AmpStamp Presets: V1.4

With the release of AmpStamp V1.4 we’d like to highlight a few sounds that combine some of the latest gear now available in the shop. We’ve added a classic tweed combo, another legendary 4×12 cabinet, one of the baddest fuzz effects, and the ultimate phaser. Let’s dig in!

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Immodium

What’s left to say about such a classic fuzz? We provided three of the most desired variations and in this preset are running the pedal through a hybrid combo for best tone. But the whole point is to find your own sound and I think it won’t be hard with this effect. Make sure to tweak the Miller capacitance setting under the More Control section.

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Two Speed

This phaser has turned up on more recordings than you would expect. From classic recordings in the 70’s considered cutting edge at the time to grunge rock artists in the 90’s probably looking to revisit the sounds they grew up hearing, it’s an endlessly fun pedal due mostly to its complexity of control. Stacking two phasers seems like a simple task but once you start experimenting you’ll see it’s easy to get lost in the details. Best advice is to forget about the signal path and focus on what sounds good to your ear.

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Larryland

When Mr. 335 came to this particular session it was just like any other. He grabbed his guitar, grabbed his amp, and headed over. What was not clear was that the combination of his signature “sweet” tone would explode when collided with the songwriting capabilities of the members of Steely Dan. Not to mention his ability to craft amazing lead lines over some of rock’s most complex progressions, it’s safe to say this classic studio tone is still in demand.

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Lady

The mid-70’s… disco, electronic art music, “middle of the road,” acoustic jazz, it was an interesting decade. The “Me” decade. If musicians learned one thing from this time period it was that the fuzz goes after the phaser, but that wouldn’t be so for Ernie Isley. Wanting to take advantage of some of the latest effects technology for guitarists he would have to learn this lesson for himself. And with a top ten single we all got to experience this amalgamation. Considered a classic today, it’s now yours to avoid at all cost and secretly cherish at the same time.

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AmpStamp Presets: V1.3

With the release of AmpStamp V1.3 we’d like to highlight two sounds that combine some of the latest gear now available in the shop. We’ve added an earlier version of our classic non-master volume amplifier accompanied by its legendary cabinet, another classic 2×12 cabinet featured in several piggy back models of its era, a most recognizable tape echo, and our first foray into EQ effects. There is a lot to explore!

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Sol

Summer, 1967. AKA the Summer of Love. San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, and the Monterey Pop Festival. The 100W amplifier had just been perfected and many were eager to get them on the stages of performing musicians. What took place was the union of music and technology, sealed in a moment in time as music and technology would forever change after that. Call it by any name, the holy grail, woody tone, legendary, this is the sound at the birth of an extremely creative period of rock n’ roll.

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Nellcôte

Locked away from the rest of the world, living in hiding, living in excess. This was life for one of the most popular rock bands in history. Though the days may have blended into night, interrupted by breakfast boats on the Italian Riviera, music happened. It needed to happen. It had to happen. And with a simple amplifier, a modest 2×12 combo, and a little slapback echo, good times were rolling.

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TapTone Presets: V1.2

In this post we will be looking at the next batch of presets available for TapTone Vintage Guitar. This collection of sounds showcases new amplifiers and cabinets available in Version 1.2 including one of the most famous non-master volume amplifiers and a controversial update to a vintage combo.

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Classic

This is rock and roll in one of its most purest forms. The amplifier: a late 1968-69 100W head. The cabinet: a 4×12 bottom loaded with blackbacks circa 1978. The sound: classic rock, hard rock, proto metal, early punk rock. Together this amplifier and cabinet combination became known as the half-stack, providing fuel for thousands of records featuring the electric guitar. Make sure to turn it up loud.

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Woodstock III

Our third iteration of Hendrix at Woodstock. As soon as you strike the first three notes of the Anthem, we think you’ll find that it can’t get any closer unless you happen to have the exact guitar that Hendrix used during performance. On one hand the cabinet dates from a period more than ten years later, but the speakers in question did not change significantly during that passage of time. For the moment, this is one of rock’s all time greatest tones now available anywhere, anytime. Enjoy!

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Magnolia

An excellent example of a pure amplifier with minimal effects. The ability to dial the Vibrato (which is really Tremolo) back to create a subtle shift in amplitude gives even the most simple passages an interesting sonic quality. As with any clean amplifier, pickup choice really shines through, giving more bite for lead work in the bridge position or getting a classic blues tone in the neck position.

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Surfing

Keeping the Treble control near its maximum value and dialing up some Reverb definitely brings to life the surf  rock sound that became popular in the early 1960’s. It’s an unmistakable sound once you hear the reverb coils shake with intensity from a single string run or a chord bent out of tune from the Tremolo bar (which is really a Vibrato bar). Throw a fuzz or crank the gain in front of the Reverb for even more strange sounds from a bygone era.

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Vintage Guitar Presets: V1.1

In this post we will be looking at the next batch of presets available for Vintage Guitar. This collection of sounds showcases the new pedals available in Version 1.1 including one of the earliest phase shifters and two classic tones associated with a well known musician.

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Swirl

Featuring the PH101A Phaser, the first official phase shifter to hit the market. The most interesting feature of this effect is the ability ramp between speed settings. Increase the Ramp Time and shift between speeds to create dynamic modulation that never quite settles.

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Woodstock II

Our second attempt at the tone Jimi Hendrix made famous at Woodstock, this time with the right lineup of effects: the WH100 Wah, FZ102 Fuzz, and the PH100 Phaser. Try adjusting the FZ102 Bias on the colder side with the Fuzz set low for a more spitty fuzz effect.

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BOG

Similar to the Woodstock tone, this preset adds the OC100 Octave Fuzz, just as Jimi Hendrix did with the Band Of Gypsys. This effect alone could be the source of several new sounds but we decided to feature this fuzz in its natural habitat. With just the OC100 engaged, switch to the bridge pickup and notice that the octave is more pronounced when playing above the 12th fret. Also select the Silicon FZ102 Transistor Material for more gain and a harsher sound, and let the sustain begin.

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