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29th December 2010
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Amp sim pedal?

I'm looking for a good amp/cab sim pedal that I can run a FullDrive2 into (+ other analog effects) to get a better sound for recording to a preamp/computer, so I don't have to mic an amp.

Or if the pedal would sound best alone, without the FD2, then that's ok too, as long as I can add it to my current pedal effects chain (wah, chorus, phase, delay, ect) and still get a good sounding realistic amp tone with all my analog pedals running through it (or the other way around).

I might also want to run this amp sim pedal into my amp (front end) with my amp on a clean channel because I don't have an effects loop, so my delay, reverb, etc. pedals will sound best going into a clean channel after overdrive.

So what sounds good and still retains some bass and not too thin sounding.

Thanks for any good recommendations.
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One of the Tech21 Character pedals? I've been using the British for this.
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One of the Tech21 Character pedals? I've been using the British for this.
Hey thanks. Does the British only sound like one amp? Or can you get more than one amp sound with it?
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I think it's one type per model in the Character series, so the British is a Marshall-type. There are other Tech21 pedals that give you more variety I think.
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Do you know if there is one that does a good clean sound (e.g. twin reverb) and a nice dirty sound also, in the same pedal? Or would I have to buy two different pedals for both?

Or maybe a clean sound and then I could run my FD2 thorough it for a nice overdrive. Would these Character series take a overdrive ok?
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Looks like the Blonde might be what I'm looking for. But of course I'm still interested in any other recommends for an amp sim pedal that might sound even better.
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I like the sans amp stuff. I have a PSA1 and its awesome for direct recording. Most of the time I leave the tracks I do. I run it into an API or great river and its great. I also like the GT2 and classic sansamp.

Here is another option with true bypass and some little extras

AS-1 Amp Simulator
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For a nice problem solver, the Sansamp classic is perfect: you can pack it with your pedalboard and go direct if your amp craters, record with it, push it with your pedals, it sounds good no matter what I do... And they're inexpensive. And they cut better than the digital amp modelers.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.

@ drbob1

What do you think of the Sansamp GT2 compared to the Sansamp Classic version?
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My GT2 was much noisier than my Classics have been. That said, it's nicer to set up because it's mentally easier...
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what software are you using for recording? you may find a good DI (like the Radial JDI) will give you a better signal to work with whatever amp sims you have.

Used to have a Mesa Boogie V-Twin Rack preamp and an ADA MP1; both were great for recording direct. Paired with an old ADA MicroCab II, great way to get clean, dirty or crunchy amp sounds in without getting evicted.

Since then, I've sold them (the ADA stopped working after 20 years) and now record either direct, or mic up the Bandmaster and the Mini Z, usually with 3 mics:
e906 - Bandmaster
57 - Mini Z
KSM27 - Room Mic, about 4' back and 4' up

Hope this helps.
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Thanks guys.
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1st January 2011
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Amp sim pedal?

I almost never record direct guitar because I don't like the sound. However on the rare occasion I actually want that sound I'll reach for my sans amp classic. Works as a cool overdrive box too. I think it's the nicest (or least offensive) sounding box for the purpose of amp sim.
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