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Old 4th October 2011
Lives for gear
Originally Posted by mattvdh ➡️
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?
Speaking for myself and most guitar players that I know... not a chance in hell.

But to face the future, just like high end studios are disappearing and the result is crappy recordings, and as vintage great sounding well made gear is being replaced by junk with a similar name, know-nothings will eventually destroy this discipline, too.

In the 40s/50s you either had a radio or a killer sound rig. By the 60s/70s everybody had a 'stereo' (even one speaker stereos...!?!.....) but most of it was crap. Still, there was a cadre of dedicated people keeping quality audio alive. And the thrust was to bring realism to your living room. The push was for better and better sound.

But then came cassette, and by the time the 80s rolled around we were changing our focus from 'realism' to convenience.

You can track the downward spiral of quality audio from there... computers give more people access, but they don't have any background and make up the rules as they go, manufacturers see a huge market selling junk to wannabees... blah, blah, blah. Now engineers can't mix, players can't play, and the music industry has more to do with image than sound.

You can make rats-assed guitar sounds to duplicate the sound of 80s hair bands with just about anything.

Millions of presets and options just means that you're either going to get lost in the mire, or you just can't make up your mind -what- you want to sound like.