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Re: RME Firewire 800 and Guitar Amp Sim - Preamps
On 27 aug 2007, at 22.19, Luca Formentini wrote:
> Hi Kris,
> you may consider me crazy but since at least 10 years I play with
> no speaker simulators at all.
> When I play live I go direct into the converter ( FF400) just after
> having passed an overdrive, a compressor and a volume pedal.
Salve, Luca! Kris - I'm a crazy-son-of-a-bitch as well! I like to
plug directly into the instrument jack of the FF400. With ultra thick
plain jazz strings I get an awesomely warm and humming sound that
way. The FF400 offers the option to dial in the exact input level
that sounds best. And there's a huge difference in sound even on
small changes of the input level. And if using a guitar with too
sharp sounding strings and pickups you can roll of some treble on the
Try this: Guitar directly line-in through instrument input. Put a non
latency EQ plug-in as the first to happen after the signal is
digitized. Man, that's a holy grail!
> 1st thing I noticed: most guitar preamps are pumping the mids in a
> way that even if you cut all of them you can't get a good "flat"
Nels Cline told me about having exactly the same experience, Luca.
Speaking real amps, that is though - but there's where the sound
references for he simulators come from.
> 2nd thing: bass preamps are usually more sensitive, natural and
> wide in frequency range.
I'm wondering if this is not also true for real tube amps as well?
The best sounding (jazz vibe) guitar sound I have had was on a
borrowed Fender Bassman 50 W top.
Greetings from Sweden