How to Use Guitar Rig 3 Without an Interface

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How to Use Guitar Rig 3 Without an Interface
Even if you do not have an external soundcard, you can still use Guitar Rig 3. (guitar image by Bosko Martinovic from

It is possible to use Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 without an external soundcard if you don't have access to one. Since latency, or signal delay, is a major concern when using your computer's integrated soundcard, you need to install an ASIO driver to reduce this problem. With the right instruction, you will know how to configure Guitar Rig with your computer's internal soundcard so that you can get to using it without a costly external audio interface.

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Things you need

  • 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch mono adaptor
  • 1/4-inch audio cable
  • Electric guitar

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  1. 1

    Download and install ASIO4ALL for free from the link provided in the "Resources" section of this article. This ASIO(Audio Stream Input/Output) driver works by bypassing your computer's soundcard drivers and processing the incoming and outgoing sounds much faster. Run the installer EXE and follow the on-screen instructions that appear to complete the installation.

  2. 2

    Plug one end of the 1/4-inch instrument cable into the 1/4- to 1/8-inch adaptor, then plug the other end of the 1/4-inch cable into the input jack on your electric guitar. Input jacks on electric guitars are usually on the bottom or sides of their bodies, but sometimes are housed on the front of the instrument.

  3. 3

    Plug the 1/8-inch end of the adaptor into your computer's "Line In" jack. Most integrated soundcards are colour coded in green, but many laptops do not. Refer to your laptop's owner's manual as to which jack is the input for your specific machine.

  4. 4

    Open Guitar Rig 3 by double-clicking your computer mouse on the desktop icon for the software to open it, then click "Settings" from the "Service Center" screen menu. "Settings" is located at the top-right of the that screen and contains the controls for configuring the audio soundcard correctly.

  5. 5

    Select "ASIO" in the "Driver" dialogue box, then select your computer's internal soundcard from the "Devices" box on the same screen. You will now be able to start playing your guitar through Guitar Rig 3.

Tips and warnings

  • Even if you have an external soundcard interface being used in your Guitar Rig set-up, ASIO4ALL is worth trying out, for its drivers are better at handling latency issues many times.

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