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Guitar amp simulators

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Rufio90210, May 14, 2015.

  1. Rufio90210

    Rufio90210 Active Member


    Currently using garageband and a bit underwhelmed by the guitar amp simulators. Im not in an enviroment where I can mic an amp up so need to find something good.

    Can anyone tell me if there is an improvement in sound quality and tone if I were to purchase something like amplitube or other? I just find my guitar sounds flat and lifeless in garageband, Ive played around with settings and although theres lots of great sounds the LIFE and FULLNESS is just not there. Ive bought a DI box so I can run my guitar through my interface preamps so will see how that improves when it arrives in the post.
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    To my ears, nothing sounds as good as an amp miked up. That being said, I've never used Garageband, so I have no idea how good - or not so good - the amp sims are, I'll have to take your word for it that they aren't great.

    I've used Amplitube, Vandal, and some Waves Virtual stomp boxes... sometimes they work for what I'm doing, but most of the time I use them only to get ideas down, or if I'm tracking late at night, but mostly I end up going back and re-tracking them with my Fender Hot Rod DeVille. For your situation, you might want to give Amplitube a try.

    Amplitube is IK Multimedia/T-Racks, so I'm pretty sure that, like the rest of their processors, you can download fully functioning trials for 14 days (it may be 10, I don't remember).

    You'll need to download their Custom Shop Application, from which point you can try all their processors, including Amplitube.

    Go to ikmultimedia.com and register as a new user, then download and install the Custom Shop application, after that, select Amplitube, and pick and choose which amp sims you want to try.

    end note: as a trial user, you'll need to keep the CS app open in the background while you are using the various amplitube plugs in your DAW.
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    You say you bought a DI, doesn't your interface have instrument input ??

    Guitar tone obviously starts with the guitar itself but the rest of the signal chain is also important.
    I was exactly where you are a few years ago until I bought my first high-end preamp. Well it was the cheapest of what I'd consider High-end, the Focusrite ISA. They are good mic preamps but also have an DI instrument input. At first try, I heard a world of difference from my audio interface.
    I also use Samplitube from time to time and get acceptable results but defenitly prefer a real amp.

    One other avenue you could explore is using an hardware amp simulator like a line 6 Pod HD or others.
    I say bring your guitar and headphones to a store and try a few ;)
  4. Rufio90210

    Rufio90210 Active Member

    Yo, I have bought a DUET 2 interface it hasn't arrived in the post yet. But I was intending to DI BOX my guitar and then run it into the XLR input of the DUET 2 so that I can use its preamps. As my understanding is that the instrument input does not use the preamps.
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Try it both ways. You may find you prefer one to the other, or they may sound very similar.
    pcrecord likes this.
  6. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I agree with Boswell.
    I found that depending on the Di Box you have, the instrument input may sound better.
    Congrat on the duet purchase, it's a nice interface !

    When you get it, it would be interesting it you'd post some samples here; with or without the di box ;)

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