Best Amp Software or Preamp?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by MilesHolmwood, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. MilesHolmwood

    MilesHolmwood Active Member

    I own Guitar Rig 3 and Amplitube. Not satisfied with any of the sounds. Ive also built a dummy load box so i can run a line from my Orange heads into a 4x12 simulator and then into my interface for silent recording... And still not happy haha.

    So.. Is there any other programs or Pre amps you guys would suggest?? Ive looked at the ENGL and Mesa Recording pre amps.

    Digi 002
    LA 610 Pre amp
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Why don't you just mic a cab?
  3. MilesHolmwood

    MilesHolmwood Active Member

    Want it for silent recording. All my stuff is crammed in a tiny room. I do most of my recording at night when everyone is asleep. So I want the best possible sound without mic and cab.
  4. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    In my experience, GTR is good.

    What are you not happy with?
  5. MilesHolmwood

    MilesHolmwood Active Member

    I prefer Amplitube over Guitar Rig. Guitar rig sounds too digital and solid state when it comes to using it for rhythm guitars. Doesn't offer enough punch and realism. For leads it's great.

    I'm thinking a pre amp might be the solution. been looking at the Mesa Recording amp and some ENGL. Just seeing if anyone else has tried them
  6. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    This might be a little unorthodox, but...

    You have a pretty nice preamp.
    Why not get a decent DI box (good to have anyways), run it into the 610, then use one of the emulators on that track?
    I would think the 610 might make enough of a difference to help with the "sterility" and "boxiness" you are encountering.
    If not, you own a nice DI box. If it's passive, you can even use it in reverse.

    Otherwise, I would check out the SansAmp stuff. I had a bass player bring one of those things in, and it was pretty awesome sounding.
  7. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    the LA-610 IS a really nice DI box!!!
    i use it with GR3 and am really really happy with the sounds... not digital sounding at all. i close my eyes and swear its a real amp (or any number or real, really nice amps). there are infinite ways to tweak your sound to find the magic, and i find very small adjustments and combinations of adjustments can yield HUGE differences. have you messed with the advanced amp features (bias, response, sag etc. etc)? have you pressed the HQ button in the top right corner? i find that NONE of the presets work well with my guitar, pickups, style etc, but that they are a good starting point...
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Have you considered building a isolated speaker cabinet? I know there are some commercial ones out there too but I bet you could build a decent one for fairly cheap.

    Here's a couple of links:

    Just a thought. I don't think any of these are completely silent but it might be quiet enough in conjunction with a power soak.
  9. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    i was inspired to post a few examples, using the same equipment as you (002, LA-610, PT LE 7.4, GR 3), but i got a little carried away and made a song instead. i would normally roll the low and mid lows off the rhythm guitars but i left them fat. anyway, you might not like the sounds, but i don't think they sound 'digital'...

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