A big thumbs up to my buddy Ken at AcmeBarGig. He has really become a mighty fine programmer of guitar-related DSP, and the last week was his proudest yet, releasing a new virtual amp head every day of the week. These are all based on his latest modeling technology and they have great tone and feel. They are, as described, amp heads, so make sure you’ve got a cabinet sim after them; I recommend LePou’s LeCab 1.10 IR loader, with either the quality included IRs courtesy of the fine folks at GuitarAmpModeling.com, or IRs of your preference (I personally use ReCabinet Complete for my IR needs, covers all the bases very well).
To put it in the words of a KVR poster, the heads do feature some “dink humor” in their naming scheme, so consider them PG-13 (hey, rock n’ roll hasn’t ever been politically correct!) There are seven to choose from, but I recommend grabbing all of them since they’re free and all sound different and quite nice. You’re sure to find a flavor or two (or three, or four, or…) that suits you perfectly.
Here’s a little sample of what I am affectionately referring to as “D-head” to keep my blog family friendly.
D-Head is thick and has tons of ba- er, guts! For effects I’m using Bionic Delay, a great free delay plugin I favor, and IKMM’s fantastic CSR Plate Reverb. I am also using Softube Acoustic Feedback up front (see my last blog post for more on that). The cabinet sim is LePou’s LeCab, with two IRs from Recabinet Modern 2.0’s Randall XLT 4×12. But the tone is all D-Head!
As a bonus, all of the Preampus Head series have Ken’s new Treble Master pedal built in (which you can turn on and off, of course), so you’ve got a ready boost to kick things into high-gear with any of the amps. Experiment with different combinations of the various gain stages available – most of the amps have Input Gain and additionally another Gain control, sometimes referred to as Power Gain, and then you’ve got the Input Level adjustment AND the controls on the Treble Master. Quite versatile results can be had from different combinations, so have fun playing with these heads! Just don’t tell anyone in your excitement that you’ve been off fooling around with…. you know. 😉