This setup guide will assist you in setting up your instrument, audio interface device, speakers, and RiffWorks.
Audio Interface Devices
Please see our Recommended Hardware Guide to help you select an audio device if you haven't yet purchased one. A dedicated ASIO audio interface device is typically required before you can use RiffWorks on any computer running Microsoft Windows. You can use the built-in audio option on a number of Apple computers, but a dedicated Core Audio device is better. Please visit our Audio Devices page for more information.
Typical Gear Setup
Here are the basic steps for setting up your guitar, interface device, and speakers for use with RiffWorks:
- Connect your audio interface device to your computer using a USB or Firewire cable. Follow the manufactures' instructions for installing drivers and any other included software.
- Connect your speakers and/or headphones directly to your audio interface device.
- Connect your guitar to your interface device using a 1/4" guitar cable
Configuring AUDIO SETUP
RiffWorks will automatically select your default ASIO Interface Device (Windows) or Core Audio Device (Mac OS). You can use the AUDIO SETUP control panel within RiffWorks to select a different interface device or to change a device's buffer size.
You can also use the AUDIO SETUP control panel to select a different record file path for RiffWorks. This is the directory where RiffWorks temporarily stores files while recording and not where saved songs are kept. Only change this path if you are running low on disk space on your primary hard drive.
Accessing the AUDIO SETUP Control Panel
- Launch RiffWorks
- Click the AUDIO SETUP button
- Clicking the AUDIO SETUP button will bring up the AUDIO SETUP Control Panel (Windows version shown below)
Selecting a Different ASIO Interface Device
- Use the pull down menu to select a different interface device
If the device you are looking for isn't displayed, then you need to confirm that it is properly connected to your computer, turned on and that you have the ASIO drivers correctly installed.
Changing the Buffer Size
- Windows: Click the Open ASIO Control Panel button to display the ASIO interface device's control panel.
- Mac OS: Change the buffer size from within the AUDIO SETUP control panel
You should only change the buffer size if you notice a lag between the time you strum your guitar and when you hear the sound coming from your speakers, or if you get pops, clicks and noise while recording. Please note that the latter symptoms could also be caused by having insufficient processor power or system memory. See the RiffWorks Minimum Requirements page for details.
The smaller the buffer size setting the less lag you'll notice while playing. The trade off is that you'll use more processor power and may end up with clicks and pops while recording or during playback if you set it too small. If you set the buffer too high you'll notice lag. We've found that the best buffer size for the typical RiffWorks user is 256 samples.
Here's an example of a typical ASIO control panel. Note that the buffer size is listed as "Latency":
You may need to turn off hardware monitoring within RiffWorks to be able to hear what you're playing while recording. You also need to turn off hardware monitoring to be able to select an AMP plugin or to use RiffWorks effects while recording. The AMP option is available in RiffWorks Standard and RiffWorks T4 only.
- RiffWorks 2 Line 6 Edition users should launch the GearBox or PodFarm application separately alongside RiffWorks and leave hardware monitoring turned on in most cases.
Hardware Monitoring shown turned off:
Select an Input
Turn off the input STEREO option if the Input Meters only light up on one channel while playing your instrument. You may have to select the right channel if no audio is detected on the left channel (or visa versa). You can also select an alternate input on devices that have more than one available input.
Select an AMP
RiffWorks Standard and RiffWorks T4 are compatible with a number of VST (Windows) and Audio Unit (Mac OS) plug-ins for adding effects to the input signal while recording. Amplitube 2 Live is included with RiffWorks Standard. Amplitube 2 Duo RW and Studio Devil BVC are included with RiffWorks T4. Feel free to try other plug-ins as well.
- RiffWorks 2 Line 6 Edition users should launch the GearBox (or PodFarm) application (Start - All Programs - Line 6 - Gearbox) separately alongside RiffWorks for amp modeling purposes.
Select an AMP model plug-in
- Turn off hardware monitoring by clicking the "Hardware" button within RiffWorks
- Click the AMP tab and select an amp modeling plugin.
- You can select a different AMP plug-in by clicking the small triangle shaped arrow on the AMP tab.
Amplitube 2 Live