Logic’s Amp Designer is a great sound amp and cabinet simulator. It goes a long way to getting a great guitar tone. But when combined with interesting third-party plug-ins, it’s range of expression is magnified exponentially. I have always been a big fan of Eventide’s plug-ins. I find they are both functional, yet also creatively stimulating. I had a guitar player over to record recently. We paired up Amp Designer (getting a relatively clean tone, using a slightly tweaked version of the Large Blackface Clean preset) with Eventide’s UltraTap and MangledVerb, and came up with a really interesting and unusual lead guitar tone. There was lots of space around it in the arrangement, so the colorful effects of the two Eventide plug-ins had lots of room to shine.
UltraTap does some incredible things that most delays don’t do. It’s Spread and Taper controls, which adjust the spacing and level of the taps, are a great way of generating a unique feel to multiple taps. The Slurm and Chop offer additional spice by adding a smearing effect and a volume LFO to the repeats.
MangledVerb takes reverb to places where no other reverb that I know of goes. Its Softclip function adds a really great rich distortion to the reverb tail. For a lead guitar, starting out with a relatively clean sound, this adds a special type of drive to the sound. The Wobble control adds some modulation to the tail. While this in itself is nothing unusual in an algorithmic reverb, the way it interacts with the distortion is. Since we weren’t driving the input gain into either the amp or the cabinet, all the distortion is coming in the reverb tail.