AmpLion 2 Rock Essentials - Answering your FAQs
Hello Audified friends,
Recently, AmpLion 2 Rock Essentials was released. Everyone involved in the project is indeed happy with the results and pleased by the overall warm welcome received across the guitar community to this day! Thank you for that :)
I have sat down with the chief designer and the mastermind behind the AmpLion algorithms, Jaromír, this time to discuss the most frequent AmpLion 2 Rock Essentials-related FAQs.
So let us start with the first one!
FAQ no. 1
"We miss the compressor! A traditional one (Dyna style) or a more crisp and modern one!" (Dropping the “transparent” T-bomb here :) )
All the amps in AmpLion 2 Rock Essentials provide a decent compression from their circuitry caused by natural tube compression, sagging, or a smaller headroom of, e.g., Bartender 65 or Jukebox 30. You might have noticed, with these two amps, the gain must be set pretty low to get really clean sounds without any preamp compression. It brought us to the conclusion that the compressor pedal might not be so needed for these amps. But because of the widespread demand, we are about to add a compressor to AmpLion 2 Rock Essentials update.
FAQ no. 2
"I can’t live without an IR loader, also, four cabinets, is that it? Will there be an option to load personal impulse responses? And what about more cabinet models? Something with V30s?"
The aim was to get the fastest response and the lowest latency possible from the plug-in. That is why we developed a proprietary minimal phase speaker cabinet simulator that does not use any buffers at all. To add yet another realistic aspect to the plug-in, we later added a delay equal to the time the sound wave travels from the speaker to the microphone, too. With the Distance parameter maxed out, there is a delay of 0.3ms. The selection of cabinets is derived directly from the amp selection. And we tried to tune the AmpLion 2 Rock Essentials towards more vintage sounds overall (even prior to the introduction of the V30). Anyways, the IR loader will be also added to the next update, so it will allow you to load your favorite impulses.
FAQ no. 3
"No tuner? I am out! :)"
The tuner will be part of the iOS AmpLion (now in the works). There is probably your favorite tuner already installed in your DAW. Although the internal tuner could be handy in some situations, it would be just another tuner.
FAQ no. 4
"What was the motivation behind including these specific amps? I can name plenty of other classic amps. And why have you included only three of them?"
I remember endless discussions about this topic amongst the members of the AmpLion team. Neither combination of amps will make everyone happy, there will always be something missing for someone, and essentially sooner or later, we would need to include everything there is. We decided to go the opposite way. We asked many musicians what were the first three vintage amps that came to their minds. And why vintage amps? Personally, I think these amps are the most difficult to emulate. High gain amps are a little bit simpler to emulate, as many things are hidden to the ears, but this is not true for the clean and classic crunch sounds, and we wanted to challenge our technology and push it to the next level.
FAQ no. 5
"What about more variety in pedals? There are no pitch-shifting effects, no harmonizers, or what about a CE style of a chorus, maybe?"
We don’t plan to add any modern style pedals, like pitch-shifting effects or harmonizers. But I could agree that a classic chorus that allows you to mix the wet and dry signal to get a subtle chorus effect is missing. We will probably add one chorus effect to the next update.
FAQ no. 6
"Why aren’t the Input and Output level values included in the preset-able parameters?"
The reasoning behind this is quite simple. The input level shall compensate for your audio interface setup and not for your guitar. You should set it once and not need to change it even when scrolling through the presets. If you play active pickups, you’ll get more overdriven sounds, exactly like in the real-life scenario. If you want to decrease the gain in front of an amp, you can load an EQ pedal into the Pre effects page, set it with a flat response and lower the output level of the EQ itself. The same principle is used for the output level of the plug-in - set the output level you desire only once. In case you want to adjust the level after the amp and cab and before the plug-in output, use the mic level controls into the Cabinet page, or add a pedal in the Post effects page.
FAQ no. 7
"Will there be more AmpLion 2 series products? Maybe a metal-focussed package, or something with more modern content overall?"
We would like to release more AmpLion 2 series products, and a metal-focussed package could be for sure one of them, but the amount of AmpLion 2 series plug-ins will be rather limited.
So here you have it, your FAQs are now answered by the man behind the plug-in himself :)
For more info, check out the AmpLion 2 Rock Essentials product page.
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