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Guitar Rig 6 Pro has finally been announced

Back in 2011, Native Instruments introduced Guitar Rig 5 Pro, which quickly became one of the foremost amp-modeling and effects plugins on the market. And now, nine years later, the company has finally seen fit to update its long-serving software – meet Guitar Rig 6 Pro.

On the face of it, the number one change is the updated HD interface, which promises color coding and faster navigation – and, let’s be honest, it looks a lot nicer than the old GR5 layout.

Sonically, the key update is the addition of Native Instruments’ Intelligent Circuit Modeling, which uses machine-learning tech to reproduce hardware nuances – in essence, NI promises “added depth and realism”, with the added bonus of enabling the company to update effects and amps more often.

Three new amps have been added – the clean-focused Chicago, boutique Marshall-style Fire Breather and vintage-voiced Bass Invader – as well as the Richard Z. Kruspe-developed Rammfire amp, which was previously only available as a separate purchase.

Native Instruments Guitar Rig Pro 6

(Image credit: Native Instruments)

The company is also promising improved cabinet sounds, with OwnHammer and Sigma Audio onboard to provide impulse responses – very good news indeed.

Rather than introduce new, guitar-specific effects, NI has drawn on its wider resources to comprehensively expand the original’s 54-strong complement of FX, incorporating a number of crushing, modulation, reverb and compressor effects from Komplete and Softube.

From launch, Guitar Rig 6 Pro will come with presets from Yvette Young, Tim Lefebvre, Pete Thorn, Zola Jesus, and Butch Vig, with more promised for the future.

Guitar Rig 6 Pro is available from October 1 2020 for $199/£179 (full version), while existing Guitar Pro users can upgrade for $99/£89.

For more information, head to Native Instruments (opens in new tab).

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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).