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Best free software for guitar tones?

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  • Best free software for guitar tones?

    With Guitar Rig offering a single amp version of their software for free, and Amplitude coming with a free Fender and Marshall to play with, I've got this idea of recording some tracks using only free products (I've got a Pod, but its pretty old and even freebie tones are probably much better sounding).



    Not really being an expert on software guitar emulation I'm wondering if there are any other free products out there I can add to my tone library? Or perhaps other software that would help me achieve great sounding audio for free.

  • #2
    LePou Amps

    GuitarHack impulses
    http://simplehomerecording.com

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    • #3
      It seems those LePou Amps are popular with the metal crowd. I've read a few youtube comments of people saying they are better than Guitar Rig and Ampitube for metal. Seemss good to me :-D Thanks for the tip.



      Anything else?

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      • #4
        They're great for non-metal too. HyBrit is an awesome Marshall simulation and LeXTAC is a great Bogner XTC simulation. LeXTAC is probably my favorite.



        I use a few others but they're not free (ReValver and RedWirez for cabs), but I really do feel that LePou's stuff is the best. With good impulses (GuitarHack's are great and free), they're worlds better than Amplitube and Guitar Rig.
        http://simplehomerecording.com

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        • #5
          It boggles my mind how they are free when so many people rate them above the professional expensive plugins.



          Does any one have suggestions for stomp box emulations?

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          • #6
            Yuo need to check out the stuff from here:



            http://www.acmebargig.com/#
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            • #7
              Thanks for the additional link. Looks like some more awesome stuff, though it appears to only work on Windows and I am on Mac. In general it seems like there are a lot more free plugins on Windows than on Mac. Booo.

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              • #8
                Sorry, didn't realize. Good luck!
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                • #9
                  I just checked Le Pou's stuff, this is absolutely awesome. I also donwloaded GuitarHack impulses... and I don't know if I am doing something wrong or if it is for Mac, but what I got is a .rar file. When I expand the file it only has some .wav and .txt files under a bunch of directories. Am I doing something wrong?

                  With Le Pou's it flawless... I downloaded dll's, put them in the vstplugins directory and tell my DAW to rescan the VSTs. Voil

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                  • #10
                    For the impulses, you need a vst that will read them. These are usually called impulse loaders or cab simulators. There are several that people like. LePou has 2 versions. The original called LeCab and another later version called LeCab2. They are good and they look nice, but I like an older one called KeFir which uses less cpu and allows you to adjust where the impulse tail is truncated if it's a long impulse. If you don't know what I'm talking about just use the LeCab stuff, they are easier to understand and there are even youtube videos that show how to use them. All of these will load those wav files you found in the GuitarHack archive.



                    You put this vst after the ampsim vst in the DAW chain of effects. Note that you only need to use these impulses if the amp sim does not already have a cab sim as part of it. You would need to use it for all the LePou amps for example, but you wouldn't need to for the Amplitube 3 because it already includes it (although you can turn it off). The documentation on the amp sims will tell you if you need to use an impulse or cab sim afterwards or not. Good luck!

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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by Sparky Coldfire
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                      For the impulses, you need a vst that will read them. These are usually called impulse loaders or cab simulators. There are several that people like. LePou has 2 versions. The original called LeCab and another later version called LeCab2. They are good and they look nice, but I like an older one called KeFir which uses less cpu and allows you to adjust where the impulse tail is truncated if it's a long impulse. If you don't know what I'm talking about just use the LeCab stuff, they are easier to understand and there are even youtube videos that show how to use them. All of these will load those wav files you found in the GuitarHack archive.



                      You put this vst after the ampsim vst in the DAW chain of effects. Note that you only need to use these impulses if the amp sim does not already have a cab sim as part of it. You would need to use it for all the LePou amps for example, but you wouldn't need to for the Amplitube 3 because it already includes it (although you can turn it off). The documentation on the amp sims will tell you if you need to use an impulse or cab sim afterwards or not. Good luck!




                      Hey, many thanks, I will try to make it work with the LeCab!

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                      • #12
                        for impulses on my Mac I use Laconvolver to load them



                        http://audio.lernvall.com/
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                        • #13
                          Thanks Bluesman.

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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by Sparky Coldfire
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                            For the impulses, you need a vst that will read them. These are usually called impulse loaders or cab simulators. There are several that people like. LePou has 2 versions. The original called LeCab and another later version called LeCab2. They are good and they look nice, but I like an older one called KeFir which uses less cpu and allows you to adjust where the impulse tail is truncated if it's a long impulse. If you don't know what I'm talking about just use the LeCab stuff, they are easier to understand and there are even youtube videos that show how to use them. All of these will load those wav files you found in the GuitarHack archive.



                            You put this vst after the ampsim vst in the DAW chain of effects. Note that you only need to use these impulses if the amp sim does not already have a cab sim as part of it. You would need to use it for all the LePou amps for example, but you wouldn't need to for the Amplitube 3 because it already includes it (although you can turn it off). The documentation on the amp sims will tell you if you need to use an impulse or cab sim afterwards or not. Good luck!




                            Hey, thanks a lot... I downloaded LeCab2 and put it after another LePou amp in the chain of effects. I see that you have 6 separate units you can load the wav files... but I definitely don't know how to use it, so I'm gonna do some research over the web, since I did not find documentation at LePou's blog.

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                            • #15






                              Quote Originally Posted by Sparky Coldfire
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                              For the impulses, you need a vst that will read them. These are usually called impulse loaders or cab simulators. There are several that people like. LePou has 2 versions. The original called LeCab and another later version called LeCab2. They are good and they look nice, but I like an older one called KeFir which uses less cpu and allows you to adjust where the impulse tail is truncated if it's a long impulse. If you don't know what I'm talking about just use the LeCab stuff, they are easier to understand and there are even youtube videos that show how to use them. All of these will load those wav files you found in the GuitarHack archive.



                              You put this vst after the ampsim vst in the DAW chain of effects. Note that you only need to use these impulses if the amp sim does not already have a cab sim as part of it. You would need to use it for all the LePou amps for example, but you wouldn't need to for the Amplitube 3 because it already includes it (although you can turn it off). The documentation on the amp sims will tell you if you need to use an impulse or cab sim afterwards or not. Good luck!




                              Hey, thanks a lot... I downloaded LeCab2 and put it after another LePou amp in the chain of effects. I see that you have 6 separate units you can load the wav files... but I definitely don't know how to use it, so I'm gonna do some research over the web, since I did not find documentation at LePou's blog.



                              Edit... found documnetation in the blog... my bad

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