It’s safe to say that we are rather spoilt for choice when it comes to electric guitar centric hardware and software for studio recording. There is an exciting new bread of audio interface emerging these days designed specifically for making the job of electric guitar recording simpler. There are also countless pedal and amp simulators, DSP outboard processors and so on for hours of fun with your favourite axe in the studio. We’ve been fortunate enough to have a play with a vast majority of this sort of gear, of which you can check out below in our reviews and tests…
The team at Slate Digital are very pleased to announce the amazing sounding TH-U Slate Edition guitar amp, cabinet and effects emulations is now available as part of the Slate Everything bundle as well as a stand-alone purchase. I love a good amp-sim so check out the video where I dig in and create 3 very different, yet classic guitar tones.
Back in January 2019 at the Winter NAMM show, our friends at console, mic pre and interface manufacturer Audient announced the new Sono audio interface. Sono forges a new path for the UK based company as it is firmly geared towards guitar players who want to produce high quality recordings with a minimum of extra kit. We have been using Sono not only to record guitars using the built in room, microphone and speaker cabinet simulation by Two notes audio engineering, but also vocals and drums for this demo session. Take a look and listen to how this small, yet powerful interface is able to adapt to all of your studio requirements.
We recently ran a poll asking you, The Production Expert Community, to take part in a unique Vox AC30 blind listening test. We provided seven audio examples with one of the clips being a real Vox AC30 recording, the other six where produced using a number of popular guitar amp plug-in emulations. The results are in!
Can you identify the real Vox AC30 electric guitar amp recording in amongst 6 other examples produced with some of the best guitar amp emulation plug-ins in this blind listening test?
In this free video you will learn a way of cherry-picking your favourite elements from different guitar amp simulation plug-ins and combine them to create new and interesting guitar tones.
In this in-depth look at the Universal Audio OX - The Amp Top Box for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey, with the support of Universal Audio, takes a deep dive look and listen to this solution, which is both a reactive load box and speaker, mic & room emulation for your electric guitar rig.
The elusive ingredient we all always seem to be searching for is the perfect emulation of analog circuit components and characteristics. Hear for yourself if True Iron by Kazrog fills the need.
In this extended video review Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at Amber, a virtual acoustic guitar instrument from UJAM, examining the interface and auditioning the instrument both in isolation and in context with other instruments.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor, James Ivey takes at the new Buxom Betty guitar amp simulation for the Universal Audio Apollo interfaces and the UAD-2 platform by Brainworx.
The Helix Native introduces the Line 6 hardware HX Modeling technology in native plug-in format. This guitar processing suite includes a vast collection of vintage and modern guitar amps, cabinets, speakers, stomp box effects, dynamic processors, EQs and microphones.
In this review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Torpedo Studio by Two Notes Audio Engineering. This amazing 2U rack unit makes recording guitar amplifiers really straightforward by allowing you to plug your amp or amp head directly into the unit and having it deal with the power soak issues.
In this video Julian takes a look at the new Ampeg B-15N bass amplifier plug in. With Unison technology and four different cabinets and various mic options this plug in offers everything from deep and rich to clanky distortion.
In this review Paul Drew looks at the Antares ATG-1 Guitar floor processor. This unique floor controller uses technology developed by Antares, to change the pitch and model of the pickups on your guitar.
In this video review Pro Tools Expert team member Dan Cooper reviews The Brian May Special Guitar. The BMG Special is an affordable replica guitar based on the iconic Red Special guitar built by Brian May and his Dad in the 1960s. Dan made this his "Find Of The Week" in Podcast 206. Watch the video to hear how it sounds and to find out what Dan thinks.
This video, which accompanies the J entry of the A-Z of UAD series on Pro Tools Expert, Julian looks at the new Marshall JMP 2203 plug-in.
Paul Drew Reviews the Avid Eleven Mark 2 and compares it to the Eleven Rack.
Paul Drew takes a look and listen to the new Universal Audio UAD Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962 guitar amp plugin