Guitar Amp Sims

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  1. Luckbad

    Luckbad Traded in a unicorn for a Corolla

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    Who out there is into guitar amp sims? I've tried most of them at least once over the years.

    I never loved any of the one trick free ones unfortunately.

    I still have some version of Overloud TH3 that is okay. I haven't yet tried TH-U but I've read some good things.

    The first computer-based amp sim I really liked was Positive Grid Bias Amp. I have that and Bias FX, but I own Bias Amp 2 and Bias FX 2 now and those are my primary guitar rigs these days (plus a few pedals I built in front of them).

    I've also owned a lot of the hardware sims like the Pod HD Desktop, Helix, Boss GT-5, Axe FX 2, and Kemper. Of those, the Kemper felt the best and Axe FX probably sounded the best. I never really got along with the Helix tonally despite it being the sexiest to use. The Pod HD Desktop lasted the longest (several years) mostly because it wasn't worth a ton to sell.
     
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    I ran through a ton of amp sims as well and they all seemed to fall short in one way or another. I haven't really played in years but I have a EVH 5150 III, the matching 2x12 cab and a Krank 1x12 cab. It gets the job done and is a joy to play but recording in a tile office doesn't give the best results, at least at volumes I dare to play at.

    My buddy has a TON of amps and cabs and also had the Axe FX 2 adn now the Kemper. He loves the Kemper and is planning on profiling each of his amps/cabs and then selling most, if not all. I'll probably bring by my stack and profile it as well. If it turns out to be as good as I hope I'll consider a Kemper as well just for ease of recording and not making a ton of noise.

    I really need to get back to playing...
     
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    I'll likely pick up a Kemper again eventually. Not only does it feel the best to play, it's also the easiest to make quick amp-like adjustments without getting lost in the weeds tweaking.

    I like that Kemper has worked very hard not to release hardware that replaces the original unit. Fractal releases a New Way Better Unit Yours Is Now Deprecated every couple of years. $2000+ and they slowly stop supporting your purchase. Kemper takes the other approach and just keeps giving people more for their money over time.

    Anyway...

    Positive Grid. I've had Bias Amp 2 since it came out. You can get some good sound out of it and the interface is slick. I grabbed Bias FX 2 Elite to pair with it during their sale (which might still be going on) and I'm super impressed.

    I have a couple of multi-amp setups decently dialed in for classic rock and 90s alternative tones. AC/DC and Green Day or Stone Temple Pilots type stuff.

    And I'm using a Stratocaster.

    One of the coolest features of Bias FX 2 is the guitar match. You profile your guitar and vaguely match it to a suite of guitars. Swap the Strat to sound more like a Les Paul or something else with humbuckers and you get fairly convincing tone without switching guitars.
     
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    I've been having fun with Bias FX 2. Really solid piece of software. I'm curious what @Psalmanazar uses. A lot of metalheads use this if they're willing to pay money for a plugin.

    I popped together a little Everlong thing today for kicks to see what tones I could get with my dead stock '97 Sheraton. I'm going to be modding the crap out of this guitar soon (after I get my Stratocaster back from the luthier for some fret work).

    You can hear several spots where I just dropped to DI or isolated the Bias FX 2 guitar tone.

    http://www.basshead.club/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/luckbad-everlong-biasfx2.mp3

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    Oh right, and a different chain of course for the couple of clean parts:

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    Nice try there homie but I can tell you just took Dave Grohl’s voice out of the mix ;)
     
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    I didn't do the entire thing! I stole a karaoke version and plopped some tracks down in 1 pass per track to show you what the software does. :p

    Later tonight I might find an AC/DC karaoke track and see if I can get a reasonably good Malcolm Young tone (since my guitar is a semi-hollow... and I only know his parts because I stopped trying to remember solos years ago).
     
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    Psalmanazar was: dingleberry; now: chill + interesting

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    @Luckbad simulanalog is still a good, free jcm 900 beeswarm
     
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    A little Back in Black. I only isolated the DI and Bias FX 2 tone near the beginning because I didn't feel like doing any work. My guitar is only in the left speaker in honor of Malcolm (and because I was only playing his part).

    http://www.basshead.club/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/luckbad-backinblack-biasfx2.mp3

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    Same amps and largely the same chain as the Foo Fighters thing. Mostly because I know how to tinker with those amps now.
     

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