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IMPULSE LOADERS

LECAB 2 - NADIR - Mix IR 2

A cabinet simulator is made of 2 things:
- An impulse loader, which is a plugin with various options,
- An impulse, which is an audio file. This audio file is the sound print of the gear you wish to emulate. The impulse is what will allow you to simulate the sound of the chosen cabinet, so its quality is essential if you want a good result. In fact, your cabinet simulator is merely an impulse loader. Then you choose what type of cabinet you want to emulate.

How to use it?
That's simple. You pick one of the plugins below, for example LeCab 2, then you place it after your amplifier simulator, and you load an impulse in it.

The cabinet simulators you can download below are provided without any impulses, so you have to find or buy them and load them in your cab simulator. You may download free impulses, below, find some on the Internet (free or not), or make them yourself...

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LECAB 2 (web site)

LeCab 2
LeCab 2
LePou gives us access to no less than 6 impulse slots simultaneously! For each one of them, you can invert the phase if needed, set the delay time, configure a lowpass and a highpass filter, and of course you can set the pan and volume. You can also solo each slot, link the loaded impulses of 2 slots (but other controls remain independant). You can also control the latency. The lower it is, the more CPU-consuming it becomes and vice-versa. Last but not least, the graphic interface is nice and clean!

But why would I use 6 cabs at the same time?
Well, with only one guitar take, you can get six differents sounds, which allows you to get a bigger sound, or to obtain sounds that are impossible to achieve with only one cab, by using various impulses, modifying the panning or the other settings... You don't have to use all six available slots, but if you wish to experiment, you can. I usually use two impulses of the same cab but with different microphones, so it will simulate the sound of a real cab recorded with two microphones. And if I want a bigger sound, I can add more impulses. Very convenient.

One nice improvement over the previous version of the plugin, it now remembers the impulses' folders of origin. So you don't need to scratch your head anymore if you don't remember what impulse was used when the impulse name is not explicit.

Download LeCab 2 from the official site and make a donation if you like it!

I give you the possibility to download it from here nevertheless, but I strongly encourage you to support LePou and visit his website: LeCab 2 (Rev1) (Poulin_LeCab2_Rev1.rar, 849 KB)

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NADIR (web site)

Ignite Amps NadIR
Ignite Amps NadIR
NadIR is a free plugin from Ignite Amps. This Italian company makes and sells real guitar amplifiers, and they develop excellent amp simulations (demos on this page). NadIR allows you to load an impulse in either available slots and modify the settings as you see fit. You can pick a mono, double mono or stereo signal, set the processing quality depending on your computer ressources, use high-pass and low-pass filters, set the delay and panning of your impulses.

Downloads

PC VST 32 bits (Ignite Amps NadIR 1.0.2 VST PC x86.zip, 3.41 MB)
PC VST 64 bits (Ignite Amps NadIR 1.0.2 VST PC x64.zip, 3.45 MB)
Mac VST (Ignite Amps NadIR 1.0.2 VST Mac Universal Binary.zip, 6.65 MB)
Mac AU (Ignite Amps NadIR 1.0.2 AU Mac Universal Binary.zip, 6.73 MB)

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MIX IR 2 (web site)

Mix IR 2
Mix IR 2
This plugin is offered to anyone who buys the complete collection of Redwirez impulses, or you can buy it separately for US$ 49. It is efficient and stable, and it's also very thorough because you can load up to 30 impulses simultaneously and it offers an excellent sound quality. In fact, it's in direct competition with LeCab2, except that LeCab2 is entirely free. MixIR2 will indicate you the name of the impulse that was previously loaded and you will have to go and get it where it is now stored. This plugin isn't free but it's excellent.

It is available here.

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billynilly
01/18/2020, 18h08

Whatever happened to the Cranked AC plugin? I've been looking all over for it but can't find it anywhere.

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Sorry, I never heard of this plugin. If it's an old plugin, chances are it's also a 32-bit plugin, which may not work properly on modern systems, but anyway I couldn't find it either.
Grebz



Kovrm
01/12/2020, 23h06

So the chain goes:

DAW > Audio Interface Out > Amp > Speaker > Mic > DAW

This is correct based on my understanding from what I've read, and the few videos I've watch on creating IRs. My question, then, is when I plug into the Amp I've seen people say plug your Interface out into the FX return, but you say the guitar cable jack. What is the purpose in doing one or the other?

Side questions:

What channel should my amp be on? I'm assuming the clean channel.

What should my Amp settings be (EQ, Gain, Channel Volume, Presence, Master Volume)? I can't find a clear answer anywhere.

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Hello,

About plugging into the FX return or the guitar jack, I don’t know. Actually, the amps I’ve used myself to make IRs don’t have any FX return, so I didn’t have a choice and had to plug into the guitar jack. I guess there’s no harm trying both (not at the same time!) and comparing if you have that possibility. Chances are there’s not much of a difference, but again, I may be wrong as I have not tried this myself.
About the choice of a channel, and the settings: the channel doesn’t actually matter. You’re not capturing the amp sound, but the speaker sound.
From what I’ve experienced, the EQ and Presence should be neutral, the gain/saturation should not be engaged (or set to a level where no distorsion can be heard). As for the volume, set it to a level that’s high enough for your microphone to be able to pick up a good signal (no need to record higher than -6 dB, by the way, give your signal a bit of headroom).
But you should also be careful not to set it too loud to protect your own ears. It doesn’t need to be pushed too high. I think a level high enough to cover your own conversational voice should be enough. I tried various volume levels, and it did not affect the results notably. I did not get better results with very high levels than with normal, humanely bearable levels. Don’t set it too low, though, because it’s better if your speaker does move some air.

Experiment, try different amp settings and see whether that changes the results.

Grebz



William
10/20/2019, 17h06

Hey, I downloaded the plug-in and extracted it. Then put it in the plugin folder but it is not working. C:|Program Files|Common Files|Avid|Audio|Plug-Ins. Would this be the right steps? Please let me know thanks!

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As you explained it to me by e-mail, you were using Pro Tools First, which doesn't support third party plugins. The solution is then to either upgrade to a paid version of Pro Tools, or use another free DAW, such as Cakewalk by Bandlab (Windows only), or use Reaper, which is not free, but can be used freely without constraints. These DAWs do support third party plugins.

Grebz



Dam40
08/26/2019, 11h06

Bonjour,
Tout d'abord bravo pour ce site.
Je suis débutant et rencontre quelques soucis.
J'ai un PC Windows 10 (64 bits, 8 Go de RAM) avec carte son intégrée en 5.1, driver realteck, et quand je lance un programme de simu type Amplitube 4, il y a un son horrible qui sort, est-ce normal ? Y a-t-il un moyen d'y remédier ?
J'ai essayé également avec Bandlab comme séquenceur mais je ne sais pas comment intégrer le cab et le simulateur.
Merci d'avance

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Bonjour Dam40,
Le son horrible qui sort avec un logiciel de simulation n’est pas « normal », mais c’est peut-être dû au fait que vous utilisez la carte son intégrée de votre ordinateur. Ce type de carte n’est pas du tout adapté pour enregistrer et mixer de la musique.
Pour enregistrer de la guitare par exemple, il faut passer par la prise Jack de la guitare et les cartes son intégrées ne possèdent pas ce type de fiche. D’autre part, les drivers des cartes intégrées ne possèdent pas non plus l’impédance électrique compatible pour avoir un niveau de son correct en provenance de l’instrument, et d’autre part, même quand ça marche, elles induisent une latence, c’est-à-dire un délai entre le moment où l’on joue sur la guitare et le moment où le son est entendu sur l’ordinateur.

Pour remédier à ce problème, il faut acquérir une interface audio, un type de carte audio qui se présente sous la forme d’un boîtier externe connecté à l’ordinateur par la prise USB (le plus souvent, même s’il existe d’autres types de connexions). Ces interfaces sont fournies avec un driver spécifique qui permet de gérer le son grâce au protocole ASIO. Ce protocole est standard et permet d’obtenir de faibles latences pour pouvoir jouer de la guitare et entendre le son, avec ou sans effets, sans délai gênant.

Grebz



Blastrax
08/16/2019, 04h18

Bonjour !

J'ai testé la quasi-totalité des simulateurs présents ici pour une raison : impossible d'ouvrir un fichier DLL !
Mon PC me demande d'associer l'ouverture des DLL à un logiciel mais je n'ai rien de spécial qui va avec...

J'ai eu ce souci, j'avais formaté mon PC vu que je ne l'avais pas fait depuis des années (1,65 To de données à re-télécharger)
Et là encore le même souci, je teste donc sur 6 PC différents et tous ont ce souci... Je suppose donc qu'il faut un logiciel spécial mais rien n'est mentionné, tu pourrais m'aider ? Merci d'avance !

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Bonjour Blastrax,
Tous les simulateurs d’ampli gratuits sous forme de fichiers DLL sont des « plugins », et non pas des logiciels autonomes.
Je l’explique ici.

Ces fichiers de plugins ne s’installent pas, il faut simplement les recopier dans un répertoire du disque dur. À noter aussi que les simulateurs d’ampli gratuits ne simulent que la tête d’un ampli. Pour avoir également une simulation du haut-parleur, un autre plugin qu’on appelle « chargeur d’impulsions », dans laquelle on charge des « réponses impulsionnelles », ou IR (impulse responses, en anglais). Les IR sont des petits fichiers audio qui reproduisent le son d’un vrai haut-parleur. On peut trouver des IR reproduisant le son des amplis Fender, Vox, Marshall, Orange, Mesa Boogie, etc. Il en existe des gratuites et des payantes.

Grebz

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