How to Record in Cubase With Guitar Rig

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Guitar Rig, produced by Native Instruments, is a hardware/software interface that is compatible with Steinberg’s recording suite, Cubase. Guitar Rig allows musicians to plug in an instrument into a hardware device that loops into the software program. Guitar Rig’s software allows the user to choose effects and amplifiers to obtain a specific sound. The tracks may be recorded directly into Guitar Rig and then exported to Cubase, or Guitar Rig can act as a pass-through interface.

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Things you need

  • Guitar Rig hardware and software
  • Headphones
  • Musical instrument
  • Cubase software

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  1. 1

    Install the Guitar Rig software onto your computer. Place the Guitar Rig CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. The software automatically installs onto your machine.

  2. 2

    Plug the Guitar Rig audio interface into one of your computer’s USB ports. The computer finds the audio interface and installs.

  3. 3

    Launch Guitar Rig. Plug in your instrument into the audio hardware interface. Plug headphones into the audio interface. Turn up the volume on the software interface.

  4. 4

    Click on and select your amplifier and effects on the left side of the Guitar Rig software interface. Play your instrument while listening through the headphones.

  5. 5

    Click on the red record button on “Tapedeck One.” Click on the "Play" button to record. Click on the “stop” button when completed. Click the “Save” icon. Type in a name for your file. Open Cubase, and click on “Import” to transfer the file.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the audio input to ensure you are recording through the right input into the same channel. Plug the instrument into the correct input because it must align with the corresponding channel in Guitar Rig.

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