Monday, May 9, 2016

Speaker Emulation: Do I Need It?

The short answer: most definitely. There's only one time a direct signal from the guitar into the board is acceptable, and that's to record a pure clean signal from the guitar. Jeff Baxter very famously recorded pure clean tracks for sessions when a clean guitar was required. Just check out what he says about equipment in the following video:

Here's a simple riff I recorded back-to-back, the first without speaker emulation, and the second with a 4x12" cab emulation from my Korg Pandora:

The distortion has peaks and spikes that are just ear-piercingly intolerable, doesn't it? Hence, a speaker emulation achieves its effect by mostly rolling off treble content.


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