Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1

Guitar Rig 1, Software Amp Simulator from Native Instruments in the Guitar Rig series.

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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 19 reviews )
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stompboxjon's review"Huge fan of Guitar Rig"

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
When Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1 came out, I was very excited to get it. It has come along ways since version one but still version 1 was what set the ground floor for everything after that. When I purchased it , it came with a Rig Kontrol foot pedal /controller to give the real feel of a foot pedal. I did have some issues with getting the foot pedal to work right on my Windows computer at the time; I think I was running Windows XP. I had to jump through all sorts of loops to get it to work right but after about 30 minutes of trouble shooting I had it figured it. But the software installed great and I was able to load up the plug in without any issues.


There are a bunch of presets that are copied from major songs in Guitar Rig, I didn’t like using them because they sound so identical to the actual sound of the song it felt like I was copying but it definitely would use the presets to build off of and create something new from. The cabinet and microphone can be altered in different settings with the microphone positioning giving a completely different sound. The amps that inspired Guitar Rig 1 are the Mesa/Boogie Rectifier and the Marshal Plexi 50W.


When Guitar Rig 2 came out I was able to have both of them installed simultaneously because they were two completely different programs. But when version 3 came out for some reason it got installed over version 1 and 2 which I was very upset about because I lost all of my custom presets and never got them back. Now I am running Guitar Rig 5 and love using. It is one of my favorite plug ins of all times, I use it on my instrument and drum tracks to try out new things. I do wish Native Instruments to spend some time creating presets that are not so based off of “popular” songs because sometimes I feel like they overdue it. But none the less, this is one of my favorite plug ins to work with.

moosers's review

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
Native Instruments' Guitar Rig is the first version of the popular guitar modeling software. I've also used the newer versions of the software but first used this one a number of years ago now. I don't remember having any issues with installation, but that's about as much as I can remember from it now. Learning to use Guitar Rig isn't too hard, but it's definitely going to take a little bit of use and isn't the type of software where you'll immediately understand everything right off the bat. It's not too far off from this but I still remember needing a little bit of time to become fully comfortable with it. The presets are a good way to get started with it as it gives you some great sounds and starting points without having to have too much knowledge about it. The manual might be a good idea if you've just bought it and are looking to learn all the ins and outs of it, but I haven't seen it for myself.


When I was running Native Instruments Guitar Rig, I was doing so in Cubase SX and on a Hewlett Packard Pavilion dv8000 Notebook. The computer consisted of a 3.0 Ghz processor and 2 GB of RAM. Guitar Rig definitely takes up a good amount of processing power, especially on a system like the I one I was using it on. I am now running Guitar Rig 2 in Pro Tools on my Mac Book Pro and it runs a lot smoother than this version did on my old computer.


Native Instruments Guitar Rig was definitely a great first effort for this series of guitar modeling effects and processors. It's great in it's own right but the newer versions definitely sound better and run smoother in my opinion. If you can get a cheap version of the original Guitar Rig it might be worth it, but if that's not a factor you should definitely go with one of the newer versions. The effects in here are for the most part pretty realistic, but in general virtual guitar processing is only going to take you so far. If you rely totally on Guitar Rig for your sounds I think you'll suffer a little bit, but if you use it in tandem with real amps and effects, it's going to sound better of course. I didn't use this with the controller, but if you buy it new it will come with that. Guitar Rig in all of it's forms is software every DAW owner and guitar player should be at least aware of.

mtebaldi's review"Native Instruments Guitar Rig"

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
I'm a drummer. I'm originally from Brazil. I play in a band called Glint.

This was a recommendation from my brother whose a guitar player. I purchased this software a couple of years ago and I've being surprised with how much you can do with it since. This piece of software simulates various amps, microphones and effects, including distortion, reverb, modulation and equalization. It simulates so perfectly that it will make you sound like a couple grand, literally, reproducing famous microphones like Shure and Neumann and amps like Fender and Marshall. I've recorded not only guitars through it, you can do a lot with drums and vocal tracks as well.
You will find this software in the market for a price of $99, not including the control pedal or interface (both parts of the guitar rig pro package).

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I would say the great advantage of owning this software is the ability of getting the sound of your guitar or bass through all these well known brands of amps, mics and effects without having to owning them. It probably it would cost you a few grand to have a real version of every single one. Besides that, all the customization you can do with it, gives you great ways to achieve the sound you are looking for.

These are the requirements for this products: Windows® XP (SP2, 32bit) / Vista® (32/64 Bit), Windows 7® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM and#8232;Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.66 GHz, 1 GB RAM

For it's price, owning a copy of this software is a great buy. For guitar and bass players into the home studio music production.

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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
Tons of cool features to play around with. Lots of cool presets with awesome effects. I love the audio player built in. You can load a song, and jam along with it. You can even slow down the song and keep the pitch, so you can learn guitar parts very easily. You can also basically build your own Guitar Rig with lots of different effects, amps and cabs. Everything is tweakable too.

Price paid: $449 USD

Very easy to use. Just plug in and go!


Cleans sound great through the computer. Throught the computer Distortion is ok, but not as good as IK multimedia's Amplitube. I often overdub guitar with this program and it really thickens up the guitar sound. When you put the distortion through an amp however, it sounds like crap. Really thin and weak.

The rig control seems well built. Works fine. The program works fine too, except it is a MAJOR cpu hog. Watch out when you put the vst version in your channel.


It is a vital part of my studio. I use it alot for practicing at night, and for fattening up guitar parts. This program rocks!

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Posted by: moogman ( 7-, 2005)

nrtml's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Guitar Rig 2 to play live"

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
Hyper installation simple, the pedal is the sound card, you just report it to the computer.
We need the internet to get the key to unlock the version, otherwise it stays in demo.


MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 180 GB HDD The sound card is not the issue, since it is the pedal of Guitar Rig 2, which is sound card.
Connecting pedals USB 2.
it crashes ever, no latency of sound. When giving a helping pick on the guitar, the sound is right there.


I use it since 2007, first version 1, with the pedal, then the 2, also corresponding with the pedal, then 3, with the pedal 2. Well, there was still a problem between versions 1 and 2, because in the version 1 is the sound card of the computer that was working, the pedal was a pilot. In Version 2, is the pedal that makes driver and also the sound card. So we are left with the pedal version 1 that is useless.

I use it mostly live, rehearsals and concerts.
I connect a guitar (Shergold modulator 3, or melodymaker Gibson), first in a Proco Rat and in the lobby of the pedal, it appears in a bass amp Marshall JCM 800 series, with matching 4X12 cabinet.
I use the effects and amps, rarely firms. The sound and the possibilities are noisy at will. The ring modulator with the expression pedal kills more surely than a sniper. The Psychedelay also does damage. The pitchpedal sending you direct deathmétalland. The ultrasonic you saturate the atmosphere. The octave you dropped 2 floors. The layers of effects can be controlled very well from the pedal to 6 switches (including an expression pedal). You can record, sampler, rebalance loops, sequence effects.
My concern is not its accuracy, but the production of layers of sound (besides, I plug a Korg Monotron also in there). The range goes from very sharp sound of the wah and the Ring to the very serious of the octave and the pitch. Therefore the amp that the cash thing. After a few trials directly into the sound, ultimately very disappointing, with little momentum, the passage through a tube amp suits me perfectly. For me, Guitar Rig is a infinite effect rack which saves me having two meters of Electro-Harmonix pedals and Death by Audio in front of the shoes.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
The installation will make no particular problem

Demo works pretty well if you do very easy and have fun
window on a 22 inch screen
especially when you have your guitar in the arm,
let say I am a meter from the screen
not easy to manipulate the spinnability of Bonton,

pity for the demo is no manual in French and then I look bad


CPU performance can well sought 12/17%

Sound card Luna II


ideal for clear sounds
I do not like the demo q'utiliser
I can not say because after 30 minutes
She no longer works, as it is impossible
to make backups, even if you raise
software you must start all your manipulations

to the side I prefer Rock Ampltube
prices remains for many a weight that does not put him at the door for all budgets
investisement is the consequence for a young musician, especially with
the computer, sound card, cables, instrument (guitar or otherwise)

software quality but too expensive

€ 70 would be better and more for its broadcast

tekno-logic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
Installation is no problem, simply follow the instructions.

No conflict. A bit CPU intensive even when ...

No need for manual, it is so easy to use!


-256 MB of RAM
-80 GB of disk, 2.6Ghz
-Realtek sound card, although I now use my sound card UMX-49

I use it on fl studio amp as Steinberg Virtual Guitarist, your exact FUCKING! For against my PC does not like (a train a lot) ... So I export pattern in the wave and I intgre as a component in my sample.


I use it for 2 years. I need a good amp emulator and I gt!

alexo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
No pb same versions crack:-)


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Bomb simplicity & stability hardware & LEGERET with the possibilities of huge software denigrate those who work can be for ik multimedia but personally AmpliTube is far behind

native instruments the rigor German:-)
as softs tearing FinalScratch, etc ....

dcp1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
Between 2120 guitar rig and digitech which prfr?


I like the Digitech but I can not find enough ditable


So what gives?

boule2neige's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 1
Easy installation.


Tune well but a bit greedy for my Athlon2400 has 512ram + ...


Very very disappointed! It is far behind Amplitube for me ... The best guitar amp plug?? JCM Simulanalog with its perfectly reproduced and in addition, it is free!!

... In short, I like to spend for nothing ... then ... Goodbye guitar rig ...