Big Fish Audio RiG: Urban Workstation review

    Aiming to be a complete rig of urban sounds in one virtual instrument

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    Our Verdict

    Overall, we feel that the patches could incorporate the onboard effects better, and with the exception of the drum sounds and synth patches, there's little here that's explicitly 'urban'. Even so, the underlying sample set is pretty good.


    • Step effects. Sliced patches enable quick creative control. Over 1200 patches.


    • No decent multi-samples. Onboard effects could be incorporated better. Not a lot of 'urban' sounds.
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    This 26GB Kontakt 4-powered virtual instrument includes 17 workstation-style categories, with over 1200 patches covering everything from beats, drums, bass and guitars to strings, synths, vocals and brass.

    The interface includes up to five tabbed pages: effects, step (ie, automated) effects, amplitude envelope, legato and microtuning. It's here that you'll also find the arpeggiator.

    "56 orchestral hit patches is fine for a specific old-school vibe."

    At times, RiG feels totally on the money, and both the step effects and the sliced patches (loops, drums and percussion) with per-slice options for volume, pitch, reverse, attack, decay, cutoff and resonance allow quick creative control.

    However, sometimes it really misses the mark, such as with the 56 orchestral hit patches, each featuring one sample mapped across the full key range - that's fine for a specific old-school vibe, but we missed some decent multi-samples.

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    Tech Specs

    DescriptionVirtual instrument for urban music sounds
    Additional RequirementsRiG is powered by the Kontakt 4 engine. It's compatible with VST, AudioUnit and RTAS (Pro Tools 8 & 9) plug-in formats, allowing it to work seamlessly within any major sequencer or on its own
    Min Processor Speed (GHz)1.66
    OS RequirementsApple Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later Microsoft Windows XP or later
    PlatformPC or Mac
    Processor Type RequiredAMD 64-Class Athlon Intel Core Duo Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
    RAM Recommended (GB)2
    Required Hard Disk Space (MB)15