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Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by Rockbly66, Mar 3, 2017.
I play mostly Blues and Blues Rock
"I play mostly Blues and Blues Rock"
In that case the choice is clear.
Scuffham S-Gear. Free trial period available.
Basically what I want to do is use my Computer as a headphone amp for electric guitar. I have two programs. One that slows down video at same pitch and one that slow down MP3s at same pitch. I want the effected sound of my guitar from the Amp/Effect sim to come out the Headphones as well as well as the sound of the two programs I mentioned above. This is what I want to use to practice. Right now I am using a Line 6 Podxt Red Bean. It allows the sounds from the computer to come out of the headphones attached to it along with the effected sound of the guitar. It is like 10 years old and I thinks it is time for an upgrade especially since I just moved up to Windows 10 and it no longer supports a program where you can control the Pod from your computer screen. That is why I need help with a good setup. Already got the Focusrite Audio Interface now I need to figure out the rest. Thanks
+1 on the Scuffham. I like Softube Vintage Amp Room a lot, and NI Guitar Rig 5 is not bad at all if you get it as part of a package.
I usually use the amp sims as plug-ins with my DAW, although they can run as stand alone. I am not sure how that would work with the software you are using to play your tracks.
Scuffham S-Gear came along with my Slate Everything bundle, & it's the best I've heard yet. Plus, you can use 3rd party IR with it. I also use Amplitube 4 Mesa Boogie Bundle...it's pretty great if you spend the time to tweak it. I use EZ Mix in a pinch or for Bass.
I'm a big Amplitube fan.
I've had awesome results with Amplitube 4. They say (whoever "they" are), that if you turn off the speaker cab, you can add an IR in your DAW. Results with just Amplitube can be very convincing...I am definitely going to try using 3rd party IR's & see just how good it could get. The Mesa Boogie Trans Atlantic is truly amazing for a clean tone. The Mark III is better for an overdriven amp tone. Adding the Amplitube Tube Screamer pedal makes it sound even better.
So I experimented last night with the idea I replied with earlier in the week. I plugged my guitar straight into my Focusrite Scarlett USB interface & opened a new Cubase project. Next, I inserted Amplitube 4 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier & dialed in a sweet tone. I selected IK Multimedia's version of a TubeScreamer for extra boost. Then I turned off the cab sim in Amplitube making my sweet tone sound rather terrible & shrilly/brittle sounding...yuck!
Back to Cubase, I inserted Scuffham S-Gear & turned off the Amp sim, leaving open the Reverb Convolver & delay. Next, 2 speaker cab IR's were selected along choosing an SM57 & a Royer ribbon mic (I think it's a Royer?). Holy mother of pearl...this sounds killer!!!! It took a lot of tweaking, but this combo is Jammin.
I am a big fan of amplitube.
Also look up Go play along : it allows you to sync backing tracks with tabs, slow down the tempo at the same pitch, loop a part in ordre to work on it.
Send me a PM if you want me to export my song database
Line 6 Helix Native with my Scarlett 18i20 rocks! free 15 day trail is also available.
Did another experiment last night, only this time with free plugins. I was looking for a clean, rich & swirly guitar tone. I plugged my Schecter JL-7 with active Duncan Loomis pickups into the Focusrite USB interface. I downloaded LePou Bogner & Engl amps & selected clean channels on each (dialing in a full tone). Then I downloaded OwnHammer's free Mesa IR. I have some Softube Plugins that were free with something I purchased. I chose a killer Reverb & Drawmer Compressor. The chorus VST effect is included with Cubase. Then I added a tape delay VST effect that also was included with some package. The LePou amps sound better than I could have imagined, but it's the Impulses that really put the sound over the top. Even for free, you could create a pro sounding virtual guitar track these days.
Voxengo.com. Go there and download the Boogex plugin. For some reason, Aleksey (who writes some of the best professional recording/mixing software in the world) gives this one away for free. It will surprise you: in how good it sounds, how versatile it is, how free it is, and how nobody knows about it.
To my ears, the best sounding amp modelling software is Bias by Positive Grid.