Guitar Rig is a famous multi-effects processor. Like so many of the popular hardware predecessors from years before its creation, Guitar Rig has grown into a solid staple of digital-based multi-effect processing software. In fact, guitar rig has become a feature of many popular sound editing and recording packages for use with computers. Windows based rigs, however, have yet to catch on, but that may be changing.
What seems at first glance to be an incompatible blend of digital audio hardware and computer sound processing may, in actuality, pave the way for a new dawn in computer DIY sound design. It's possible to use Guitar Rig and Native Instruments Kontakt to create a guitar solo or arrange a band's drum music. Although it is not quite possible to produce a live sound effect, the potential for musical experimentation is still very real. This experimentation, however, must begin with the right guitar effects plugins. The fact that both Native Instruments Kontakt and Guitar Rig have become staples of the musician's computer audio workstation indicate that there is money to be made when designing home recordings that include guitar sounds.
While Guitar Rig and Native Instruments Kontakt do share certain similarities, they are two distinct programs that perform distinctly different tasks. Although both have been available for a long time, there is no direct analog to the Kontakt interface. Guitar Rig is considered by many, to be the superior program for arranging, sequencing, and playing synthesizer based guitar solo tracks. Windows based guitar rig software may have more potential if more serious guitar sound users can find a way to bring the powerful multi-effect processing of Native Instruments to their personal computer. With some creative usage, it is entirely possible that Guitar Rig could end up being just as ubiquitous as those other multi-amp sound generating packages.