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Now Shipping! Riffworks Standard - Guitar Recording Made Fun!

Published: Wed February 28, 2007  News Feed

Guitar recording made fun. Capture ideas at the moment of inspiration. Set a tempo and start recording by strumming your guitar. Experiment with song structure using a simple Riff-based workflow that records bite-sized pieces and encourages experimentation with song arrangements. Tracks are created automatically as you play. Record multiple takes or layer parts without stopping the creative flow. The RiffWorks interface will inspire you to create songs using a familiar “real-world” interface - it looks like gear! RiffWorks is easy and fun to use because the focus is on playing, not engineering. Record efficiently, stay creative, produce high-quality songs, jam online, and podcast your tunes without ever putting down your guitar. RiffWorks is the most guitarist-friendly recording software ever!

Add beats easily to your guitar and bass parts with InstantDrummer. Pick a groove, count off a tempo, and InstantDrummer inspires you to play along with its continuously varying drum tracks using perfectly matched, full kit studio drum recordings. Spin the INTENSITY knob to set the mood from mellow to aggressive. Dial in some VARIATION to get a constantly evolving beat. AMBIENCE adds room sound and GAIN sets the level. No tedious editing or disappointing sounds, just a great drummer, ready to jam. InstantDrummer is an integral part of RiffWorks. Eight FREE InstantDrummer sessions are included with RiffWorks Standard and more are available online.

Includes 7 studio quality effects plus AmpliTube 2 Live. RiffWorks includes seven effects from Sonoma Wire Works. Add great sounding, fully optimized effects like auto-wah, multiband compression, modulation, delay, reverb, and British style EQ to your tunes. Effect algorithms were passionately designed by Sonoma Wire Works for superb sound quality, and are optimized for maximum performance. Plus the included AmpliTube 2 Live, with 15 guitar and bass amp combinations of the most sought after gear, 11 effects, mic-modeling with 2 microphones and position controls, built-in tuner and more than 128 customizable user presets, is able to produce tons of different guitar tones.

Instantly podcast to an enthusiastic community of musicians. Share songs with and get feedback from other RiffWorks users and the world. RiffCaster is a free service for all RiffWorks users. The system is a breeze to use and there is plenty of room for content. Now with instant podcasting! Plus RiffLink (60-day trial version included) offers RiffWorks users built-in online collaboration. Share a song session over the Internet with up to 4 other musicians and chat while you're at it. Riff recording allows musicians to play along with each other in what feels like real-time with no worries about latency. New tracks show up as soon as they are finished streaming and are always perfectly in sync. Each layer is instantly streamed to other current users and is also saved on the server for those who wish to contribute later.

Questions and Answers

1. How is RiffWorks different than other recording applications (DAWs)?

RiffWorks is fun and easy to use and allows you to focus on playing guitar, not engineering. It acts as a sketchpad that quickly captures musical ideas and complete songs, including great sounding drums and effects. You can even set the tempo and start recording by strumming a guitar. Its unique Riff-based workflow sets it apart from any traditional DAW.

2. Is a hardware device required to record with RiffWorks?

Yes, RiffWorks requires an ASIO device on Windows or a Core Audio device for Mac OS X, like the StealthPlug. Any ASIO/Core Audio compatible interface would suffice, while guitar-dedicated interfaces, such as the StealthPlug, provide the best experience. For a complete list of recommended hardware, please visit the Sonoma Wire Works website at: www.sonomawireworks.com.

3. How many tracks does RiffWorks allow?

Like any DAW, the number of tracks that you are capable of depends on your computer, but RiffWorks allows up to 24 layers per Riff, plus backing tracks from the InstantDrummer and Rex player.

4. Can you record a whole band with RiffWorks?

RiffWorks records one input at a time. It is meant for recording individual musicians, but you can all take turns. With RiffLink online collaboration, you don't even have to be in the same country to record songs together.

5. Can RiffWorks play loops?

 Yes, RiffWorks includes a unique InstantDrummer that makes playing drum loops easy. It also has a Rex Player that can play up to 4 Rex loops simultaneously.

6. Are there drum loops included?

Yes, there are 9 InstantDrummer sessions in a variety of styles from top drum companies included. This adds up to several hundred MB of easy-to-use drum content.

7. Does RiffWorks include any effects?

Yes, RiffWorks includes 7 studio-quality effects that can be added to the input, layers, Riffs, and backups. It also includes IK’s AmpliTube 2 Live.

8. Does RiffWorks support plug-ins?

Yes, RiffWorks supports audio effect plug-ins - VST on Windows and AU on MacOS, such as IK’s AmpliTube LE, AmpliTube 2, AmpliTube 2 Live, Ampeg SVX as well as any other amp modeling plug-in or other effects plug-in.

9. Can RiffWorks sync with other audio applications?

Yes, RiffWorks is a ReWire mixer and can sync with other ReWire devices like Reason and Live.

10. Does RiffWorks work on Mac OS X Universal (Intel powered Macs)?

Yes, it is fully MacTel compatible.

11. What Makes RiffWorks Standard different from RiffWorks Line 6 Edition?

RiffWorks Line 6 Edition is included only with the GuitarPort in Line 6 GuitarPort RiffTracker. RiffWorks Standard differs from RiffWorks Line 6 Edition in the following ways:
· RiffWorks Standard can be used with all ASIO and Core Audio hardware. RiffWorks Line 6 Edition is keyed to Line 6 hardware only.
· RiffWorks Standard supports several plug-in amp models and plug-in effects. RiffWorks Line 6 Edition supports only Line 6 software.


System Requirements

G4 1.33GHz (Intel CoreDuo or G5 1.8GHz recommended), Core Audio input device, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, including Mac OS Universal, 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended), 1GB of disk space free for installation, 5 GB of disk space free for recording, Activation, RiffCaster & RiffLink require an Internet connection.

PIII 1GHz (P4 or equivalent 1.8GHz recommended), ASIO driver capable audio interface - Also see Recommended Hardware, Windows XP, 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended), 1GB of disk space free for installation, 5 GB of disk space free for recording, Activation, RiffCaster & RiffLink require an Internet connection.

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