Native Instruments GuitarRig2 is a guitar and bass audio processor. This program comes with a built-in amplifier that enables users to conduct real-time digital signal processing in or outside a studio environment. It also comes with several sound effects to augment a live performance or a studio recording. This program works in tandem with the Native Instruments Rig Kontrol foot controller, which has dual inputs intended for the guitar, six footswitches, and a dedicated assignable expression pedal with an extra switch. It also has balanced outputs, a headphone jack, a USB 2.0 port, and quarter-inch inputs. Among the audio processor’s features are emulations/effects of the following:
• 8 guitar and bass amplifiers
• 15 guitar and 6 bass cabinets
• Synth filters and 35 sound effects
• 9 microphones and 4 rotary speakers
• Playback function for rhythm parts
One of the key features of GuitarRig2 is its Loop Machine, a tool that enables users to record and layer licks, bass lines, riffs, and grooves, and loop these for playback. Looping creates guitar and bass patterns, making the created music sound like there are many kinds of guitars playing all at once. Using the built-in metronome as guide, users can record four bars of rhythm guitar, four of the lead guitar, and layer and loop these together to create a harmony. The output loops may be played back in sync to the tempo of the user’s sequencer. Each of the layers can be saved as a separate WAV file, and the whole loop can also be exported.