Changing banks and presets in Guitar Rig 5 plugin using Abelton 9

I am trying to control a guitar plugin, Guitar Rig 5, via bank and preset changes.

I am a single acoustic player and I use Abelton to play a backing track and control my lighting, but I am having trouble figuring out how to setup up Guitar Rig and my MIDI channels apparently. 

I am looking to be able to change from one guitar patch (like a clean sound) to a dirty sound (lead solo) automatically (eliminating the need to do the foot pedal Riverdance while playing live), but I can’t seem to figure this out after two days.  I see the presets in the list, but for the life of me I can’t seem to make this work.

I dragged the plug in to a newly created "return" and then attempted to create a two new MIDI channels to perform the desired bank and preset changes.  But this did not work.

I then dragged the Guitar Rig 5 plugin into a newly created "audio" track, and tried to do the same thing, but that hasn't worked either.  Under the "send to" MIDI section I can select "Guitar Rig" from the drop down, but afterward I can not select the box below---which I would think would allow me to select the MIDI channel I want to sent the command for bank changes and preset changes.

The goal is to have Guitar Rig 5 changing presets automatically, so I can play through a song and at the appropriate time the GR5 plugin would switch from clean channel to distorted---for example, for a lead solo part. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


gretschbeastfan 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • mattz
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    GR5 responds to Sub Bank parameters, and not Bank. So, if you want Bank 3, Patch 2: on your midi clip, under Pgm Change, set Sub to 3, and Pgm to 2. Make sure the output of the midi track is the audio track on which GR5 is set up as a plugin.  Hope this helps.

    4 years ago | 3 comments

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