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Amps Vs. Computer Vst

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Crazy  
10 Aug 2010 15:13 | Quote
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I was wondering what everyones thought is on expensive amps vs cheap, and just as good vst- plugins?
Empirism  
10 Aug 2010 15:26 | Quote
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I use VST plugins mainly when recording, amps with the band. High quality VST plugins like guitar rig and amplitube are good sounding imo. Like amplitube fender, Fender company have certified its sounds, so it cant be much worse than orginal amp sounds.

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macandkanga  
10 Aug 2010 15:42 | Quote
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I agree with Empirism. There's nothing like the sound of a good amp live but for home use and convenience a computer with good plugins sounds great. You do however neet a computer with enough power to process data with little to no latency (unwanted delays) and speakers good enough to produce the sounds you desire.
gx1327  
10 Aug 2010 16:10 | Quote
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like everything in the universe, it's a tradeoff. convenience vs. performance.

my computer has two speaker sets - two tiny PC speakers next to the monitor whose woofers can't be larger than 1", and it's also connected to my surround sound receiver. although it's a powerful system with 5 speakers, the physical speakers are still not very large...

compared to my amp which is a modest 15w x 8" speaker. as far as amps go, that's not very big, but it's still much bigger than any speaker connected to my PC. and it's still louder than anything else i have. my surround sound system can get pretty loud with a DVD, but the modest amp still gives it a run for its money.

and in response to your question of expensive vs. cheap amp... my amp isn't anything special. it's not cheap, because it's fender's G-DEC series... it models a bunch of different amps and has some built in features that i don't use. but if you were to get a straight, no frills 15w amp it would sound louder and clearer than your PC.

of course, you lose the convenience of all the modeling software included in the PC, hence the tradeoff
Crazy  
10 Aug 2010 17:30 | Quote
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I agree with all of you. I have played expensive amps and cheapies, and I really never cared for modeling on any amp, they just seemed weak to me in one way or the other so I went to pedals and then it seemed to mud up the sound if ya know what I mean. But I recently downloaded a recording software demo and ran into the latency problem,then downloaded asio4all software took care of that, hooked up a distortion pedal to the computer , downloaded a bunch of vst plugins and was blown away on the quality of it all. I personaly think that, you could spend 2 grand on a amp and not sound that good.
I am going to run my PC to a Clean amp, just for volume.
macandkanga  
10 Aug 2010 19:20 | Quote
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Yeah. I don't like modeling on an amp. I want the amp to sound like the amp.
Crazy  
10 Aug 2010 19:38 | Quote
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I should tell you people that what I typed above sounds like it would be easy, but really takes alot of tweaking along the way or you will blow your sound card..if you want pm me and i will send a detailed way of doing this, I cant put it here because it would take up to much room. If you do pm me give me a couple of days to send it all to you. This is not modeling either, I use no amp bundles or the like. it takes the dry signal from your guitar and your distortion pedal and get plugs directly into your puter.
nullnaught  
15 Aug 2010 20:57 | Quote
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What is a vst plug-in?
Crazy  
16 Aug 2010 05:08 | Quote
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Vst plugin is software or .dll files that you download as a zip file and put them in the folder of your application(pro tools,cube base) for example, then you can use them, like reverb,eq,chorus and many others. Also amps sims, but some of those are .exe files. It takes
tweaking to use them cause their are so many variables, to get the sound you want, but when you do they sound pretty good to me.


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