How to Install a Guitar Rig 4 in Sonar 8.5

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How to Install a Guitar Rig 4 in Sonar 8.5
Guitar Rig emulates the sound of many types of guitar amps. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Guitar Rig 4 is a virtual guitar rack that can emulate the sounds of numerous hardware amps and effects within a single software package. You can install Guitar Rig 4 on a laptop or other computer and use it as a virtual rig for playing live shows, but opening the software separately does not allow you to record directly into Sonar. Recording with Guitar Rig 4 requires setting up the program as a plug-in within the Sonar software.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the Guitar Rig 4 disc and follow the onscreen prompts to install the program.

  2. 2

    Launch the Guitar Rig software by clicking its icon on the desktop or in the "Programs" section of the "Start" menu. Follow the onscreen instructions to activate the software. When you are asked for the location to save the VST plug-in, enter "c:\program files\cakewalk\vstplugins" without the quotes and close the program.

  3. 3

    Launch Sonar by clicking its icon on the desktop or in the "Programs" section of the "Start" menu.

  4. 4

    Click "Options" in the toolbar at the top of the window, then "Global" and click the "VST Plug-ins" tab.

  5. 5

    Click "Scan VST Folders" to scan for new plug-ins. The program should detect the Guitar Rig plug-in. Click "OK" to add it.

  6. 6

    Create a new audio track and right-click the "FX" box of the track to open a list of the available insert effects. Click the entry for "Guitar Rig" to insert the effect into your track.

Tips and warnings

  • Click the "Monitor" button to hear you guitar's input played back through the effect.

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