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05-18-2009, 09:55 AM
I just moved into a small apartment complex where I can't make much noise and I don't want to disturb the neighbors. Miking and amp for recording and playing through it aren't really options.
I'm looking for 2 things:
1.) Something I can practice with on low volume through my studio monitors/headphones. Has to sound good with headphones.
2.) Something I can go direct with for recording that sounds half way decent.
I'm recording with an M-Audio Profire 610 into Pro Tools into my HP PC. My headphones are Beyer DT-770's.
I'm trying not to spend more than $300.
I listen to everything from Dream Theater to Satriani to Robben Ford/Larry Carlton to Joe Pass and I'd like to be able to get somewhat of a variety of tones.
What are my options?
Thanks in Advance!
05-18-2009, 01:18 PM
Check out the digitech RP355 ($200) or RP500 (<$300 if you look).
The 500 is made for live performance and is easy to tweak on the fly.
The 355 has a looper and a built in drum machine but fewer total models and a clunkier physical interface. Both have PC editing software that makes patch set up a breeze
The modeling is better than Line 6 IMO and sounds very good. Amazing for the money.
05-18-2009, 01:40 PM
Look for a free amp modeling plug-in here..depending on your computer's speed/sound card latency..this migth be the trick..use free effects plug-ins to taste.. http://www.kvraudio.com/allpluginsononepage.php
05-18-2009, 01:41 PM
Here's one for example...
05-18-2009, 01:52 PM
one of the Line 6 Pod X3 range would be my first choice, but I don't know how they work with protools.
I use a X3 Live with logic and it is really good.
you also get the gearbox / Pod Studio plugin, again I don't know if / how that works with pro tools.
06-13-2009, 04:30 AM
In case you would like to buy used I can really recommend the Boss GS-10 for you intended use. I have one since many years and I'm very happy with it.
In case you want to hear a number of recordings in different styles. please visit BT King where most of the guitars were recorded direct with the GS-10. The GS-10 also loves pedals in front of it so you can get even more variety.
In case you want something else that is new with warranty you can try the new Boss ME-70. Sounds very good direct and also likes pedals very much. Try the Clean sound with just about any OD pedal in front and you will probably like it. I A/B tested the ME-70 next to my GS-10 and could get most of the sounds I like.
06-30-2009, 03:26 PM
Do you mean GT-10?
I have never heard of a GS-10.
06-30-2009, 03:56 PM
Nevermind.. I found out what it is.
Sorry 'bout that.
07-05-2009, 04:16 PM
The Boss Micro BR is quite good.
07-11-2009, 08:22 AM
I recently picked up a pod studio gx for about $100 and really dig it. The dual amp function is really cool.
07-11-2009, 07:16 PM
HIGHLY recommend Line 6 Pod Studio UX1 or GX and then buy Cakewalk Music Creator 5 or similar Cakewalk software - together they are silent recording bliss. Total compatibility too.
07-12-2009, 02:31 PM
Native instruments Guitar Rig plug in for Pro Tools...They have it on special for 150 bucks right now.
07-21-2009, 01:37 AM
The Bugera V5 single-ended all tube Class A combo amp has 3 switchable power levels: 5 watts/1/.1 watts. And built-in reverb. But the most interesting aspect from a bedroom recording aspect is it has something extremely unusual in a tube amp: a speaker-compensated, tranny-loading headphone out which is also perfectly useable for silent DAW recording. At $150 street, I'm definitely getting one for my late-night home recording.
I have the Digitech RP250. It just never sounds much like a tube amp, sorry.
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