Presenting you: my ghetto rig! (amp sim based)

Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by zarg, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. zarg

    zarg guitar and computer nerd

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    Hey everyone,

    it all started with me selling my practice amp at home because I could barely turn it up without someone complaining. I looked around and tried pretty much every common ampsim software I could find and found that amplitube 4 is my favorite. I was really happy with the mark IV model they have which I always used for practicing at home.... but I wanted that tone for our rehearsal space and eventually live gigs, so I went to work....

    Since I only had a shitty line 6 head at the rehearsal space it could only get better, right? oh yeah.

    Its based on amplitube 4 obviously, with a dedicated laptop running it in reaper. It goes into a used 150W poweramp I found on local classifieds for cheap. I had the rest of the stuff laying around. A dell computer powersupply that powers the leds and fans (and every other 5, 7 or 12V device I want) and a networking 19" rack. not the prettiest, but it works great.
    (note: the posters are not mine, some are questionable.... I know)

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    It runs very well, without overheating thanks to my cooling solution. It's plenty loud and sounds amazing, honestly!

    Right now I'm only running the mark IV model in amplitube 4, with the tse 808 in front of it and if I want, I can use IRs and go direct to FOH or PA.

    I still plan on getting a USB footswitch (or making my own out of a cheap keyboard) so I can switch channels, which right now is pressing a button on the laptop.

    I just discovered the TSE X50, man does it sound amazing! almost better than amplitube which is why I will test it out tomorrow at rehearsal.

    What do you guys thing? do you have any suggestions?

    Hope you enjoyed looking at my DIY budget amp sim :banana:
     
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  2. rahnvu

    rahnvu SS.org Regular

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    Good idea! Pics never work on this forum it seems. Try imgur :)
     
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  3. MannyMoonjava

    MannyMoonjava 8string LoFi ChillHop

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    wow man! Looks really sweet! :wub:
     
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  4. InCasinoOut

    InCasinoOut syncopAZN

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    Man, I love how you made it work. Never seen a setup like that before, but hey it clearly works and I'm curious to hear how it sounds! Especially because I love Mark series amps.

    My favorite part of it though, is the Marshall logo on a networking rack haha :hbang:
     
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  5. zarg

    zarg guitar and computer nerd

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    thank you! my goal was to make it as cheap as possible and I only spent about 100€ to make this. Granted I had the Laptop and the Rack already. Now there's the mooer GE200 which I might want to get since its affordable and from the first listens I had it sounds really good for what it is. ofc there's people that say tube amps are still the best but I honestly prefer my simulations, It's just simpler to work with and I like my tone.

    I absolutely love to tinker and just make things work with what I have instead of spending money.

    It sounds a little bit like this: https://soundcloud.com/user-14405527/amplitube-4-mark-iv-model

    (caution: sloppy playing ahead!)
     
  6. noise in my mind

    noise in my mind SS.org Regular

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    What a neat idea!
     
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