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Old 4th October 2011
Gear Maniac
Is Digital Amp modeling the future of guitar tone?

Guitarists wouldn't it be awesome to be able to show up to gigs and not have to lug your stack, pedals etc and set it all up and take it all down?! Imagine plugging your digital guitar (that never goes out of tune) directly in to the 20.1 channel PA (giddyup) via your bluetooth wireless device, and then finally press power on your guitar to load up your amp sims from the internal hard drive built in to your digital guitar.

This may sound a bit whacky to some of you but amp modeling is really gaining ground and that's because there's a lot of practical advantages to using amp modeling, cost being a top priority to many musicians in this economy. And more and more guitarist and bassists are becoming accustomed to modeling software and perfecting their guitar tones with the millions of VST/plugins available and millions of presets and options to tinker with.

And The disadvantages of producing tube amps the 'old fashioned' way are pretty heavy. They're expensive to manufacture and obviously to purchase, require upkeep/maintenance, heavy to lug around on tour and to jams, fuses and tubes can blow or shatter and damage the amp.

So do you think we will see an end to the conventional analog tube amp as the standard (live and studio) in this decade?