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Thread: Can Digitally Modelled Amps replace traditional Analogue Amplifiers? (listening test)

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    Can Digitally Modelled Amps replace traditional Analogue Amplifiers? (listening test)

    Hey Guys!

    I'm conducting a study on the topic of digitally modelled amps. It's based on my own hypothesis that digital amp modelling can replace all types analogue amplification (tube amps in particular) for common guitar practices which include practicing at home, live performances and studio recording. Therefore, I created a listening test which is primarily intended to illustrate whether guitarists would happily use amp modellers as opposed to tube amps and other analogue amplifiers in terms of tonal quality. The questions aren't perfect (biased in some people's opinion), but hopefully your feedback will enable me to generate sufficient data for me to prove or disprove my initial hypothesis. So if anyone is interested in participating, you would be contributing towards new research on guitar amplification would be helping me out massively!

    (Also, make sure you read the instructions before completing the test as there are audio files you need to download to use whilst doing the test)

    Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZCRRZWJ

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    Overlord of Music DrNomis_44's Avatar
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    Since I tend to use digital amp simulator plugins to record my demos, I would say that in a pinch you can rely on them to get a good sound for recording, my main amp simulator plugin is one called BIAS, it is made by a company called Positive Grid, in my opinion I think it is one of the best sounding amp simulator plugins I have ever tried so far, I also have some LePau amp simulator plugins too, there's one other plugin I use which is made by a company called Ignite Amps, it is called NadIR, basically, it is a Speaker Cab simulator that uses Impulse Response files to very accurately model Amp Speaker Cabs, best of all, it is free.

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    You may not get a lot of responses when you ask people to download files in your first post.
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    Unfortunately, my tiny speakers in the middle of my loud and busy shed are not going to cut it. I can barely hear whats being played let alone subtle nuances in the tone. Sorry, I'm gonna have to sit this one out.

    EDIT: Deddy, you make a very good point.
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    Hey Pabs I am confused with your new avatar, is that Hanson ?
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    'As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.'

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    I love Nirvana...
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    haha so do I Pabs, can't say I have any Hanson in my music collection.

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    The technology is now at a place that they can model different transformers and there affects. The input and output, infact the whole signal chain. It's now down to the technician gettng those models to be realistic. In the next 5 years your going to see some amazing advances not only in electronics but in modelling and programming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wokkaboy View Post
    Hey Pabs I am confused with your new avatar, is that Hanson ?
    I like Nirvana too

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