updated 02:05 pm EDT, Wed May 7, 2008
Guitar Rig Session debuts
Native Instruments on Wednesday introduced Guitar Rig Session, a new recording solution for guitarists, bass players and songwriters that provides studio-quality results at an entry-level price as well as announced Guitar Rig 3 XE, a new version of its entry-level software for computer-based guitar recording. Equipped with a specially designed audio interface and additional recording software, Guitar Rig Session is a versatile toolkit that can be used to create guitar-driven music of any style. The solution features the new Guitar Rig 3 XE software -- also available as a standalone solution -- which delivers a selection of five true-to-life tube amplifier models and 12 cabinet types, as well as 21 stomp boxes and effect units.
Each of the components can be freely combined in the virtual GUITAR RIG rack, allowing musicians to easily create sounds ranging from authentic signature tones to totally unique sonic flavors. Guitar Rig Session also includes a library with over 150 instantly playable tones from different musical eras and genres along with several tools including dual tape-decks, metronome, tuner, and a dedicated Live View.
Native Instruments says the crucial link between the instrument and the computer is established with the included SESSION I/O, a new USB 2.0 stereo audio interface specifically designed for guitarists. Two high-quality instrument preamps and studio-grade 24-bit/192kHz Cirrus Logic audio converters enable pristine audio quality, while low-latency drivers enable what the company claims is "excellent feel and responsiveness under all conditions." The compact and rugged interface also offers an additional microphone input, enabling any Windows or Macintosh computer to be used as a full guitar or bass setup.
Session also includes the powerful 64-track music sequencer Cubase 4 LE, as well as the Kore Player software instrument combined with the versatile POP DRUMS acoustic drum library for "complete creative arsenal" to record and produce music on any computer.
Guitar Rig Session, which requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, will be available in June 2008 for $250 (230 €).
The standalone Guitar Rig 3 XE software, available in June for $120 (100 €), is specifically designed to perform and record with advanced audio quality at an affordable price. Based on Native Instruments' Dynamic Tube Response Technology, the software provides the same tonal authenticity and sophisticated "tweakability" as Guitar Rig 3 with a versatile selection of five true-to-life tube amplifier models, 12 classic cabinet types and 21 different effect units, all of which can be freely mixed. Other feature include dual tape decks, metronome, tuner, a special Live View for stage use, and a convenient preset database that comes with more than 150 ready-to-play guitar tones. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.