Eventide is busy porting the H9 effects for Windows, macOS and iOS, with the latest being the TriceraChorus. Not just a chorus, but a “tri-chorus” in BBD (bucket-brigade) style with micro-pitch detuning. As with the other effects in the series, the release is celebrated with an introductory offer.
TriceraChorus is inspired by the classic tri-chorus effects found in pedals from the 70s and 80s. It’s a combination of a tri-chorus in the style of a bucket brigade, with Eventide’s micro-pitch detuning. The effect should make any instrument sound wider and fatter, with a smooth modulation. The Chorus mode is reminiscent of these early classic chorus effects, while the Chorale mode is based on classic tri-chorus rackmounted effects. Chorus Mix allows you to put just a touch of FX on the track, or reach into a powerful vibrato, and the Depth L/C/R controls lets you adjust the amount of modulation for all three voices (left, center and right). You can also deactivate individual voices.
You can detune the left and right channels synchronously by up to +/- 40 cents using the Detune controls, or add delay to the chorus, to create slap-backs or a flanger-like effects, using the Delay controls. Swirl produces psychedelic flanger effects through “frequency shifting in the stereo image”. Finally, the Tone control allows you to cut the high and low frequencies. As a result, the sound becomes less muddy or gets a slightly darker character.
As with all other plug-ins in this series, you will find the virtual ribbon control on the bottom which lets you modulate between parameters. Hotswitch, on the other hand, changes to a specified set of settings at the push of a button. Both functions are particularly useful for live performance.
Specification and price
The Eventide TriceraChorus runs as a VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX plug-in under macOS10.9 and higher and Windows 8 and higher. 64-bit on Mac, and 32- and 64-bit on PC. There’s also a 30-day unlimited demo version available from the manufacturer. The free iLok manager is required for registration. Finally, for a short while, the desktop version’s price is USD 39.
The iOS version can run both as a standalone and as an AUv3 plug-in. The price is not yet known, but it will probably be around USD 10.
Native Instruments has just released the behemoth Komplete 13 software bundle, and in amongst all those virtual synths, drums, and samples lurks the highly anticipated Guitar Rig 6 PRO. In this mini review I will give you my first impressions of this new virtual guitar rig software.
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 6 PRO
Native Instruments kindly sent me a copy of the new Guitar Rig 6 software so that I could review it and give you my first impressions. A little background on my experience with the software and usage: I’ve been using Guitar Rig since its very first iteration, and for a number of years, it was my go to virtual guitar setup in my DAW. I’m a Mac/Logic Pro user predominantly and so I always use programs like Guitar Rig within my DAW, although you can also use them as standalone. At one point, I even went out and got myself a Rig Kontroller pedal and ran my virtual guitar rig via that.
If you have never used Guitar Rig then you will probably enjoy its ultra-clean user interface. I find it very well laid out and simple to navigate. Guitar Rig 6 has taken this further and it looks even more friendly than before. Essentially, you choose your factory presets and virtual components from the column on the left-hand side of the main window. Then your main presets are built up with ‘studio rack’ like modules, which contain everything from your tuner, virtual amps, cabinets, and effects.
Presets, Navigation and Curation
I would suggest new users start with one of the curated factory presets, for which Native Instruments has brought in players like Vernon Reid and Pete Thorn on board. You can also try out various factory presets via the Genres, Amplifier, Effects, and Artists preset organisation, as this breaks down all the factory presets and curated presets by type, providing you a nice quick route to the various virtual guitar rigs.
Sure, you can run through A-Z if you prefer, or search for specific preset names as well, but I think new users will appreciate the navigation options. It really does help to give you a good overview of what is possible and how the patches have been created.
The newly redesigned user interface is super sharp and can be resized how you like, which makes navigation a breeze and a great experience on high resolution monitors.
You can start with an amp, a virtual cabinet, and throw some effects in to taste. And that isn’t a bad way to start off to be honest, but Guitar Rig 6 has some serious routing options you can use to create multiple amp and cabinet combinations within one single user preset. This is where some of the more ‘out there’ factory presets and curated artist presets are getting their tones from.
But even if you want to just keep it simple and go amp – cab – effects, then it is as easy as drag and dropping your chosen virtual rig components in the order that you want them in. Each module can be turned on and off individually, which can be preset to an external controller so that you can assign it to a footswitch for easy control when you are playing.
Guitar Rig PRO 6 includes parallel routing via Split Mix, Crossover routes via high or low frequencies, and Split M/S to allow you to adjustment the Mid and Side channels of your mix, which in turn you can separately control and process the centre and the edges of a stereo image. This is a huge amount of power and adjustment, and you should be able to create some amazing and complex rigs if you want to.
Modulation and Control
If you do like ultimate control over your parameters then you can load up virtual LFOs and step sequencers to control parameters of just about everything. You can set it to slowly sweep or modulate your virtual control knobs, or assign parameters to a MIDI controller and control them on the fly. I found the automation and control easy to set up, without any confusing menus getting in the way.
Guitar Rig 6 PRO Chicago
It would take all year to get through every single parameter within Guitar Rig 6, but I will say that all the new guitar amps and cabinets do sound a lot better than in previous incarnations. The old classics are still there, but with some new ones, notably the Chicago, Bass Invader, and Fire Breather amps. Each amp comes with matching virtual cabinets. You can mix and match amps and cabinets too, so it is well worth experimenting with various combinations of these and not just sticking to the ‘matched’ pair.
I also found that the ability to direct mic, or adding more room mic on the virtual cabinets was extremely effective and easy to dial in. You can adjust this so that your rig sits well within your song.
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 6 PRO- First Impressions of the new virtual guitar rig on the block
Guitar Rig 6 PRO RAMMFIRE
Recreations of classics
The software is absolutely full of recreations of classic effects pedals, studio effects, and effects taken from other Native Instruments software such as Traktor. It all adds up to a very full experience for experimentation and creation, which I’m all for personally. You can stick to regular guitar tones, or you can go ‘off planet’ and create crystalline washes of reverberation that would have Eddie Kramer and Jimi Hendrix creaming their pants.
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 6 PRO is rammed full of great effects
One massive improvement over the older version of Guitar Rig is its responsiveness to playing dynamics. I always found the old versions were a little ‘plastic’ sounding, for want of a better phrase. Especially with clean sounds or slightly overdriven sounds. This latest version sounds more realistic to my ear and doesn’t hide the tones behind over-loaded effects, so you can actually hear your playing dynamics shine through.
However, if you do want brutal distortion and high gain craziness, then amps like the RAMMFIRE (an amp designed with Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe) will get you there in an instant.
Overall, I would have to say that this latest incarnation of Guitar Rig PRO 6 is pretty awesome. It will fit well in any studio, and producers and players that really want to experiment will love it. If you love to dabble and create your own tones, then I think you will adore all the possibilities at your disposal. You can just open it up, choose a preset, and tweak to taste if you prefer, but I think you would be missing a lot of what is on offer to you. To really get the most from this software, it is best to dive right in and explore.
I also found that this new version has pretty low overheads which was great on my system. The latency was also very good, with no issues at all with tracking. As an aside, the basic built-in noise gate is also unobtrusive and works really well, so your noise floor is really good even, with single-coils. I used a variety of single-coil, P90 and humbucker loaded guitars, and was able to get a good string signal without any noise issues.
If you want to try before you buy, you can follow the link below for the free demo of the software. The system requirements are all below and it can run as a plug-in or standalone. The demo version runs 30 minutes per session, and can then be re-opened to try again. You cannot save your presets, but it gives you great way to hear the sounds for yourself.
Personally, I’m very happy that Native Instruments finally decided to update Guitar Rig. It was my favourite virtual rig for so many years, but had started sounding a little dated and left behind. Luckily, Guitar Rig PRO 6 is on the money and has all the guitar tones you need and much, much more.
Windows (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AAX Mac OS X (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
Super 8, Native Instruments vintage polysynth inspired 8-voice soft-synth has been released from its Reaktor shackles and can now run as a standalone VST3 plugin synthesizer.
I love this synth. It’s one of the best things to come out of Native Instruments in ages in my humble opinion. It’s simple, fat, engaging, animated, full of warmth, drive instantly usable sounds. There are many software synths with more features or impressive innovations but what does it for me is that it’s immediately accessible and delivers on exactly what I imagine a vintage polysynth should sound like. It’s there, it works, it sounds brilliant and I’m not boggled by the interface.
Now it’s even better because they’ve freed it from the complexities of the Reaktor interface and you can use it as a synth all by itself. Not that Reaktor is particularly overwhelming when it comes to running instruments but having Super 8 available directly in your plug-in browser gives it a standing as a synthesizer worth its own space.
Native Instruments Super 8
Super 8 is a VST3 plug-in and exists alongside the Reaktor version. It has had a bit of facelift to make it look better on hi-res screens. They’ve added 200 new presets although it won’t pickup any of the presets you made with the previous version which is a shame but I guess some things have to be broken in the move out of the Reaktor environment. It’s a free update to current owners of Super 8 or you can buy it for £89.
The Mighty Plug from budget-friendly brand NUX manages to squeeze effects, amp models, and cab IRs into a tiny plug that can fit it in your pocket when you aren’t using it! Just plug it into your guitar’s output, plug a set of headphones in to the unit, and off you go!
NUX Mighty Plug
The NUXMighty Plug is filled to the brim with effects, amp models, and cab IRs. It can also be directly remote-controlled via Bluetooth. The device has 13 amplifier models, 20 IR files, including speaker cabs and acoustic guitar, and 19 effects, including a phaser, chorus, flanger, tremolo, boost, crunch, touch wah, Uni Vibe, tremolo, and a three-band EQ. There’s also a smattering of delays with analog, tape, digital, ping pong, shimmer, and reverbs including room, hall, plate, and spring.
The Mighty Plug has a rechargeable Li battery which should give you around three hours of playing time. Just use the supplied micro USB cable to charge the unit up between your practise sessions.
NUX Mighty Plug is feature packed and tiny
Amps, Acoustics and more
The virtual guitar amp models include Tweed, Plexi, Top Boost, and Recto, plus an Acoustic Guitar Simulator with Impulse Response Acoustic Guitar Emulation. The unit also has 10 built-in drum patterns, a handy metronome, a noise gate, NUX TS/AC true simulation, and a physical amplifier modelling algorithm.
As I mentioned earlier, you can also control the Mighty Plug remotely using Bluetooth. It connects to your smartphone or tablet from where you can edit and control parameters of all those onboard amps and effects. You also get access to extra preamp models, guitar cabinet IRs, and effects via the free MightyAmp app. NUX also states that it works equally well with active or passive electric guitars and basses, plus acoustic-electric guitars with piezo or magnetic pickups.
NUX Mighty Plug works with your smart phone
If you need a silent practise tool, then for this price, the NUX Mighty Plug is hard to beat. It is pretty feature packed and when used with a smartphone, you can really dig down into all those features, making this a really handy and compact unit for practising your guitar.
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Recently, IK Multimedia made headlines with a pretty epic release – the MixBox virtual channel strip. Featuring 70 effects from every analog and digital walk of studio life, it distills the manufacturer’s flagship virtual audio processors into convenient, rackable form. The effects are borrowed from IK’s T-RackS mastering rig, the AmpliTube amp sim, and the SampleTank instrument module.
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