Wampler Triple Recstortion and Amplitube X-Gear

July 29, 2009

This is one of my go-to patches for demoing gear, using components from Amplitube 2 and Amplitube Fender. Since it’s in the spirit of the series of posts I figured I’d remark a bit on it here. I’m using Amplitube 2’s Deluxe Memory Man model, and Amplitube Fender’s Twin RI and its matching cabinet, though I’ve adjusted the cabinet sim portion to run in parallel with two different microphones to capture the sound more “fully.” Not a big deal for cleans, but for distortion very important, especially for higher gain distortion; the sound at one mic position is very low-bandwidth otherwise, and usually too focused for my tastes. I’ll post the patch up tomorrow if anyone’s interested. I first made it for demoing the Marshall-in-a-Box pedals, and I figure why fix what isn’t broken! The premise is the same: if a pedal can make a Fender sound like a Marshall, it’s doing something cool. Here, if a pedal can make a Fender sound like a Mesa, it’s doing something cool.

This is a picture of the prototype. I’ll post a picture of my actual unit tomorrow; my wife and I couldn’t find our camera, it’s out in the car but it’s too dark to see so I’ll get it in the morning. The layout is identical but the color is not.

Wampler Triple Recstortion

I happened to get one in for an upcoming FrugalGuitarist feature I’ve got planned, a Mesa-in-a-Box roundup. This limited edition of 100 actually already sold out in the few days that it’s been available, but Brian replaced the order dialog on the web site with a comment box and the following statement:


No longer Available
Unfortunately, we have reached the limit of the temporary offer. If there is enough interest I may choose to make it part of the permanent pedal line.
Let us know your thoughts!

So if you like these clips, I suggest you go tell them that you would buy one if it were still available. I am definitely glad that I have mine, it’s got a great sound. I’ll be giving it a full review for Frugal in the coming weeks, but if you have any questions about it let me know and I’ll answer them as best I can.

Anyway, clips:

Signal path:

Schecter C-1 Classic -> Wampler Triple Recstortion -> EHX Deluxe Memory Man -> Fender Twin

Two clips. First a setting that was to my tastes and some tasteless wanking. The settings for this clip were Level to unity (by the way, there’s plenty of volume on this pedal, you won’t have trouble adjusting the output), Gain at 3 o’clock, Treble at slightly before noon, Midrange between 10 and 11 o’clock, Low Contour at 2 o’clock, “Modern” mode.

Second, adjusting the pedal through a bunch of different settings on the fly, including different EQ adjustments. I start on the Vint. mode and switch it to the Modern mode later in the clip. At the start the Gain is at its lowest setting.

Hardware into Software, 1: Zoom Tri-Metal pedal into Fender Bassman models

July 25, 2009

Had no time today to revisit the clips, but I did listen to them on my monitors at home; they are somewhat brighter than I had intended but not extremely so. There really are big differences between how the different models and their speaker emulations sound in the different software! The funny thing is that it’s hard to tell before clicking on the Tri-Metal how it’s going to sound into this or that Bassman model. Frankly they all sounded lovely clean, but in different ways; with a high-gain, Recto-ish distortion up front it sure changed a lot, huh? For those interested, my settings on the Tri-Metal were: Treble -4, Midrange boosted in the upper mids, Bass -5, Gain slightly before noon. Yeah, there’s wayyy too much of everything available on the Tri-Metal, it is the definition of over the top, so your best bet with it is to cut rather than boost. It’s got brutal distortion at 1/3 on the gain knob; it’s not playing around!

Still no comments, that makes me sad. Please speak up folks, I crave your participation 😀

Alright, ladies and gentlemen, the long wait is over! This update is my substantial return to this blog, and with it I pledge to provide more interesting content and commentary to suit my readers. I ask that you please help me out by commenting on entries and letting me know what you do and don’t like about my updates, what you think I’m doing well, what I could do better, and any ideas or requests you have for future updates. I’ve got some stuff on the list of things to do, starting with the addition of a new table of contents page to keep track of all of my articles on the blog more sensibly than they are now with the wordpress widgets.

For this update, my signal chain was my Schecter C-1 Classic (my go-to guitar for most of my gear reviewing because of its familiar pickups and sound) into my beloved Zoom TM-01 Tri-Metal distortion pedal, then into an IK Multimedia StealthPedal and on to my DAW. I used the venerable Fender Bassman because nearly all of the software I use has a Bassman model, and it’s a sound that I think everyone has had at least some experience with. There are a number of different revisions of the Bassman amp, and they can differ quite notably in their overall gain, ease of overdriving, and basic tonality; since different software plugins emulate different versions of the amp, don’t be surprised to hear some stand-out differences in the tone. I used only the cabinet simulation native to each software, so what you’re hearing in each case is just what it can do alone. That’s the norm for my work but I want to remind you and let newer readers know that’s the case!

As usual I spent a lot of time tuning each of the plugins to sound its best individually, giving my ears time to rest between tweaking each. I have a great deal of respect for all of the modeling programs that I use, and I think it’s important to try to make them shine on their own, as though each was the only software that I had to work with. Hopefully by doing that I can give you guys something useful even though you might not have access to such a range of programs. My goal in this roundup, and in the ones I will do in the coming days, is to explore how these modelers interact and function with hardware. While probably most guitarists aren’t collectors like me, we do tend to be gear lovers, and one of the important aspects when considering a digital setup is how well it can integrate into our current approach to the guitar. A guitarist making forays into the digital world expects a learning curve, but hopefully the things that have been useful and fun creative tools before getting into amp modeling can retain their utility even when the amp part of the equation is bits and bytes.

As usual the best judge of sound is your ears, so I invite you to listen to the clips and post your thoughts before I post mine tomorrow evening. I play three different sorts of things in the clips, with different emphases on playing style and dynamics; you will probably notice that each of them causes the software to react in a different way, and some of those differences are really interesting. On to the clips!

Amplitube 2

Amplitube Fender

Amplitube Jimi Hendrix

Guitar Rig 3

Pod Farm

ReValver MkIII

Overloud TH1

I hope that this update gives you all something fun and useful to chew on. After this, I won’t be able to use the same model across all of the programs, so the comparisons will have more variables; giving you this one first gives you a baseline for comparison that should keep the rest informative despite the differences I can’t control for in using different amp models! Please post your thoughts and comments, I want to hear what you think before I tell you what I think!

Got everything installed finally, that was waaay more of a pain than it had to be! Working on the content now.

July 23, 2009

The last tough one to install turned out to be ReValver MkIII – because I couldn’t get Peavey’s web site to serve the file! It kept cutting it off at 8-12MB resulting in a corrupt archive. Finally managed to get the whole thing yesterday, and now I can finally get this going. Thank you for your patience, everyone, I hope to have the first part posted tonight!

Might be another day or two before I can get everything posted – computer woes

July 16, 2009

Out here at my wife’s folks’, I’m using her laptop as my portable studio computer. Well, it doesn’t seem to want to play nice with licensing my stuff. Amplitube everything, TH1 1.1, Pod Farm have all installed and licensed more or less fine, but I’m having less luck with Guitar Rig 3 and ReValver MkIII. However I don’t anticipate it being an intractable problem, just something that’s going to take some tinkering; I can record and post some physical-gear-into-digital-modeler clips with the ones that I have managed to get working, but I want to have a decent update for you guys and I’d really rather have as much of my modeling software installed as possible so I can record a more comprehensive set before posting.

If you have a strong feeling one way or another, comment on this and let me know – if you guys want me to post anyway I will, otherwise I’ll get my situation troubleshooted and resolved so I can do it as planned.

I tell ya, when I’m having computer troubles I can understand why people buy a POD/Tonelab/G9.2tt/GT-10 etc.!

Recording some clips, a different sort of thing

July 13, 2009

I’m going to use a variety of amp sims to demonstrate a bunch of different gear. The goal is just to show off how various amp sims work with external hardware (that is, pedals, preamps) running into them. I hope this will be an interesting post for y’all to see some of the sims in action in a regular studio setting. Should have them up by Tuesday; Wednesday if it takes me longer than anticipated.

Incidentally the clips are also going to be used to demo gear that I’m selling to try to make ends meet while my wife and I are moving in to the new place. Cross your fingers for me, folks, it’s tight around here for sure.

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 On Sale!

July 6, 2009

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Native Instruments Launches “Tone Up For Summer” Special Offer for GUITAR RIG 3

Berlin, July 6th, 2009 – Native Instruments has just launched the “Tone Up For Summer” special for GUITAR RIG 3, a time-limited offer that gives access to the acclaimed digital guitar studio at substantial discounts of up to 50%.

With its wide variety of authentic emulated guitar gear based on advanced Dynamic Tube Response modelling, complemented by a host of versatile performance features, GUITAR RIG 3 is the industry-leading amp and effects emulation system for guitarists and producers of all styles and genres.

Until August 31st 2009, the “Tone Up For Summer” special offer puts the GUITAR RIG 3 Software Edition at a suggested retail price of $169 / EUR 149 and the GUITAR RIG 3 Kontrol Edition with included foot controller/audio interface at $449 / EUR 399, available from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop.

Further information on GUITAR RIG 3 is available at


Guitar Rig 3 is a great program, very comprehensive tonal options and probably the best effects in the business. At that price, certainly something to consider adding to your collection (or starting one!).