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Amp Sims
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:11:44 PM »
Today is the first day I have played guitar properly since Xmas.  I seem to have been under the weather ever since with various colds and flu's.  I can't sing due to a bad throat so thought I would have a play with some amp sims today.

Two great sounding sims I have been auditioning are Poulins LE456 (modelled on an Engl apparently) and the TSE X50 (modelled on a Peavey high gain amp).

I used a single impulse with each in Voxengo Boogex and got some great sounds with my strat copy guitar.

This has opened up something to me, as I have steered away from higher gain settings previouslt. Spiral put me onto Queens of the Stone Age latest album recently and it made made we want to try something a bit noisier and muscular.

I have had a great couple of hours, noodling and riffing with these sims, and would highly recommend them, and as Smurf would say, they are at our favourite price point!
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Re: Amp Sims
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 11:32:14 PM »
Gaz,

+1 to TSE & LePou plug-ins.  All around very nice sounds.  Incredible that this is freeware/donationware.  Very cool.

I haven't used Voxengo Boogex for a while.  I grabbed Kazrog's Recabinet when it was on sale some time back.  It makes everything sound better.  It got pricey now at almost $50 usd but is worth a tryout (& be patient for a sale).  These guys are also coming out with their own amp modeling sim, due to release sometime in the 2nd qtr of this year.  Should be interesting.  'Thermionik'.

There's another free/donationware sim out from a talented guy in Russia:  Mercuriall  A couple of JCM800 amps + others, cab emulation, users guide etc.  The link is to the developers site and it takes something like forever to load.  But there is good info there.  If anyone is interested in downloading the files, Google the name or go to Guitar Amp Modelling site or Reaper Forum & you'll find folks have posted the files for timely downloading.   A bit higher cpu use than others.  Different design than most sims.  And you gotta read the manual.  But it gets some interesting sounds.  Really good stuff.

That said, I can't get around the fact that everything I play (almost) these days runs thru Scuffham S-Gear 2.  Incredible stuff that I have to try to get bad sounds out of.  Granted, this too has gone up in $$$.  But the 15 day free trial is worth a run just to hear what it does. 

I don't play thru amps anymore...all 'in-the-box'.  But different guitars sound better or worse using any given sim.  Nice to have options. ;)

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Re: Amp Sims
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 09:07:09 AM »
Agree totally, with you guys.
I've been using the Ignite NRR-1 amp sim, lately. Either the 1st or 2nd channel, the 3rd is much more crunch than my teeth can handle......  ;D
Very controllable.

If I'm gonna use a sim, I usually take my signal from the line out of my little Fender Sidekick 25, but clean. Otherwise, I find the Strat sound a little thin and it can get just too gritty, if I go direct to the desk/input, even when using a pedal (straight through) as a d/i substitute. But, maybe that's just me.

I can, mostly, get the sounds I'm after from my (real world) amps, but that requires that I give them some volts (turn them up  ;D), and I'm shy of giving my neighbours a free concert.......  :P

The sounds I usually go for are really just a bit overdriven (sold the Big Muff fuzz years ago). So, when playing live, I use a little 'Boss Turbo Overdrive OD-2R' and an almost un-perceptible amount of 'Boss Digital Delay DD-7', which fattens things up for me.

The TSE and LePou I like, but haven't got to grips with, yet.
I'm sure gonna play with them some more, now, after hearing your comments.  ;)

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Re: Amp Sims
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2014, 05:11:52 PM »
Ignite's 'Anvil' growls pretty well too.  As does Nick Crow Labs 8505. 

I'm going through a Strat Renaissance of a sort.  Rediscovering things about that particular instrument that used to frustrate me no end.  Now I find these nuances to be incredibly interesting.  A lot of what I'm liking about Strat tones is the grit & bite that it gets.  Touchy & temperamental as far as controls & position & style but fascinating in the unique sounds to be found.   

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