All You Need To Know About the Guitar Rig 3…

NI Guitar Rig 3 Kontrol Edition

NI Guitar Rig 3 Kontrol Edition

Native INstruments finally released the new Guitar Rig 3, not that long ago. The new version is full of new features, and the Kontrol pedal looks great, dark as it is. Here’s the info from NI website: 

NI GUITAR RIG 3 Kontrol Edition is the all-in-one guitar and bass system for performing live on stage and in the studio. Simply connect your guitar and/or bass to your computer via the enhanced Rig Kontrol 3 foot pedal and you are ready to go.

NI Guitar Rig 3 Kontrol Edition

NI’s Guitar Rig 3 software grants you access to an incredible number of perfectly modelled classic amplifiers, cabinets, mics and effects – all arranged in a super-simple drag-and-drop rack format, while the Rig Kontrol 3 USB Foot Controller with on-board studio-quality soundcard provides total control during performance whilst simultaneously routing the output signal to your speakers / amp / PA system etc.

Any style, any time – the ultimate guitar and bass amp and effects modelling system for use live on stage and in professional recording studios.

Sonic Heaven – Amps, Cabs, Mics and Effects

NI Guitars Rig 3 - All Amps

All Amps
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Now featuring models of 12 amplifiers, 17 guitar cabinets and six bass cabinets, four rotary speakers, nine microphones with adjustable positioning and 44 effects – GUITAR RIG 3 sets the tone for excellence. The brand new ‘Matched Cabinet’ feature offers tried and true classic combinations of amps and cabinets allowing you to spend more time playing and less time creating your tone.The sonic palette has also been widened with the addition of four new supreme amplifier models and their matching cabinets and six additional stomp boxes and vintage effects. GUITAR RIG 3’s Dynamic Tube Response Technology® recreates the various amps, cabs, mics and effects in exacting detail, delivering perfect custom tone in seconds.

Back in Black – The Rig Kontrol 3 Foot Controller

NI GUITAR RIG 3 arrives with a stylish new Rig Kontrol 3 for even greater synergy between player and software. Now with eight switches and a sturdy pedal, the real-time control of any parameter within GUITAR RIG 3 is no different than using effects pedals.Integrated into the Rig Kontrol 3 is a hi-end USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface featuring crystal-clear 192 kHz, 24 bit-quality analogue-to-digital converters, meaning GUITAR RIG 3 sounds pristine, and yet is tough and robust enough to thrive in any studio or on any live stage. New coloring, labels and In/Out level meters complete the stunning, updated design.

Rig Kontrol 3 - Foot Controller

Rig Kontrol 3
Foot Controller

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Anyone Can Play Guitar – GUITAR RIG 3 Easier Than Ever

GUITAR RIG 3 not only sounds new, but looks and acts fresh. The redesigned and fully optimised user interface with its enhanced preset management makes GUITAR RIG 3 even more playable, intuitive, and convenient. Designed for stage use, the new and elegant ‘Live View’ displays the most essential assignments and parameters in an ultra-clear format gigging guitarists will appreciate.

Sound Demos

Want to know how good Guitar Rig 3 really sounds? Open the preset player below and listen to our sound demos.

Preset Sound Demos

NI Guitar Rig 3 – In Detail

Choose from the following topics:

New Features (compared with version 2):

New Features Guitar Rig 3 Kontrol Edition contains a wealth of new features including new amp and effect modules, matched cabinets, an improved user-interface, a new Live View and of course – Rig Kontrol 3. More…

Plug and Play: The Presets

The Presets More than 300 presets guarantee top sounds right from the start: the enormous palette of presets offers many different setups and brings you a gigantic selection of useful guitar and bass sounds in many styles – from 50s-70s rock to pop, metal, hard & heavy, from jazz to blues to country and more…


Rig Kontrol 3

The enhanced RIG KONTROL 3 with built-in audio/MIDI interface makes GUITAR RIG 3 an all-in-one solution for guitarists and bass players. Just plug & rock! More…

Player’s Choice: Build Your Dream Rig

Components GUITAR RIG 3 lets you create your dream setup within seconds: just drag and drop your desired amps, cabinets and effects and you’re good to go. More…

Amps, Cabinets and Microphones

Amps, Cabinets and Microphones

GUITAR RIG 3 provides an outstanding selection of amps, cabinets and microphones, which can be freely combined in any order or quantity you desire. More…

Guitar and Bass Effects

Guitar and Bass Effects

44 classic and modern guitar effects are at your disposal: Phaser, chorus, distortion, reverb, delay, wahwah, EQs, compressor, tremolo, octaver, rotator, limiter, noise gate and more…

Modifiers: Modulating Sounds

Modulating Sounds

Use the new Modifier components to rhythmically animate nearly any parameter for completely new sound effects! More…

Loop Machine

Loop Machine

The ultimate phrase-loop and overdub machine for layering up to 99 loops / layers. With unlimited duration, multiple undo/redo, separate export of all layers, tempo sync and much more – perfect to accompany yourself “on-the-fly”. More…

Recording and Playing Along: Tapedecks


With the integrated high-performance tapedecks featuring loop function and independent control over tempo and pitch, GUITAR RIG 3 is also perfect for sessions, for practice and for sketching out song ideas! More…

Top Features

  • Twelve supreme-sounding guitar and bass amps
  • New matched cabinet module provides tried and true classic sounds in seconds
  • 44 perfectly emulated guitar effects
  • 17 guitar and six bass cabinets, four rotary speakers and nine microphones
  • Includes Rig Kontrol 3 foot controller with Audio/MIDI interface
  • Intelligent preset management for fast access to a huge selection of sounds for all styles
  • Essential tools: Integrated tuner, metronome and two tapedeck modules for easy recording
  • Premium special features include a loop machine and powerful modifiers
  • Dedicated “Live View” for performing on stage
  • Dynamic Tube Response Technology® delivers a profound sonic quality


  • Stand-alone
  • VST®
  • ASIO®
  • Audio Units™
  • RTAS® (Pro Tools 7)
  • Core Audio™
  • DirectSound™

System Requirements

  • Mac: Mac OSX 10.4.x, G4 1 GHz or Intel® Core™ Duo 1.66 GHz, 512 MB RAM
  • PC: Windows XP + Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista (32 bit), P III 1 GHz, Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM
  • USB 2.0

The Guitar Rig 3 costs a nifty £349 at Dolphin Music. But considering Guitar Rig has received so many rave reviews and has been used by so many respected names, it’s worth every penny.

Here’s a list of users:

James “Munky” Shaffer

“I have my GUITAR RIG set up on the road with me and in my studio. I can’t get over how incredible my guitars sounds through it. GUITAR RIG is amazing!” – James “Munky” Shaffer of Korn

Stephen Carpenter

“GUITAR RIG is a little box of audio dynamite! There will be many amps, cabinets and effects out there getting jealous over this one! I love this machine!” – Stephen Carpenter of Deftones

Dweezil Zappa

“GUITAR RIG offers endless combinations of tone-shaping tools. The results are truly inspiring and fit precisely into your project” – Dweezil Zappa

Steve Jones

“So you want a great guitar sound? You could sell your house and spend years tracking down all the best vintage amps, pedals, cabinets and mics… not forgetting a truck to move it all around. Oh, and a couple of techs to keep everything working, too. Or you could buy Guitar Rig and just save yourself the trouble. And the money.” – Steve Jones (Air)

View other Guitar Rig users


~ by dolphinblog on October 18, 2007.

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