Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Tour of amplifier models, part of GUITAR RIG: Signal Processing.
- One of the best things about Guitar Rig is its guitar amp modeling technology. So let's take a look and explore some of the different types of guitar amps we have to use in Guitar Rig. Now, we could go through our different presets, but what I'd like to do is take a look at the guitar amps in the Components section. So I'm going to go to Categories, and I'm going to go to Amplifiers, okay? Now, under Amplifiers we have all of these different guitar amp types. You may recognize many of these different amps because many of them are used by very famous artists and a lot of them are actually modeled after famous and iconic guitar amps.
And some of them are actually even named after people that use them. So let's start out with the AC Box. What I'm going to do to open this up is I can either click it and drag it, or I can just double-click on it. What you'll notice is that the AC Box actually opens up with a cabinet. What's cool about Guitar Rig is that you can actually mix and match the amplifier with the cabinets that you're using. For now we're just going to stick with opening up our different amps with their corresponding cabinets and we'll mix and match a little bit later. But this is the AC Box. (guitar riffs) The AC Box is supposed to be like a Vox AC30, which is like a really cool, British crunchy type of guitar amp.
It came a little bit after the type of Vox amps that the Beatles used. One musician who famously has always used Vox AC30s is Brian May from Queen. Here's what it sounds like. (guitar riffs) And let's bring up those Master FX that I was using earlier and turn those back on. Give me some space and a little of the compression. (guitar riffs) We have some different controls on our guitar amps. If you're not a guitarist, these controls may seem very simplified and you would be right.
Guitar amps typically have three or two tone knobs. So we have Treble and Bass in this case. Sometimes you're going to see Mid. Now, we have a couple of different volumes with the AC Box. We've got Normal, and then we've got Brilliant. And then we've also got some Tremolo there. So you're going to see some different variations on these different settings. But some of them are going to remain the same, like for example, Treble and Bass. So let's turn down the bass. (guitar riffs) Let me turn up the treble.
(guitar riffs) And then, I can also, let's turn down the normal and just listen to the brilliant here. (guitar riffs) You can hear that it's quite crunchy. Let's bring up normal, it's probably a little more balanced. (guitar riffs) You've got a little bit more beef to the sound. I'm going to go ahead and get rid of these real quick. Let's bring up my good friend, Citrus. I really like Citrus. Citrus is based on another type of British amp technology, the Orange amps.
(guitar riffs) You can hear that it's quite crunchy. It's got some nice bite to it. We can turn the bass up a little bit more. One thing I want to point out about these different amps in these processors is that we actually have different presets inside of the individual modules. So the presets over on the left hand side in the sidekick there are actually bringing up signal chains, groups of processors, whereas, these presets in here are just presets within the module itself.
So I've got Dirty Clean, which is how I like everything. (guitar riffs) And then we've also got Fat Crunch, which incidentally, is one of my other favorite descriptive terms. (guitar riffs) And then here it is without the Master FX. Oh, we turned the Master FX off down here by bypassing it there, just because they're disappeared, does not mean they are turned off.
(guitar riffs) So one thing I want to point out is that as you're going through these different things, it might be nice to have a couple of Master FX on there just to give you an idea of what it's going to sound like when things are mixed. Now we also have presets with the Matched Cabinet, but what's cool about this is that Matched Cabinet is actually just one module, and its presets are based on the different amps. So I could, for example, have a Citrus amp and bring up the Jazz amp cabinet, which is supposed to be like a Roland Jazz Chorus JC-120.
One of my favorite uses of the Jazz Chorus is David Byrne in Stop Making Sense. It's a really cool, clean-sounding amp that has a lot of nice chorus to it. So this is just the cabinet. (guitar riffs) And just for kicks let's try a different cabinet real quick. This is a Marshall cabinet. (guitar riffs) You can hear that the Marshall cabinet has a little more low-end. On all of these, we can switch between different mic technology. On our right hand side, we have what's supposed to be like an SM57, a dynamic mic. On the left, we have something that's more of a condenser type mic.
(guitar riffs) Okay, then we have Dry and Air. This is how close our mic is. (guitar riffs) You can see we're clipping a little bit, so I'm just going to turn down that volume in the module. (guitar riffs) Quite nice, quite handy. Now, if you're processing stereo material, you hit Stereo, it's going to process in Stereo. Otherwise, we can leave it off, because this is a guitar. Now let's pull out our Citrus, let's get rid of that for now.
And let's go ahead and let's bring up Plex. Plex is supposed to be like a Marshall Plexi, famously used by people such as Jimi Hendrix. Really cool, basic-sounding amp. (guitar riffs) What you're hearing actually, is that this is not a high-gain guitar amplifier. This was a very early amp style and the way that these were set up was actually to distort at very high volume. So as we turn the volume up here, we get more and more crunch.
Now this is really cool, because older guitar amps didn't have a distortion channel like we have right now. You just turn them up, you'd get distortion because the tubes were saturating and it would sound really good. What's great about doing this inside the computer is that we can actually just crank that and then turn down our output volume and have a manageable volume level with a lot of crunch. (guitar riffs) Now, these Plex amps also have multiple inputs that sounded a little bit different. One was bright, one was a little bit warmer.
And warm is a word that's generally thrown around when things aren't as shrill, they're a little fatter-sounding. (guitar riffs) And let's switch over to a drier signal. (guitar riffs) All right, so that's Plex, I love that. Now, let's move on from our high-gain counterparts, okay? Let's go ahead and check out a Twang Reverb. Twang Reverb is supposed to be like a Fender Super Reverb.
It's got that beachy sound, great for country stuff, great for blues. (guitar riffs) You know, these types of things. On our Twang Reverb here, we have Treble, Mid and Bass controls. We have a Bright switch, which will allow us to have a brighter sound. This also has its own built-in reverb, so let's go ahead and bypass the Master FX, turn up that reverb and take a listen to it. (guitar riffs) Really cool spring reverb sound, you can really get that nice Dick Dale tone if you wanted.
And just keep in mind, all of these things are really cool on guitars, but the fact that they're inside of Guitar Rig means that we can call them up as plugin effects in our productions on different types of instruments, which is really a lot of fun. There's a lot of experimentation to be had. So as you're checking out some of these different amps, I encourage you to do a little research and check out some of the music that was made on the originals, if you weren't already familiar. One of the cool things about some of these older amps is that they were happening at the dawn of the era of the electric guitar. So there was a lot of experimentation and there are a lot of different features to explore that gave way to classic sounds.