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Blackstar vs. Suhr + IR + Engl Electric Guitar Amplification
Old 13th July 2018
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Blackstar vs. Suhr + IR + Engl

Unfortunatley I'm in a position where my current recording room is rather small, plus I am somewhat limited by noise.. Not too much, but I had a Laney IRT 60 W w/ a 2X12 celestion's and I could probably crank it to around 4 / 5 before I'd get shouted at. My room is at least extremely well treated and somewhat sound proofed..

Thing is even at relatively low volumes (well enough to shake the room a little bit) I got better recordings than I have from any amp sim or effects unit (like Axe-FX / Kemper)..

I believe I got rid of the Laney due to space issues because I also have a full sized E-Drum kit.. I'm undecided whether to go for a 50-Watt Engl Retotube with IR / Suhr reactive or just buy a 5W 2X10 combo Blackstar to mic up, sound quality is of course the primary concern here.

I do prefer the sound of the Engl but I could happily house and record the Blackstar (or suggestions on another 5W amp?).. Thoughts?
Old 15th July 2018
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No thoughts? Are these reactive loads and IR's worth it?
Old 15th July 2018
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Originally Posted by ShadowAMD View Post
No thoughts? Are these reactive loads and IR's worth it?
I use a Two Notes Torpedo Live and it works great.
Old 15th July 2018
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I would get the engl and an attenuator that also could be used for silent recording. Then you can both mic the amp and also use irs in the box depending on what it works. I have a blackstar ht 5 head, it is a great amp that I have recorded quite a bit. It has its use but the engl is in another league.
Old 15th July 2018
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Thanks for the feedback, I agree with Progfree why not have both? I'm going to melt my credit cards after all of this though :D..!
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