RiffWorks Standard

Guitar Recording Software for Mac and PC

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RiffWorks Standard: Guitar Recording Software for Mac and PC

Capture ideas at the moment of inspiration. Create songs easily with drums and effects.

Capture ideas and create songs easily with a riff-based workflow, loop recording, automatic track creation (24 tracks), 7 guitar-oriented effects, support for amp models (AmpliTube, PodFarm, StudioDevil and others), 9 InstantDrummers (expandable), REX player, ReWire mixer, export and more. Stay in the creative flow with tools that look like gear, and create complete songs without putting down your guitar!

RiffWorks makes playing and recording music fun!

Feature Comparison between RiffWorks T4 (Free) and RiffWorks Standard ($49)

*Notice: RiffWorld.com, RiffCaster song posting, and RiffLink online collaboration have been disabled. See RiffWorld forum for details.

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"RiffWorks is a clever, lightweight application that mirrors the creative process of song writing."
Dan Halberg, GuitarGearHeads RiffWorks Review

RiffWorks Best Guitar Recording Software Awards


  • Riff-Based Workflow: Record songs in bite-sized pieces (Riffs). This unique and fun way to record facilitates experimentation with song structure. Each Riff can include different backups, effects, tempos, lengths, and layers.
  • Automatic Track Creation & Loop Recording: A new layer (track) is created each time you start recording and each time a Riff loops. Stack layers on top of each other (bass, guitar, vocals) to create a Riff. Use looping to create multiple tracks, do multiple takes, etc. Each layer has controls for mixing and effects.
  • InstantDrummer: Tempo-synchronized backup drum recordings with adjustable intensity, variation and tempo. No need for tedious drum programming. 1 Demo InstantDrummer comes with RiffWorks T4. 9 InstantDrummer sessions by top drum content companies (worth $4.99 each) are included with RiffWorks Standard. Find more than 100 InstantDrummer sessions to use with RiffWorks T4 and RiffWorks Standard.
  • REX Player: Record along with tempo synchronized backup loop files (REX and RX2).
  • ReWire: Use RiffWorks simultaneously with programs like Reason, Ableton Live and more.
  • Metronome: Use for lead-in, while recording, for a simple beat, or to add extra flavor in addition to the drummer.
  • 7 Effects: Wah, Multi-band Compression & Distortion, Modulation, Delay, Reverb, Compression, and British Style EQ. These effects and can be added to Layers, Riffs, InstantDrummer sessions, and Input.
  • Compatible VST Plug-ins can be activated, heard, and recorded while playing your instrument through RiffWorks.RiffWorks Standard no longer includes AmpliTube 2 Live, but many compatible VST plug-ins can be activated, heard, and recorded while playing your instrument through RiffWorks.
  • Song Layer: Record linear tracks, or layers, over a complete song. Useful for recording solos and vocals.
  • Simultaneous Recorded Layers with SongLayers playing over Riffs (CPU dependent)
  • Junt: Set the tempo and start recording by simply playing your guitar or singing. Junt has a proprietary tempo detection algorithm that allows you to focus on your internal groove.
  • Single Shot Record: Alternative to continuous looped recording.
  • Riff Notes: A place to make remarks about recordings.
  • Mono or Stereo Input: Input Meters show the level coming directly from your input device.
  • Quick Start Tutorial & Help: A Quick Start Tutorial begins at launch and is translated into 14 languages (Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Nowegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish). A help guide with further info is built right into RiffWorks with links to the online guide.
  • Mix Song to .wav: for burning to CD
  • Mix Song to .ogg: for sound player applications
  • Mix to Riff: bounce multiple riffs down to one layer in a single riff
  • Export Riffs as .wav files to other DAWs
  • Save as .rwr: Save as RiffWorks Riff files. Used for importing into another RiffWorks song.
  • 32-bit Floating Point Recording
  • 32-bit Floating Point Mix
  • 44.1 Sample Rate for simple setup and CD burning.
  • Mac OS Universal Compatibility
  • Windows XP ASIO & Mac OS Core Audio Device Compatibility: Supports most devices from Digidesign, IK Multimedia, Line 6, M-Audio, PreSonus and more. See Recommended Hardware List
  • Screen Resolution: 1020 and 1125
  • Install on up to 3 computers using the same username

Important Notice: RiffWorld.com, RiffCaster song posting, and RiffLink online collaboration have been disabled. See RiffWorld forum for details.


RiffWorks Attaq Effect

Attaq is the ultimate Auto-wah filter effect. With Manual, Envelope or Sequence modes you can create wah effects from subtle to wild based on picking strength or a pattern.

RiffWorks TripWire Effect

Tripwire is a three-band compressor and distortion that can be used for everything from traditional low-mid-high eq to advanced frequency dependent compression and expansion, to insane pitch shifted distortion.

RiffWorks Tempest Effect

Tempest is eight modulation effects in one unit. With selectable wave shapes and full control over range, depth and tempo-syncable speed, it is extremely flexible without being overly complex.

RiffWorks 4X4 Effect

4x4 is more than your average multi-tap delay. It actually uses 4 discreet delay lines with separate control over tempo-syncable delay time. With the adjustable feedback damping, you go from warm tape-echo sounds to bright digital delay sparkle.

RiffWorks SuperTanker Effect

Supertanker reverb comes with spring and plate style reverbs and allows you to adjust the size and damping of the reverb.

RiffWorks Stamina Effect

Stamina is an optical style compressor that is perfect for tightening up a peformance or getting radical pumping effects.

RiffWorks NoEqual Effect

No Equal has traditional British EQ controls which are great for dialing in silky smooth frequency changes, without harsh peaky artifacts.


RiffWorks InstantDrummer

InstantDrummer provides tempo-sycronized drum loop sessions that can be accessed easily from within RiffWorks. Most RiffWorks InstantDrummer Sessions are loop recordings of professional drummers brought into the InstantDrummer format for easy manipulation by RiffWorks users. Play along with InstantDrummer sessions by famous drummers like Alan White (Yes, Lennon), Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie), John Tempesta (Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament, Tony Iommi, The Cult), Lonnie Wilson (Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), and Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver). Use them in your recordings royalty free!

Pick a groove, count off a tempo, and InstantDrummer inspires you to play along with 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. Add and adjust drums as you record or after you finish recording.

1 InstantDrummer Session in RiffWorks T4:
Demo InstantDrummer

9 InstantDrummer Sessions in RiffWorks Standard:
Afro Island Grooves: Sonoma
Bare Bones: Discrete Drums
Habanero Groove: Drums On Demand
Half Nelson: DrumsOnDemand
Matt Sorum Basic: DrumCore
Mekanic Beats: Sonoma
RAW Funk Grooves: Sonic Reality
Trash Funk: Sonoma
When I Drum Around: DrumsOnDemand



1 GB of RAM
1 GB of disk space free for installation
5 GB of disk space free for recording
Activation requires a reliable internet connection - Broadband (DSL, cable, etc.) recommended
Appropriate beverages

Pentium 4 or better
ASIO driver capable audio interface Details
Win XP SP 2, SP 3, Vista, Win 7 and Win 8

Mac OS:
Intel Core Duo or G5 Power PC
Core Audio input device - some do not have one built-in (eg. MacMini)
Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 (Mavericks)

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