'll be exploring the various Cabinet And Mic Options that we have available to us.

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    Effects Modules

    Discover the variety of different Effects Modules and see how we can use Additional Effects to enhance our guitar sound. Discover additional features in the Expert Settings.

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    Modifiers & Special Tools

    See how we can use Modifier Modules to modulate the different controls in our rig and we'll take look at some of the Special Tools we have that can really take our rig to the next level.

Chapter 3 : Additional Features

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    Creating & Managing Presets

    In this section we'll learn how to Create A Preset from the Rig we created and learn how to Tag And Organize them to make them easy to locate in the Presets Module in the Sidekick View. Learn how to Share And Import Presets with other Guitar Rig users and explore how you can create Set Lists for using Guitar Rig in your Live Setup.

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    MIDI Control

    Make Guitar Rig even more flexible by integrating MIDI. Discover how we can Enable, Disable, And Adjust virtually every parameter of our rig by using MIDI. Learn how to integrate MIDI in combination with the Virtual Rig control to create your own Foot Pedal for Live Use.

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    Creative Uses

    In this section we'll take a look at a few different ways that Guitar Rig can be used creatively. We'll learn how we can create Flexible Effects using the Container Component, and take a deeper look into using a Convolution Reverb Component to load your own Cabinet and Microphone Impulse Responses.

Product Overview

GUITAR RIG 5 expert Dave Askew takes you on a journey to the center of Native Instruments GUITAR RIG 5! Truly an entire guitar studio in a box, you'll learn all about legendary guitar and bass amplifiers, cabinets, vintage stompboxes and cutting edge effects processors, so you create any guitar sound you can imagine!

Dave starts with an overview, showing you the potential of GUITAR RIG 5, then guides you on installing the software and explaining the GR5 interface. From there, you'll learn how to set up GUITAR RIG to your liking using the Global Parameters.

Next, dive into the nerve center of GUITAR RIG: the Rack View, where you'll learn to build your own rigs. Dave then explores the vast amounts of Amplifier, Cabinet, Effects, and Modulation Components at your disposal. Wrapping it up, you'll discover Advanced Preset Management and MIDI Control Techniques in the final videos.

Whether you're new to GUITAR RIG or an expert who wants to go deeper, watch "GUITAR RIG 5 Explained" and start building your dream rig.

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GUITAR RIG 5 Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 25 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful. Very thorough.
Date published: 2021-07-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant. Incredible series. Never realised there was so much to Guitar Rig. Well explained, in depth and enjoyable course covering this amazing plugin.
Date published: 2020-10-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wish i watched this years ago I've had guitar rig for forever and just recently started getting into full audio production. I'm enrolled in courses for Ableton and Sound design so I figured i'd sign up for this site and learn all of the plugins I have while I am it. So far not disappointed in any of them!
Date published: 2020-10-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Once again the quality of your tutorials are excellent, the beauty of them is if you don't quite understand you can go back until it clicks into place. Thanks again, Graham
Date published: 2020-06-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I can now use Guitar Rig 5 Before watching this tutorial, I was completely lost in the software's GUI and had no clue from where to begin. I am not a very big fan of reading manuals because simply I don't have the patience and time. Now with this tutorial, I can navigate between different sections and select presets easily. It's well organised in order from start to finish. Well done !!
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Explained very well Explained very well, it's very useful
Date published: 2020-03-29
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Wow Helpfull stuff, thanks
Date published: 2020-02-19
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Simply left me with wanting more... Just completed the "GUITAR RIG 5 Explained" videos, and I first have the following comments: 05-GlobalHeaderSection 1:34: Would configuring the output level not be best achieved using an empty Rack? 06-RackView 1:25: The Guitar Rig 5 Getting Started English manual, page 25 refers to the colour as "orange". 07-RackToolsPt1 6:55 Should mention be made here of the Play option of the TAPEDECK PRE? My comments Overall, I was impressed by the overall viewing quality of the videos. However, I must say I was somewhat disappointed at the overall content. Much, if not most of the video content is available in the provided documentation, and I was hoping for further details on information that was not to be found in that documentation - for example, on preset management. Though I am new to Guitar Rig, I am not new to amp sims and the plug regarding "Whether you're new to GUITAR RIG or an expert who wants to go deeper, watch 'GUITAR RIG 5 Explained' and start building your dream rig" - this video series is really geared more towards the beginner. All-in-all, this video series really left me with the sensation of simply "wanting more"!
Date published: 2020-01-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Invaluable reference Getting right to the point this is a great tutorial, learned things I did not know quickly.
Date published: 2019-09-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is what I was looking for!!! I've always thought Guitar rig is a great software, but somehow underrated. I think it's midi capabilities, easy of use and configurable options make Guitar rig a killer software for the studio and, for me, the most important thing is, to go "live" with a minimum setup, as a solo artist. By the way, this tutorial was really easy to understand and so well explained!!! Thank you Groove 3
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Tutorials! Guitar Rig 5 explained well..
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Guitar Rig 5 Explained This tutorial was very clear and concise.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from A little rushed in the second half. The video series started out good but as it went along, it seemed like the author was rushing to get everything in. I would have liked to see the topics in the last half of the series explained a little more in depth.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very excellent jump start !! This was exactly what I was looking for. I could use a bit deeper help, but this got me started.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excellent succinct and very thorough
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial! Very Thorough and well explained
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I really know my way around now! Very thorough and approachable series. It seems like it should have taken part of one day to go through this, but it took me three. I kept stopping every time I was shown something and had fun playing with it. Oh, that's easy, let me try. I know how to load presets, alter presets, create and save my own presets, how to share and import them. Very valuable stuff. One thing of note not covered. I'm a keyboard player who does everything in the box. It just dawned on me that I can take one of the many virtual guitar instruments I have and turn off all it's internal effects and glean from that a DI signal to play along with articulations. It works really well, although not likely as well as using a real guitar. BUT IT WORKS, and this approach could have been mentioned as a workable compromise. Great series, makes me feel competent to go forward. I wish I could say that about every tutorial I've watched about products. Bang up job.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Guitar Rig 5 Tutorial Wonderfull tutorial very explanatory
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and comprehensive I've used GR5 Pro for some time but these videos revealed many more functions that I hadn't found myself.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful!!! well explained! got me just what i needed about the programm
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Pro presentation, great content Well organized, thorough, great presenter. Focus is on the software. It doesn't talk about live use very much but I'm not sure how much that it matters.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great usable product ! I needed help understanding new software quickly & efficiently . Groove 3 " Guitar rig5 explained" got me where I need to be and fast !
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great video Really love the way GR5 is set up. Very easy to use and the video Guitar Rig 5 Explained is perfect to get things moving quickly. Covers everything in detail.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Pretty dang on good very helpful to get some good tones out of guitar rig
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well done Very complete and easy to understand. Just the right amount of information.
Date published: 2016-08-30
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