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  • Mind-boggling Amp sims and Guitar FX

    I've been reading and experimenting with Amp Sims and computer Guitar Effects for a few weeks now. I am trying to make a decision, but everyday I find a couple of new options, and I am mind-boggled. I am willing to pay a couple of hundred dollars, maybe three, but where? Well, to get organized I made me a list of requirements:



    1. I need high quality amp simulations to use as a plug-in at a home studio AND in live performances

    2. I need a good variety of high quality guitar effects with easily accessible presets

    3. I need something that will not crash during live performances

    4. I need a way to plug the final output either to a PA (live) or to another amp or monitor (to practice)

    5. I need something that lets me change presets easily, preferrably through a foot controller



    Right now I am leaning towards Amplitube 3 + Stealthpedal, but I have questions:



    1. How performers plug computer effects into the pa in live performances: Do they use Guitar Rig Kontrol/Stealthpedal and plug it directly into the PA or do they use more professional Audio Interfaces

    2. If I use an Audio Interface, will I have to use amp sim/FX software as a plug in through a DAW? Doesn't it limit my ability to change presets?

    3. Are DAWs reliable enough to use in live performances? (I have Music Creator 6 and I get messages that audio has stopped every now and then, but I am using my laptop audio card, not an external audio interface)



    Sorry about the long post, but I have so many questions, I tried to be as brief as possible.

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    I've seen two recent interviews with Alex Lifeson and he's using a laptop with Guitar Rig on RUSH's world tour. That's a pretty good endorsement in my opinion. But regarding your #3, I don't think there are any guarantees on that with any setup.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ed Zachary
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      I've seen two recent interviews with Alex Lifeson and he's using a laptop with Guitar Rig on RUSH's world tour. That's a pretty good endorsement in my opinion. But regarding your #3, I don't think there are any guarantees on that with any setup.




      That's great to know. I knew Lifeson is a Native Instruments endorsed artist, but I didn't know he is using it live. Well, as #3 anything can crash at anytime. Your cable can break, your pedal fuse can blow... We just need something we can somewhat rely on. Something that you can trust that won't break about 99.5% of the time.

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        Quote Originally Posted by Ed Zachary
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        I've seen two recent interviews with Alex Lifeson and he's using a laptop with Guitar Rig on RUSH's world tour. That's a pretty good endorsement in my opinion. But regarding your #3, I don't think there are any guarantees on that with any setup.




        I just read about his rig in the most recent issue of Guitar Player magazine. He uses 2 Apple laptops running Guitar Rig, so he has a backup. However he has 2 of EVERYTHING except one effect, the TC1210 Spacial Expander, which is difficult to find anywhere.

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          Quote Originally Posted by Ed Zachary
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          I've seen two recent interviews with Alex Lifeson and he's using a laptop with Guitar Rig on RUSH's world tour. That's a pretty good endorsement in my opinion. But regarding your #3, I don't think there are any guarantees on that with any setup.




          Regarding #3, I've done laptop-based performances for over a decade and never had a crash. If you're running an amp sim stand-alone, there's not much to interfere with it or cause crashes. You just have to keep a clean operating system, reduce unneeded services, disable the wireless card during performances, etc.
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          • #6
            For amps, check out S-Gear.

            And if you happen to have a MacBook, then mainstage plus an apogee gio make for a very functional combination.

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              • #8

                Look into Vintage Amp Room.


                Simple setup with only 3 amps - vintage Marshall, vintage Fender, vintage Vox. Has a moveable mic on each cabinet and that's about it, but for a BELIEVEABLE guitar sound, it's a great VSTi.

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