Speaker simulator. Which one is the best?

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  1. mitrich

    mitrich Member

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    Too many options :jo Which one is the best?

    Palmer PDI - xx
    Groove Tubes SE II
    ADA MicroCab
    Marshall SE 100

    any expirience with Groove Tubes SE II ?

    Thanks
     
  2. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    I had the SE, it was OK, lots of knobs but didn't get a sound I particularily loved. The Microcab I owned was noisy as heck. I'm particularily fond of the Sansamp (the original pedal) using a straight out from a pad or attenuator.
     
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    Palmer PDI - xx
    Groove Tubes SE II
    ADA MicroCab
    Marshall SE 100

    I have the old Groove Tubes, not the new one, and all the others. Palmer wins.
     
  4. mbratch

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    I have the Palmer PDI-09 which I've used for recording. Very simple device that gives you 3 tone adjustments (mellow, normal, bright) and a couple of attenuator adjustmens. It doesn't inject any noise that I've heard. I haven't tried any of the others, so I can't compare. But the PDI has worked fine for the price (~$120)
     
  5. amper

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    I've got two SE II's and one THD Hot Plate.

    I find the Hot Plate better for live use into a speaker, but the SE II better for obtaining a line out that will be patched into other gear.

    Haven't tried any others, and probably won't, as I'm quite happy with what I've got.
     
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    jonny guitar Member

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    PDI-09 is fanfreakingtastic. I use it with my Univalve mostly, but I have tried it with 6-7 amps and the result has been excellent with all of them. You can also use it with only pedals....I have recorded lots of times goings straight out of the pedal board into the palmer and into the board with great results.
     
  8. playon

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    The Palmer box looks pretty cool... I'm going to have to check that out.
     
  9. threm

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    I`ve seen you over at Gearslutz, Chris, so this isn`t new to you. But some of the other posters here might be interested in the Motherload.

    Here`s the Motherload History -
    http://gearslutz.com/board/showthread.php3?t=29218&highlight=Motherload

    User report
    http://gearslutz.com/board/showthread.php3?t=28255

    The Motherload search results
    http://gearslutz.com/board/search.php3?searchid=1043806
     
  10. justicetones

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    I guess I need to try some of these also. I am kind of spoiled and always have the capacity to either mic the amp or go direct and reamp it later. Unless of course I am going for the 70's funk thing in which they just plugged into a mic pre or the board.

    I have always heard people say good things about the palmer too.
     
  11. playon

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    A couple of guys who reviewed the Palmer PDI on Harmony Central mentioned that they got killer results combining the Palmer with a WeberVST MASS speaker emulator. I'm guessing if you don't want to drop $900 on the Motherload, going that way would probably sound damn close and you'd only be out about $300-400. The thing about the Motherload though is that you could also use it as a processor in a mix... pretty cool.

    There are some good sound clips here:
    http://www.motherload.co.uk/sounds.html

    On a couple of the tunes it sounds a little weird to me, on the tracks that have cleaner-sounding Fender guitars. I guess nothing can totally replace micing some moving air.
     
  12. Unburst

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    Don't know about "best" but I like the ADA Microcab II, you need a load box with it though.
     
  13. entraind

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    Has anyone tried the Weber and the Palmer PDI-09 together yet? This combo sounds like a viable and cheaper alternative to the Motherload.
    If anyone has any experience with this combo or with the Weber or the PDI-09 individually I'd love to hear about it....
     
  14. shikawkee

    shikawkee Mad King Edmund Gold Supporting Member

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    I have the Palmer PDI-09 and it's awesome.
    I built my own load box for it for $50.00
     
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    Thanks Shikawkee, seems like it's worth trying out since it's so much less expensive than the other stuff (Palmer PDI-03, Motherload) that I'm looking at.
     
  16. trucks

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    Palmer PDI-09 is excellent. Highly recommended.
     

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