Guitar Rig 5 - 1. Preamps & Cabinets

Author: sleepfreaks

High quality amp simulator – Guitar Rig

Guitar amps are a necessity for guitarists.
Playing music at loud volumes through an amp is an experience many of us enjoy.


However, always playing at loud volumes pits society against you,
and can lead to your parents and siblings treating you like a stranger.

What we recommend in these situations is an “amp simulator.”
It sounds as if you’re playing through a real amp, with dynamic and realistic sounds.

Here we will take a look at one of the most popular amp simulators
that comes with the popular “Komplete” package; Guitar Rig.

We will first take a look at the amps and different settings.

Guitar Rig Video access

  1. 1Preamps & cabinets *Current article
  2. 2Applying effects/Saving presets
  3. 3Pitch & special effects
  4. 4Automation control
  5. 5Caution when using Mono/Stereo

Video key point – Reading presets

“Guitar Rig” comes with an assorted variety of presets.

Beginners, and even those who have never held a guitar,
can easily search through the presets to find a sound they want.


  • Click on “Presets”
  • Click on the genre or amp type you are looking for
  • The results will come up, and can be read by “double clicking”


If you want to delete a preset, click the “clear button.”

Video key point – Bypassing certain effects

In the case that you open a preset and think “I don’t need this reverb,”
you can select an effect or module that you want to “bypass.”


Click on the power button to the upper right of the effect to “turn it off.”
Or you can select the effect and click the “delete” key to remove it entirely.

Video key point – Adding amps and effects


If you are looking to create your own original settings,
first click to open “Components.”

“Amps” and “effects” are split and displayed in categories.
You can drag the item you want into the window on the right to add it to your sound.

Video key point – Basic amp settings

After adding an amp, we can adjust its sound according to the song.
These functions remain the same for most amp simulation products.


  • MASTER : Guitar amp’s volume
  • PRE-AMP : Amount of drive (also referred to as Gain)
  • BASS : Amount of low end_thickness of sound
  • MID : Amount of midrange_character of sound
  • TREBLE_Amount of highs_adds brightness
  • PRESENCE_Amount of high end_adds air

Video key point – Setting caution


On the top of the interface, you can see the “input and output” of the plugin.

When this area shows red, it means the sound is distorting.
In this case, lower the slider and adjust the volume.