BluGuitar Amp 1 Iridium "metal edition" is coming

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  1. lewis

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    If cheap but excellent cabs are required look at the Harley Benton vintage 2x12s.
    They come with 2 celestion v30s for cheaper than the price of buying 2 celestion v30 speakers - somehow
     
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    I've owned one for a few years. They have chinese v30s, a mesa has UK v30s. That's how they are so cheap :p. The cab sounds ok, but nothing more. :-D
     
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    Ah nice ok. Fair enough

    That doesnt bother me personally and for my tastes i tend to not like the mesa cab sound anyway haha.
    ;)
     
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    For you guys playing the Amp1 at home, do you think a 2x12 is too big/loud?
     
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    Well... that's the thing: even a 1x12 is too loud under certain circumstances :p. I had a HB212 Vintage at home ...as well as a randall 4x12.... i never played the HB, simply because i loved the sound of the randall cab way more. Volume was irrelevant :-D. If you find a 2x12 you are happy with sound-wise, go for it!
     
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    I’m thinking about a Mesa Thiele 1x12 or some sort of similar ported 1x12. I found an interesting custom ported cab with a V30 as well.
     
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    Also, how are you guys liking the vintage channel? Seems like it has a nice warmth in the mids with a slightly gritty, open top end.

    What kinds of sounds can you get on the classic channel?

    I’m already convinced that the Modern channel is essentially a 5150 sort of sound, but feel free to tell me if I’m wrong.
     
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    Its here!! And wow...

    Everything about this build quality and presentation is outstanding (no playtime yet)
    Very impressed. Also, it in the little carry case weighs nothing. Awesome.

    Tones and sound review to follow

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    I need new strings to really appreciate this. Has that lovely analog gainy fizz you expect from proper tube amps - but i dont like the stock IR. Tried it direct into my headrush monitor and its not for me.

    Got Band practice weds evening. Will take it with me and run it through my mates 2x12 instead. Will try and get some in the room cam sounds there :)

    This covers some crazy ground though. Every channel is useable and the extra tone pots on the side really help to dial in for whatever type of guitar you have. and it works how normal tube amps do.
    You can crank the volume/master to get a full blown tube saturation or you can dial it back and get a tighter more modern tone.

    All in all its going to be an incredible heart for any pedalboard rig i build. This and a Helix HX effects is going to be crazy good for the money/form factor.
     
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    Just to clarify: the Amp1 Iridium does NOT have an in-built IR. It has an analog cab simulation, that's something vastly different.
     
  13. lewis

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    What is the difference? And did i not run it correct then? (Into a FRFR)
     
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    A impulse response is the actual linear response of a device getting a certain input, in this case a simple impulse. A hardware-based cab simulation differs the signal by using electric circuits. i've never heard a good sounding analog cab simulation. ever.

    You ran it correctly, it jus sounds utterly awful for anything with slightly more gain.
     
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    Oh wow interesting.
    With how well thought out this thing is - im surprised thats the one area where they dropped the ball.
    I should have enough within the fortnite to order the HX effects so can use IRs direct instead. Thankfully.
     
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    It has a great master volume so don't worry about it. There's lots of factors that have an effect on how loud a speaker is in a specific space:

    • Size of the room and any standing waves etc it might have at various frequencies.
    • Sensitivity of the speakers.
    • Frequency response of the speakers. The brighter they are the louder you will perceive them to be. Lots of high mids ala V30 will also make them seem louder.
    • Open vs closed back. Open back will generally be perceived as louder because its sound reflects off the walls behind it.
    • Placement of cab. The closer to your ears it is the better you can hear it at lower volume. I prefer my closed back 4x10 on a few small boxes (until I can come up with a better solution) but my open back 1x12 is better higher up on a chair.
     
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    Thanks very much for the run-down, I honestly hadn't paid much attention to the HX Effects but it definitely sounds like the more suitable option now that you've broken it down.
     
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    And they’ve come down in price quite a bit on the used market now that they’ve been out for a while.

    I’m seeing them for about $450 now. So for the price of a couple of overdrive or delay pedals the functionality is pretty great. The main disadvantage compared to the Stomp is the larger size, but you do get the scribble strips.
     
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    You misspelled “purple” as the best LEDs. ;)
     
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