OBJECTIVE: Take advantage of Guitar Rig 4’s features to modify drum loops—expressively—in real time.
BACKGROUND: Guitar Rig’s “Pre” Tape Deck feature makes it easy to load drum loops, which you can process with Guitar Rig’s various sound processing components. Change processor parameter settings—over multiple loop iterations, if desired—as you record the results into the “Post” Tape Deck. You can then save the post Tape Deck file, and trim it into a loop in a digital audio editing program.
1. Open Guitar Rig 4 in standalone mode; with both Tape Decks in the rack, click on the Pre deck’s open file button (circled), navigate to the loop you want to process, then load it.
2. Drag the processors you want to use into the rack.
3. Enable looping on the Pre deck, then click on Play. As the loop plays, adjust the component parameters for the desired sound. Click on the Pre deck Stop button after getting the sound you want.
4. When you’re ready to record the processed sound, set the Post deck Sync switch to On, then click on the Record button.
5. Click Play on the Pre Tape Deck. Play as many iterations of the loop as you want, and tweak away on the various parameters.
6. After recording as many loop iterations as you want, click Stop on the Pre Deck.
7. Click on the “Save” (floppy disk icon) to save the file that was recorded into the Post deck. Now you can bring it into a digital audio editor, and trim for the desired loop length.
¦ In Step 1, make sure the Pre Tape Deck Play switch is set to “At Input.”
¦ In Step 3, remember you can tweak the Pre Deck’s Transpose, Tune, and Tempo controls.
¦ You can reset either deck to the start time (0.00) by clicking on Stop.