telecode wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:29 pm
I look at sims as a totally different beast than real amps. Basically, I don't expect them to be or do the same thing as real amps.
Sometimes for perspective, I like to reverse things. Suppose digital audio had been invented 100 years ago. Then in 2019, someone comes to a NAMM show and says "I have this AMAZING way to reproduce music! You take this big disc of plastic that wears out every time you play it, and drag a rock through it, and yeah, the rock wears out too, and of course you have to clean the disc before playing it or dust gets ground into the plastic...oh, and of course, you need to go through insane amounts of EQ to compensate for not being able to cut bass into the plastic! [/i]Is that cool, or what?!?[/i]
Yet there's a whole subculture that thinks vinyl sounds "better" than digital. Now, suppose only amp sims existed, and the first tube amp was shown at a show. Imagine what the reactions would be...
"Jeez, that's expensive. You mean it doesn't come with any effects?"
"Well, I definitely like the one preset it has. Does it have any others?"
"It gets really unpredictable when you hit it hard. Seems kind of random to me, almost like there's a VCA pulling it down or something."
To anyone who says a sim doesn't feel like an amp, that's not surprising - it's not an amp. A bass guitar isn't the same bass as a nine-foot Bosendorfer. Then again, a Bosendorfer doesn't have strap pins...
However, many of the amp emulations sound
like an amp, which is the goal. Think of all the A/B comparisons of sim vs amp in a recorded track and no one can tell the difference.
I remember someone who played one of the first Variax guitars and complained about the Tele sound. I said that I thought it nailed the Tele sound quite well. He replied "Yeah, but it doesn't feel like one, I mean how can it be a Telecaster without a maple neck?"
And there you have it. It's as pointless to say a sim doesn't do what an amp does as it is pointless to say an amp doesn't do what a sim does. Think of how many guitarists play more than one guitar, because each has its own feel and sound. So do amps and sims. It's fine if you prefer one over the other, but for those with the patience to make an amp sim do their bidding (and yes, it takes as much work, if not more, than miking a physical amp), sims offer a new world to explore that frankly, can make some pretty amazing sounds that are not possible to obtain with a physical amp.