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What guitar tube preamp to buy

Discussion in 'Backline' started by teokouts, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. teokouts

    teokouts New Metal Member

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    Hi guys. My eye recently caught the Laney IRT Studio. I liked what I read and heared from reviews but I do not know if it will do me any good. I intend to plug it in directly from usb to Cubase and record using impulse responses. Do you think it would work well and give a good sound? I can't use it with a cabinet because of lack of proper space. So I am aasking you guys what do you think. Should I buy Laney IRT Studio, something else or use amp sims? If you have anything else in mind feel free to suggest. Thank you for your time
     
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    MrBongo idiot at work

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    the IRT Studio is a complete guitar amp head. if you ever intend to play through a speaker (eg. at rehearsals), go for it :)
    if not, and nowhere in the near future: get a nice ampsim, since it´s simply cheaper and can sound just as good.
     
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    The IRT Studio can be used with or without a cab.

    I considered getting one myself, but not heard enough clips of it.
     
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    teokouts New Metal Member

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    I also consider ENGL e530. Any thoughts?
     
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    MrBongo idiot at work

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    a guitarist friend of mine has one, and i like it a lot :)
    he´s currently selling it on e-way though ...
     
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    I use the laney irt studio with impulse responses or wall of sound and I realy like it. better than any amp simulation in my opinion. I'm writing a song and here is a little clip what I've got so far: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/156776315/laneysample.mp3

    recorded with old strings and it's just a quick mix but it sounds surprisingly good to me. I realy love that guitar tone :)
     
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    ENGL E530 is a killer Preamp, you can't hook it up via USB though, guess you already have an interface so this should not be a problem at all.
     
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    Its good but its pretty much a one-trick pony I think.
    But if its the trick you're looking for then have at it!
     
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    Delitzsch Führendes Mitglied

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    In my experience, amp sims never sound quite right. Sure, there are some out there that sound pretty good, but it's only for metal. Amp sims lack in every other genre. I've never had experience with the Laney or the Engl, but if you want versatility and aren't on a budget then I'd recommend the Axe-Fx. Otherwise, if you only want to do metal, I'd agree with the other guys and say amp sim or the rackmounts you mentioned (depending on your budget and taste).
     
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    teokouts New Metal Member

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    Using ENGL e530 through an audio interface and into an audio track in Cubase and then input in the signal chain an impulse response loader would work? And what about the result? Will it be good or just about the same as an amp sim?
     
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    i've done this a few years and it was definitively better than any amp sim
    these days. however this was in the POD XT era and the only good sounding amp sim these days was revalver, used it only to apply the IR though.

    well, amp sims immensely improved since then soundwise i would not expect
    the preamp to sound better BUT, the feeling playing through a preamp and an ampsim is a huge difference. if you can deal with the "indirect" feel of amp sims
    i'd rather say to get software instead of a preamp...
     
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    Delitzsch Führendes Mitglied

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    Also, another thing to consider is that amp sims eat up CPU performance.
     
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    The e530 with the contour engaged is so good. Palm mutes and fast picking are so precise and have this really cool percussive vibe.
     
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    So between them what would you suggest? ENGL e530 or Laney IRT Studio?
     
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    ENGL e530. Had the chance to give the IRT studio a spin a couple of weeks back and the EQ just didn't react to my liking unfortunately. Of course, YMMV. It's still best to try them out if possible.
     

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