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Amp Sims vs Amp - Spot the Real Tube Amp
TDLR: play the track and choose which amp is the real tube amp. (visit the Soundcloud page to see the answers)
Fortunately, earlier this year I found someone selling (very cheap) a Sovtek Tube Midget 50H - a Russian made tube amp with the same circuitry as a Fender Bassman. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to play it because no gigs this year. So, I thought I'd annoy the wife (and neighbourhood) by doing an amp/amp sim shootout - the Sovtek is damn loud!
I have 3 amp sims to compare: Amplitube's 53' Bassman from the Fender 2 pack; TH-U's Bassface 59'; and the clean channel of Nembrini's Soundmaster (I know ... not exactly a Bassman but close enough).
The first amp sim recordings were unsuccessful. With the exception of the Soundmaster, the in-house cabs could not compare to a real cabinet.
For the second attempt I purchased an Ownhammer IR of my own cab (Electro-Voice EVM12L) which made the sounds much more realistic. As @flo26 and others have said on this forum, IR's are the way to go, makes a huge difference.
Strat -> Sovtek -> condenser mic -> Audient iD4 -> Logic Pro -> little bit of reverb
Strat -> Audient iD4 -> Logic Pro -> Amp sim -> EVM12L IR -> same little bit of reverb
Tried to find the break-up point on each amp and match tone and level as best I could - not too easy. Tried to play the same thing each time - also not too easy.
This was a fun experiment and learning experience and I hope this is of some use to others - use IR's! While all the sims sounded very good, in isolation, it's probably quite easy to spot the real amp (that's easy for me to say knowing the answer). Having said that in the context of a full band mix the differences may be less noticeable. These are certainly interesting times for mobile guitarists.
(Thanks to the late Professor Hawking for posthumously providing amp numbering.)