Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Tape deck and tuner, part of GUITAR RIG: Signal Processing.
- All right, so now I'd like to talk about the toolbar. The toolbar has some really useful tools that don't go with any of the presets, and you actually don't have to go into the component section of Guitar Rig in order to call up these modules. These are really handy, useful tools. Let's start out with the Tuner. I'm just going to hit the Tuner button. This is a regular guitar tuner. Right now I have it in Guitar mode, so it's going to be looking for the different open strings of the guitar, but we can also put it in Chromatic mode, and it'll just go note for note, and we can tune it to anything we want.
It has some other presets for alternate tunings. Now right now it's in strobe mode, so if I hit my E (acoustic music) it's going to have the lights move with my tuning. You can also put it in Sent mode if you're a little bit more comfortable with that. It also has a really handy Tune Fork feature, so you can just use your ear. (electronic music) And having both of those going might be a little bit of sensory overload, but you get the idea. Then we can also change the reference pitch or the overall tuning.
Now I'm going to go ahead and close that. And we also have a metronome here, which is handy. Some of these modules are great for the practicing guitarist. So these are tools that are actually going to be useful to you not just for performance or for production, but just for playing. For example, we have the metronome here. If I unclicked mute, (ticking) then we'll be able to hear our click track. We have a BPM right here, which we can change, and we can double-click to type that in if we want to. But if you're using Guitar Rig in your DAW, then it'll automatically lock to the BPM that you have set up in there.
We can change the time signature as well if we'd like to. Now metronome is great, super handy. Let's go up to the Pre Tapedeck. Now there's a Pre and a Post Tapedeck, and all that it means is that it's pre and post processing. So if I go ahead and I call up a cool, warm universe preset, you'll notice that the tapedeck doesn't go anywhere. (electric guitar music) Now let's kill a little bit of the reverb on this one.
And by the way, to bypass any module in Guitar Rig, you can just click on its little on/off symbol there. All right, so we've turned off some of that processing, that spacial processing. Here's what we've got now. (electric guitar music) All right, so that's a lot of fun. Now what I might want to do is actually record myself playing a little lick. There are a lot of great reasons to use a tapedeck when you're practicing guitar. One reason is to just get some ideas down. Another reason might be to have a backing track to play along to. Even another reason might be to slow down something that you want to learn.
So let me record something real quick and we'll take a look at those. I've got the record button down and if I hit play, then it'll start recording. (electric guitar music) I hit stop, it's ready to go. I'm going to hit play. (electric guitar music) All right, and you'll notice that if I change any of my processing, like, for example, if I turn off this hotsolo+ amp, which is by the way what they called me in high school, you'll notice that we actually don't hear that distortion anymore.
(electric guitar music) So what I want to point out here is that this is actually the Pre Tapedeck. Now if I decide that I want the Post Tapedeck, I can click on that and I can see that down here. And what that's actually going to do is record all of the processing that I had beforehand. Now what we can do with these, as you can see, is we can transfer the file that we have recorded in there to the Pre Tapedeck.
And we can also change the Pre Tapedeck to play at the output as well. So you can hotswap a little bit. It's it's very simple that way. Now I'm going to create a loop here. I've got the loop button engaged here. I'm going to change the loop start point. (electric guitar music) There we go. So let's play it one more time with that loop.
(electric guitar music) Okay, so that's a nice loop that we've got going there. Maybe I want to slow that down because it's a crazy lick that I want to learn. By the way, you can drag-and-drop a WAV or an AIF file or an MP3 up to 16 bits into the tapedeck from your Finder, and you can use these same tools for processing. (electric guitar music) I can transpose. (electric guitar music dropping an octave) We also have fine tuning right here in the middle.
But my favorite aspect of this is actually the tempo knob. I've used many programs like this to learn really quick guitar licks, so I can really break them down. This is a great way to do that. (slow electric guitar music) So that's working great for me. Maybe I want to put some of that processing back on, like space. (reverbing electric guitar music) And then here's the fun thing with that, is that I can actually play over that while it's playing.
So maybe I'll transpose it down. I'll bring the tempo back up a little bit, and I'll use it as a baseline. And why don't I say that I want it to play at output? (electric guitar music) So you can hear the it's gone back to its original tone. (electric guitar music) I can just switch it to go to the amp if I want to by adding that input. (electric guitar music) But now I can play over. (electric guitar music) And I can have a lot of fun with that.
I can record a baseline, I could record some chords I want to play over. I could stretch out my favorite guitars and learn some of his most intricate, deep licks. It's a really, really handy tool. Now all I have to do to get rid of that tapedeck is click on it's icon. Really, really handy. If I want to save or open an audio file, I can use the disc or the folder button right here. If I want to get rid of what I have, I'll just click on the new icon right there, and I've got a clean slate to work with. Those are super handy and fun.
We also have a couple of other effects toolbars that are really handy to use. So I've got my Master FX. I really like this. What this does is it actually allows me to have some Master FX loaded that don't change with my preset. So I'm going to go ahead and say, for example, I want this compressor there. All I'm going to do is I'm going to click on it and drag it and drop it into the Master FX. And what you'll notice, and maybe I'll take this Little Reflektor with me. It's not so little as you can hear, and I'm just going to make this a smaller space by clicking Medium.
Now what you're going to notice is that if I go through my different presets, the Master FX are not changing. So I tried to open a preset that was using a Reflektor impulse response. That's a little file that the reverb module uses to calculate its reverb. And it's not finding them because our factory library isn't set up quite right yet. So let's go ahead and grab some preferences. I'm going to click out of this and let's go over to our Guitar Rig preferences.
And I'm just going to go ahead and see, it can't find the Reflektor library path. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to set that using this button. So I'm going to go over to my shared folder here because I believe that's where it is. And then I'm going to go to Users, Shared, and we should have a Guitar Rig or Reflektor. There we go, Reflektor Library and hit Choose. It's found it, that's a new place. Let's go back to our presets. I double-click Big Club Synth. It opened with no problems.
You can see that inside of Reflektor here, we have our Medium Hall. But what I want to point out is that the Master FX actually didn't change with the preset that I opened up. And this is a really handy thing. Let's say you have a delay chain that you really like, or a compressor that you like, or an amp that you like, or an effects chain that you like and you just want to switch the amp out and go through some different amps. This is a really handy browsing tool that we can use. So the toolbar items that we have at our disposal are generally just made to make your life a little bit easier. Whether you're browsing through different types of modules and processors or just trying to find something to play along to and to have some tools that guitar players use quite often.