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Tried my first computer modeler, Very Nice!

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by dhuber, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. dhuber

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    I bought a used M-Audio Fast Track Pro Interface for my computer and installed the demo of Amplitube 3. The Windows 7 driver for Fast Track Pro works with Windows 8 too. I know a little about computers but I had a hard time making the Amplitube work. There is a setting in Amplitube that was set to Direct X, that has to be changed to ASIO. I installed this on my desk top Windows 7 and my old laptop with Windows 8. I noticed annoying latency when I started playing it through the laptop, but I must of clicked something because after 2 minutes I could not detect any latency. The demo only has 5 amps with 3 usable for guitar: Clean 1, Clean 2, and British Tube Lead. I'm not trying to sell any of these products but I just spent 2 hours on these three amps and they sound wonderful. Clean one with 6L6's is Fender clean. Clean 2 I liked with EL34's, it has a nice slightly warm break up. British Tube Lead sounded like a Marshall to me. The demo version of this would be adequate for me. Although I did not see a tap tempo on this version for the delay pedal or rack mount delay. There are only about 7 basic pedals with the demo but they all worked well. Apart from the one setting this software is pretty straight forward and easy to use. I never read any manual I just started pushing buttons and knobs. I still want to try Guitar Rig, Overloud TH2, and Revalver before I buy a full version. One thing I'd like about Amplitube is the ability to buy the Fender amps. My only other modeling amp is a Behringer V Amp 3 that has saw very little use because of it's lack as a modeler. All I can say is amp modeling has come a long way.
     
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  2. dhuber

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    I can see I'm having a conversation with myself...

    I down loaded the Peavey Revalver today. Not bad but I like Amplitude better. Amplitude is very easy and straight forward to setup. I'm a huge Peavey Classic 30 fan and I did not like the Classic 30 model. Although I did not take much time to dial in the right speaker cabinet. I did like the Basic 100 in the Revalver. I did like the fact I could tweak the tubes on the amp and I added a tube rectifier to the Basic 100. That sounded real nice. The Amplitube American Clean with EL 34's in the PA was my favorite. I just sold my Behringer V Amp 3 on eBay today. I don't think I'm going to buy a computer modeling amp or any other modeler at this time. It's too much tweaking and not enough playing.

    Playing through a regular amp is so much easier to set up and get a good sound. Even on the fly if one of my pedals is a little off, it's a lot easier to bend over and tweak a knob then use a computer mouse to tweak a knob. I can get about any sound out of my Peavey Classics and array of Boss Pedals.

    I also think these computer modelers are a little overpriced. Pay a little more and buy a Fender Mustang Amp and get the hardware and software all in one package.

    The only reason I see to use one of the modelers would be for recording to a PC. These new computer modelers are much quieter than my old V-Amp 3.
     
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    You have got to check out the Scuffham S-Gear. I was pretty happy with Guitar Rig, but the S-Gear is getting all of my attention these days. They have a 15-day free trial.
     
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    I like the sound of Amplitube, but it crashed a lot and had too much latency. I don't have either of those problems with Podfarm, but it sounds terrible while you're playing. Guitar Rig is a good compromise. If you use it for recording they all sound good, but playing through a computer is so uninspiring and feels different from a real amp. I agree that a Mustang is a better choice. I think they sound a lot more like a tube amp than any computer modeler and you can take it anywhere without needing a computer, some kind of recording interface, and speakers.
     
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