Fender amplifiers: comparing hardware with software

To give you an idea of what software modelling can achieve, we recorded two simple guitar riffs through both a real Fender valve amp and through a selection of amp models from the AmpliTube Fender software package.

For the amp files, we used a Fender Telecaster guitar (volume and tone both on full, middle pickup setting selected) plugged directly in to a 1975 Fender Champ amplifier (5 watts, Class A, single-ended, all-valve, handwired), with volume on 8/10 and bass and treble both up full (10/10). No effects pedals, compression or reverb was added. 

The amplifier was miked with a Sennheiser 441 and the recording was captured using a Metric Halo ULN-2 set at 24-bit/96KHz recording quality. Files were converted to mp3 using Bias Peak Pro 6.

For the software files, we used the same guitar settings and connected the Tele directly to the ULN-2's DI input jack. We then selected various amp models in AmpliTube Fender that exhibited similar tonal characteristics to our real Champ amp, matching the dial settings where possible - e.g. volume up nearly full, bass and treble up full, no effects, compression or reverb.

All files are totally dry, as processed in Peak Pro 6: no post-processing was involved, other than the downsampling necessary to convert each SDII file to mp3.

NB: the files may not play directly in your web browser. For best results, we recommend downloading each file and opening them with Apple's QuickTime Player.

To download a file, right-click and select "Save link as..." (Firefox) or "Save target as..." (Internet Explorer). Save it to your preferred hard drive location (e.g. Desktop) and open the file with QuickTime using the "File>Open File..." menu option.

QuickTime Player is a free download from Apple [new window].

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