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Cheap hardware amp / cab sim for direct recording

Post by R.U.Nuts » Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:24 am

Well, the title says it all. Can you reccomend any amp and cab simulator pedal for DI recording that doesn't cost more than say 200€? Or are cheap amp sims generally no good?
I'd like to have something that gives my DI guitar signal the tones I get from my AC30. I'm after clean or slightly overdriven sounds with nice dynamics. I'm not that much into high gain or fuzzy sounds.

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Re: Cheap hardware amp / cab sim for direct recording

Post by fac » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:06 am

You should be able to get a decent amp+cab sim for 200 euro. I'm not familiar with most models, but I would look into these:

- Used Line6 POD XT or Pocket POD
- Zoom G1 Four
- Used Boss GT-1
- Some iteration of Tech21 Sansamp.. I'm not familiar with the different models

If you're recording into a DAW, there are quite a few good options in software.

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Post by GuyaGuy » Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:49 pm

There are several plug ins in that price range. Software sims make more sense to me than hardware sims because you can save a direct in take and swap out the sim or just dial in a different tone if you want. Softube and Amplitube both do a good job and have AC-30 models. I think they have demo versions too. I usually let pedals add most of the overdrive. It might be just psychological but I prefer the response from analog dirt.

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Post by R.U.Nuts » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:13 am

GuyaGuy wrote:There are several plug ins in that price range. Software sims make more sense to me than hardware sims because you can save a direct in take and swap out the sim or just dial in a different tone if you want. Softube and Amplitube both do a good job and have AC-30 models. I think they have demo versions too. I usually let pedals add most of the overdrive. It might be just psychological but I prefer the response from analog dirt.
Sure, you're right. But there are two things that keep me off software:

1. I won't always be using the amp sim for recording. Often times I will be using it to just make practising more pleasant. That's why I want to be independent of a computer. I'm looking for something that's portable and doesn't challenge my patience while it's booting the DAW.
2. Most of the time I record my synth and everything in one take from the main outputs of my analog mixer. So If I'd use a computer based amp sim I would have to pipe my full mix with all the instruments through the amp sim :deadbanana:
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Re: Cheap hardware amp / cab sim for direct recording

Post by R.U.Nuts » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:14 am

fac wrote:You should be able to get a decent amp+cab sim for 200 euro. I'm not familiar with most models, but I would look into these:

- Used Line6 POD XT or Pocket POD
- Zoom G1 Four
- Used Boss GT-1
- Some iteration of Tech21 Sansamp.. I'm not familiar with the different models

If you're recording into a DAW, there are quite a few good options in software.
Thanks for the reccomendations. Especially the Sansamp stuff looks interesting.

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Post by Kent » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:44 am

Boss VF-1

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Post by fac » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:21 am

Kent wrote:Boss VF-1
Always wanted one of those. Never seen one for sale. :(

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Post by dkcg » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:23 pm

No idea on price, but Strymon has a new pedal called Iridium that's an amp/cab/room sim coming out. Maybe by the holidays? :despair:

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Post by phase ghost » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:39 pm

Joyo AC Tone does the Vox sound quite well.

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Post by Koekepan » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:46 pm

Zoom G3n.

Or its bro; the G3Xn.

Meets your under $200 budget. Road-ready ruggedness. Lots of effects along with amp/cab simulations. Sounds way better than it has any right to at that price.

It has my unqualified endorsement, and I've used it for professional output where nobody had even a moment's complaint about sound quality.

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