List of amp-in-a-box pedals

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  1. minty901

    minty901 Member

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    I'm looking for a DI solution that may end up involving more than one pedal working in tandem. Can somebody give some suggestions of amp-in-a-box pedals? As far as I see it, there are 4 main categories.

    (1) Those that emulate a tone stack and a cab sim (ie. for going direct);
    (2) those that emulate just the tone stack but no cab sim;
    (3) those that emulate just the cab but no tone stack (ie. some DI boxes);
    (4) those designed to go in the front of an amp's tone stack.

    Then of course there are other features worth noting like amp type, effects loop, stereo, digital vs analog etc. I guess I'm going to stay away from multieffects units because there are so many of them and they are often a given that they have amp sims. I'm personally more interested in analog solutions for a tone stack and may use the Strymon Big Sky as the cab sim. This would let me simulate an effects loop in stereo.

    Anyway, amp-in-a-box pedals I've come across:

    Tech 21 Character Series: (1)
    Tech 21 Character Series V2: (1) + (4)
    Blonde = Fender
    Oxford = Orange
    Liverpool = Vox
    British = Marshall
    Leeds = Hi-Watt
    California = Mesa Boogie?

    Speaker switch on V2 pedals rolls off highs for running into the front of a tone stack, it doesn't just disengage the cab sim.

    Strymon Big Sky: (3)
    Generic cab sim
    Cab sim can be switched on and off. Digital pedal with analog dry-through (not sure if cab sim converts to digital).

    AMT F1: (1) + (2) + (3)?
    Fender Twin
    Has an effects loop and switchable channel loop. Cab sim appears to be switchable on/off.

    Orange Bax Bangeetar: (1) + (2) + (3)
    Orange tone stack with emulation of Orange 40th Anniversary PPC412 4×12 cabinet, loaded with Celestion G12H 30 speakers.
    Has internal charge pump so may cause problems with Strymon units as with a Klon Centaur.

    Wampler Plexi-Drive: (4) or (2)?
    Marshall

    Can anyone suggest others to add to the list? I know I saw a really nice-looking Fender Twin sim pedal on here fairly recently that actually had the aesthetics of a Fender amp, but I can't find it anymore. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
     
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  2. weenerdoggs

    weenerdoggs What's Up Dogg?

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    Ethos Overdrive Amp, essentially a Dumble in a Box. Personally I like my Wiz D pedal better for tone but it doesn't have a DI out, more just a preamp in a box idea.

    The was also a Zvex pedal sized amp that could out as a DI or just be treated as a pedal.

    And the Tech 21 Flyrig is actually pretty cool.
     
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    minty901 Member

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    Thanks. I'll look into those and add them to my list.
     
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    There's also all the non-character Tech 21 pedals : Sansamp original / 'classic', GT2, Tri-Ac / Tri - OD, para driver...

    AMT do a cab sim called the CAB CN-1.

    There are various Joyo copies of the sansamp character pedals, I think.
     
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    Wampler 65
    Wampler Cranked OD
    Wampler Tweed '57
    Menatone TBIAC
    Barber Compact Direct Drive
    Catalinbread "Foundation" series.
     
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    which 'category' are each of these?
     
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    Effectrode Blackbird (2) Amazing cleans (uses a Fender-type circuit). The dirt channel is switchable between D-style and Soldano style.
    AMT SS11-a (1) Marshall type dirt, good cleans. Decent cab-sim.

    I used the Blackbird going direct at church for a long time.
     
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    Carl Martin Rock Bug--speaker sim/DI.

    They claim it's an amp sim, but it really needs something in front of it for tone shaping. I use a Joyo clone of the Tech 21 Character Series.
     
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    Do you find that Joyo works well infront of a cab sim? You're effectively doubling up cab sims there. I suppose if you raise the treble a bit then that's fair enough. But I'd like to go for an ideal set up which almost exactly mimics that of a real amp without any redundancy or "compromise".
     
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    It looks to me like these are all meant to go infront of an amp's tone stack. So what I (arbitrarily) called category (4).
     
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    Thanks. There actually looks to be a lot to love about that AMT range. It's such a shame that you can't seem to be able to buy AMT in the UK because they seem like the ones to beat at the moment. I like the look of the O2.
     
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    I used the Joyo all by itself, and it was good. When I added the Rock Bug at the end it was great. Actually, I put the Joyo after my ODs, but before my Line 6 M9, creating an effects loop of sorts. I've considered the double speaker simulation, but it sounds great, and takes pedals well. YMMV. If it's a concern you, get the later version of the Tech 21 that has the switchable speaker simulation.

    Also, Mike Putnam does mods to the Character Series, including adding an XLR out.
     
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    The speaker defeat switch on the Tech21 Characters is a bit misleading because it doesn't actually remove the cab filter, it changes the tone so that it can be used before an amp's tone stack, rather than before an amp's cab. So it will sound too dark going into a cab sim.
     
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    I've been using the Ethos Overdrive for going direct for the last year. I couldn't be happier.
     
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    Trombetta 4-Plex - Marshall Plexi dead on. Crazy good. :aok
     
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    The Ace Thirty and Thirty Something can be included in this list.
     
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    What about a EHX Magnum .44?
     
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    Lumpy's Lemon Drop fits in the "in front of a amp" class.

    Old Morley or Award/Session JD-10 fit the full preamp/amp/cab in box class. Being as your in UK keep your eyes open for the mkII model with XLR out. They work great in front of amps or going pure direct, that amazing EQ and switchable cab sim are nice.

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