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Most 'Real' VST for a DI GTR?

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I just got the UAD card that comes Nigel. So I plugged my GTR in via DI and test drove it. Maybe I haven't given it enough of a chance yet, but it really sucked at this application. Am I using it incorrectly?

What VST's are there out there that actually mimic a real mic'd amp?



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BobRogers Thu, 05/01/2008 - 07:27

Don't know about this VST, but too many of these have presets that sound "impressive" when soloed, but don't sit in a mix live or recorded. I've spend a lot of time tweaking POD settings - fitting them to different PAs for live use and to sit in the mix when recorded. Takes time and effort. If you are trying to nail a particular sound in your head, it's probably a lost cause. But I've been able to get sounds that I like out of these things, and a lot of other people have as well. Use it on its own terms.

dterry Thu, 05/01/2008 - 09:42

It depends. Nigel isn't the best amp sim, but it can work for some things. Other options are Amplitube ( ; Waves GTR; and NI's Guitar Rig.

For a free amp sim, the JCM in this set isn't bad: - look under current technology, then click on "Simulanalog Guitar Suite" there is a zip file of the Guitar Suite of plugins about half way down that page.

Amplitube might be the best (only used it briefly and I'm not a guitar player per se), but a real amp may still be more satisfying.

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Link555 Thu, 05/01/2008 - 10:06

Cool thanks guys I will check into the simulalog suite. I may use nigel to dirty up other things, but I really found it muddy. So unless I need some mud on a geek drum mic, it will take some time to find its uses.

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hueseph Thu, 05/01/2008 - 10:14

Just to plug another freebie in there. Here's freamp from fretted synth. It's not awesome but it sounds better than the Digitech pedal I have. No real heavy tones but great for standard rock.

I'm an Amplitube fan.

Fretted synth also has some cool plugins that let you use your guitar as a midi controller but as you can imagine, tracking is incredibly slow. Anything past 80bpm gets lost and smeared. Cool for a novelty thing though.

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hueseph Thu, 05/01/2008 - 12:33

Yeah. Surprisingly it does, though as you can imagine, the more complex you play, the worse the potential latency/glitches. Still pretty cool though. I'll pm you when I find the files.