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Old 12-05-2017, 09:24 PM
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Default Amplifier Emulation/ Interface Options

I currently have a pretty basic setup. I have Protool 12.7 and use a Behringer U-Phoria Interface on my 2010 IMAC with the most recent OS. I need a good AMP Emulator that will provide the best sounds for Metal Guitar recording. I have the “Eleven” Plug in within ProTools. Should I just buy the Eleven Rack Hardware? Are there other option any would recommend. Budget is not a huge concern. Quality is more important... obviously don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Also, can I run this an amp emulator hardware through the Behringer or would I have to switch my internal interface?

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Old 12-05-2017, 09:39 PM
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You will likely get lots of opinions on this, so here's mine
1-Cost not an object? Buy a Kemper Profiler. Its killer in the hands of any reasonably talented player.
2-Eleven Rack is a decent piece but quite limited next to the Kemper. It CAN also be your interface, but its also on the "old" side of these things. My 2nd choice for hardware would likely be the Headrush Pedalboard. It takes the Eleven Rack platform up several notches, and its cheaper than the Line 6 Helix(which also can sound really good)
3-there are lots of software options and most any is capable of sounding great in a mix. They are also equally capable of sounding like crap. The difference comes down to the player and your willingness to put the time into tweaking the hundred things that are tweakable.
4-if you already have some pedals, a Fender Deluxe Reverb with ribbon mic can cover a lot of ground(if you can work with a live amp). Alternately, the Fender Super Champ XD head into a Palmer speaker load box......(yeah, there really are way too many options)
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:57 PM
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Awesome feedback Dave and I appreciate it!
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:27 PM
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Three words:

Kemper

Kemper

Kemper
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:40 AM
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What Eleven plugin? Eleven free? Eleven or Eleven Mk II? What amp sims in it do you use/like?

Are you just recording or do you want to play live? Have a dedicated box to practice on? What are you trying to do/solve exactly? And specific problems now? Stuff sounds wrong? Hum? Etc.

For metal/high-gain Amps, especially playing live I would look at the Fractal Axe-FX-II.

If you like the Eleven plugin sounds and want a live or practice box for that yes get the Eleven Rack. It is a bargain. Everybody should have one.

If you are just focused on recording and learning stuff as you go then hardware may not be where you should focus, you might start trialing software like BIAS Amp and FX... esp. if you like tweaking stuff. Or don’t fixate on that now, it may be mixing, layering, EQ etc. where you should focus. The biggest help there may be watching tutorials, reading up on guitar recording and mixing, etc,



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Old 12-06-2017, 11:40 AM
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If you want just a plug-in to use inside pro tools go to the Plugin Alliance website and demo the MegaDual guitar amp to see what you think of it. It’s an emulation of the Mesa Boogie dual rectifier amp that was built for getting metal guitar sounds.
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:44 PM
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Thanks to Dave I went and played around with the Kemper Profiler today.... it’s everything I could have ever dreamed of inside a small portable box. Probably the single most amazing piece of music equipment I’ve seen as a guitarist and I didn’t even know it existed... because I have a small child, wife, job, and think the ****ty music I play and record at home with built in plug-ins is sufficient. Ie..it’s like I was living on earth and suddenly discovered there was this infinite Universe outside of my box I call home. Thanks for your help.... now if I start saving I can afford one for my daughter in 5 years.
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:57 PM
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Kemper is on another level. I used to be a massive line 6 fan but the kemper kicks it right out of the park. My love for the kemper is so bad I own 3 aarrrggghhh


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Old 12-06-2017, 09:09 PM
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Kemper is on another level. I used to be a massive line 6 fan but the kemper kicks it right out of the park. My love for the kemper is so bad I own 3 aarrrggghhh


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Another really good amp simulation plug in system (already mentioned by Darryl) which is one the very first ones out there giving the guitarist a very direct, non-software-like feel on playing is the Positive Grid Bias Amp/Fx plug in.

I have had tested and heard tons of amp sim plug ins (from Amplitube, Brainworx, UA Unison, Eleven all versions etc.) over the years but the Bias Amp plug in provided the most accurate "guitar-feeling" of all those amp sim plug ins.

The great thing with the Positive Grid stuff is that you can start with only the Bias Amp Standard and the Bias FX Standard plug ins each for $49.- only at the moment and even keep using your current audio interface.

If you got any money later (or you will have saved some in the future) you can go and buy the Bias Amp Head or the Bias Rack hardware which will be the suiting hardware to your Bias Amp software sim.

Whichever amp sounds you may have found and played with with the Bias Amp plug in before you then can load into the hardware and use for gigging etc. Means you will not lose any of your favorite amp sounds but you only will be
able to expand your options.

There you can find the Bias Amp Standard version for $49.-
https://www.positivegrid.com/bias-amp/
https://store.positivegrid.com/?_ga=...anchor-biasamp
There you can find the Bias FX Standard version for another $49.-
https://www.positivegrid.com/bias-fx/
https://store.positivegrid.com/?_ga=...#anchor-biasfx

With these two you definitely have all you need to start. You may import all the amps from the Bias Amp software into the Bias FX software which can be done by a simple click within the Bias FX plug in and you are good to go.

You know, you want both, the Bias Amp Standard as well as the Bias FX Standard just because in the Bias Amp plug in there are the better sounding amp sims but there are no effects which you will find in the Bias FX plug in finally.
Get both, use it together and you will get a very decent set of guitar sounds for about $100.-.

As mentioned before you can expand your system with the Bias Amp Head or Rack hardware later where you can load into all your favorite amp sounds you have played with over the years before (with the Bias Amp plug in) and
you even can print/sample your hardware amps if you would want to like with the Kemper system.

The Positive Grid Amp system is very similar to the Kemper but with the Positive Grid Bias Amp/Fx etc. plug ins you can start out already without having to spend an arm and a leg for the whole hardware system yet having all the
sounds you may use later on with the hardware too.

One important, crucial thing at amp sim-recording always has been low latency. You definitely have to use buffer sizes not higher than 128 samples, to be honest, 64 samples would be accurate to play/record decent guitar tracks.
Means, if your Behringer audio interface does not allow for at least 128 samples without any problems and artifacts you will have to check out another audio interface. As mentioned before, if you can use 64 it would be a lot better.

It of course depends on the power of the processor of your iMac as well how low you can go with the latency at the end of the day but you might consider getting this little box instead of your Behringer too. It not only operates on
another level as for the sound quality of the converters and the mic pres, as I have seen at friends the 2nd Gen of these boxes allows for 64 samples most of the time even with many other tracks in the session already.
So this little interface is kinda bargain for what it´s offering. Further it does work well with PT12 as well as with all the latest versions of macOS and with Macs it does need no driver at all=no driver issues, which is very nice indeed.
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlet2i2G2

You see, for about $250.- you could get a completely new, modern guitar recording set up for your Pro Tools/Mac system which you easily could expand later with the Positive Grid Bias Amp hardware (Bias Amp Head or Rack) for
live or studio applications.

Rack
https://www.positivegrid.com/bias-rack/
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BiasRack

Head
https://www.positivegrid.com/bias-head/
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BiasHead

Yeah, btw they offer an additional Metal Signature Pack for again $49.- at the moment if you would be interested.
https://store.positivegrid.com/?_ga=...649.1513317362
(you may scroll down a bit to find it posted on the left side down there)
However, from my personal experience you will find enough decent stuff in one of the two Standard Packs for sure. This might be an additional option only.

Anyways. So I hope you will find the system which suits you best at the end of the day.


All the best to you,

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