Guitar Amplifiers Amps
Yup – we all love the ease of use of our amp sim plugins – & yeah – some of them do sound kinda ok – but! In a real recording studio like This – we like to deal in reality & move a bit of air.
For us – amp simulations are either a sticking plaster for badly recorded guitar tracks we’ve been sent as part of a session to mix, or we like to use them as effects to enhance our properly recorded guitars and basses.
Amplifiers are big, heavy, clunky things to have around & require a lot of support & attention to keep them in tip top condition – but – you need them to get real guitar tones.
We seldom use just one amp on guitar regardless of style – we like to use Two for the initial rhythm – there’s just something about the mixed tone of two amps playing the same guitar line at the same time, plus the mic phasing options give one a lot of tonal variation & control.
Overdubs are different – generally you’ll want a thinner tone with secondary parts to help them fit into the scope of the audio field or mix – so one amp usually does the trick, and you can spatialise the audio with delay, chorus or reverbs at production time.
Here’s our (constantly updating) collection of guitar & bass amps.
Our 1976 Vox 125 tube amp combo is loaded with vintage Goodmans speakers & has the classic Vox sound – but with the addition of a whole ton of gain from the input & sensitivity knobs. The eq is 5 band & very potent. It’s easy to sculpt most tones in no time quick!
Vintage 70’s Miles Platting (or Wilsic) 100 watt all tube bass or guitar amplifier. The cleanest sounding loud amp I ever did hear – & what a tone! great for pop / rock / soul guitar, & so Goddamn cool on bass it’ll make you cry!
Ibanez TS15 all valve guitar amp with inbuilt tube screamer. This has the most gorgeous clean sound going – has a couple of 6l6 tubes at the output so bigger & less choked sounding than most Brit amps – & the tube screamer actually sounds & behaves like a real tube screamer! Win win all round.
What is it about cigarettes people don’t like?? They actually stopped making these amps cause some people didn’t like the packaging. God damnit! this one has been used loads in the studio – most notably by King Krule & Millions band.
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…. & then there’s This!
No it’s not real – it’s our newest amp sim by those amazing Sknote people – sounds pretty bloody good though – way better than any other we’ve tried. I kinda like it on vocals too – something about the tremolo…..