Originally Posted by Mike P
This is the HIGH END forum. Do you seriously consider YouTube videos and POD's to be HIGH END?
The standard? Ha! Not at this point in time. And most likely, not anytime soon.
A kid? Who cares?
I absolutely guarantee that any recording professional worth their salt would choose a tube amp every single time over a digital emulation. Period.
I just picked high end because the topic is related to high-end tube amps, it was either that or the computer section where nobody looks.
Not any time soon eh? The interesting thing about this thread is that I'm basing in a future tense, but it's been happening for years. Bassists have been going DI for a long time and using amp modeling and most metal demos I hear on the internets for guitars are coming from a line6 pod. My band used pods for jamming on riffs and what not, and the quality is almost as good in some ways.
The reason why modern musicians prefer it for home recordings is because it's very integrated, portable/small, controls are at your finger tips, and you can get a pretty decent tone out of it and lay down a demo in no time. So if you're using that pod 90% of the time you play guitar, then eventually your regular stage amp won't be able to create the sort of sounds you're now interested in, that are now exclusive to the PC/software world.
If you had a line 6 vetta 2 then I suppose you could perfect your tone on your pod and then plug in your head and slap in some new tones, but you're still not really getting the full effect because you PC has the ability to run multiple VSTs/plugins etc whereas the head would only run your customization's with their software.
The only real real prediction I've made in the original post is that guitars will have internal computers that will process your preloaded settings and any other enhancements you desire. That could also be the standard one day as well because it would basically eliminate the need for a metronome, tuner, fx boxes and enhancements like compression etc. you would just need a footswitch, bluetooth again.
If you think about what the audience hears in a large club or stadium it's not the warmth of the tube amps, it's the clarity of the mix coming through the PA system. Most guitarists only play on 2 or 3 to avoid feed back any way so the tubes aren't even close to being fired up.
So if you replaced your amps with PA speakers the audience could care less. Instead of a wall of cabs, you have a wall of speakers. it's that simple. Instead of cables and a cluttered stage, you have zero wires and one pedal board. A really great PA system can sound a million times better than any tube amp on the planet...You could mic/lineout a decent practice amp through a nice PA and a nice room and the crowd would assume you had a wall of amps.
So if the guitars and basses were all going DI to the PA via bluetooth at full quality (24bit/96khz), you've basically just eliminated feedback and all kinds of natural amp noise and the sound quality from the audiences perspective would be very clean and clear, and what matters more: you looking cool beside your hot rod tube amp, or sounding like the largest string section ever assembled or an alien space craft taking off.
If the pod manufacturers can just figure out a way of giving the guitar tone the same sort of feel and life that good tube amp has, then it's all over. The sound quality of the live mixes and sheer amount of options players will have at their disposal will easily overshadow the appeal to own a vintage tube amp and it's one dimensional sound. Think 8.1 or x.1 channel output on your guitar at bluray quality.
Analog will take a back seat eventually, oh yes, there's no other way but forward.