I’m sure many guitarists and studio users thought this day would never going to come! But today Native Instruments has officially announced (drum roll, please) that the release of Guitar Rig Pro 6 is imminent.
NI Guitar Rig Pro 6
I nearly fell off my chair when I saw that Native Instruments have finally – after what feels like an eternity – announced that there will be a new version of Guitar Rig! I’m one of those people that has been using Guitar Rig since it was first released. Honestly, I thought Native Instruments had written it off.
So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement that we will soon see a new, redesigned and updated version. This bit of news made my day because GR was my go-to virtual amp sim for so many years. Unfortunately, it had become a little unstable and seemed quite outdated. It felt like NI had forgotten all us guitar and bass players.
An update for a modern guitarist?
Alongside all the legacy modules, amps, cabinets and effects, Guitar Rig 6 will bring new amps, new cabinets and more effects, along with an updated user interface and re-programmed Intelligent Circuit Modelling engine running all these new virtual guitar rigs.
This looks like a full-scale re-write, so I’m expecting big things. GR5 was getting long in the tooth and hadn’t been holding up well against the competition. After all, IK’s Amplitube and Line 6’s Helix Native have been crushing it for years now. Meanwhile, Guitar Rig had not been getting much love from NI in recent years.
New Amps and more
So what’s new? The new virtual amps include Chicago, billed as a rare mid-50s combo amp, Bass Invader, a vintage solid state bass amp and Fire Breather, a hand-wired American boutique amp based on a modded British classic. Also added to GR6 is Rammfire, designed with Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe and based on the Pre-500 Dual Rectifier Amp. Along with new and improved cabinet sounds provided by the Matched Cabinet Pro feature, all this sounds pretty darn promising.
The new effects are feature a set called Crush Pack, that incorporates a frequency shifter, bit crusher and distortion effects. Mod Pack has all the classic chorus, phaser and flangers, while Raum offers what NI is calling a “do-it-all creative reverb” that can go from subtle, simple reverbs to extreme spaces.
Head on over to the official page to check out all the new features. If NI can pull this update off, it could be epic. One question: I wonder if my old NI Rig Kontroller will still work…
Check out our article here with all the details on the full NI Komplete 13 release.
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