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  • #22544

    Master Killer
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    Has anyone ever played around with this? I just downloaded it but it seems pretty awesome. Just about any popular song you want is on here and it’s free. I won’t be able to play with it until tonight but I was wondering if there was a way to route this into Garage Band so you can record the songs with the signature sound?

    Cheap Guitars (with some exceptions) play just about as good as expensive ones. It's your ability combined with an awesome amp that makes the difference.

  • #22558

    superblonde
    Keymaster

    Check this setting in garageband to allow for plugins. (Audio Units) Like using a VST, the mac version. If the other program provides AU’s then they can be found in the normal effects menu. I didnt try it with the one you’re talking about though.

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    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

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  • #22560

    Master Killer
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    Thanks superblonde. Tonebridge is pretty awesome and the effects are right on the money. I tried  at least a dozen presets and the sound is pretty much what is on the respective album.

    Cheap Guitars (with some exceptions) play just about as good as expensive ones. It's your ability combined with an awesome amp that makes the difference.

  • #22561

    superblonde
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    Wow this new garageband really moved things around compared to the older version I am used to. Anyway there’s little arrows that finally get to the full menu with audio unit sub-menu:
    Here you can see I navigated to select BIAS FX (I just have the demo of BIAS FX installed.. the AU’s are there though)

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    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

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  • #22566

    Master Killer
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    Totally awesome super blonde! Thanks for all the help.

    Cheap Guitars (with some exceptions) play just about as good as expensive ones. It's your ability combined with an awesome amp that makes the difference.

  • #22588

    pipelineaudio
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    I’m starting down this road and dying for all the developers in question to think more in terms of VST. AU may or may not work for this OS, the Audiobus and IAA solutions both have serious limitations, but man this is some cool stuff!

  • #22589

    pipelineaudio
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    I’ve been hitting this subject with both barrels, much more to come! http://pipelineaudio.net/2017/10/05/my-ios-guitar-journey/

  • #22591

    Master Killer
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    After trying super blonde’s suggestions I am convinced it can be done. I can’t believe how accurate the patches are. I brought up some ZZ Top (very difficult sound to get right) and went through 3 or 4 others finishing with some Crowded House. Every one of them sounded exactly like the originals off the LPs.

    Cheap Guitars (with some exceptions) play just about as good as expensive ones. It's your ability combined with an awesome amp that makes the difference.

  • #22593

    superblonde
    Keymaster

    I’ve been hitting this subject with both barrels, much more to come! http://pipelineaudio.net/2017/10/05/my-ios-guitar-journey/

    I read the post and I’m assuming your goal is.. well actually I dont know what your goal is. Which one?

    – To sound as authentic as possible when playing a cover at home? If so then probably 100% software is the way to go, because so many others have already put in a ton of work tweaking an effects chain right? Maybe with the later followup of playing the same song live, on road gear?

    – To be as small footprint, and as light weight as possible, so that when driving somewhere and playing live it is easy to transport yet yet still have pretty good sound? That is my goal. Because, I only had to lift amps into a van and lug out onto a stage for 1 performance, to know that I dont want to do it again.. especially not as a day to day, or late night to even later night, type of live stage life.

    – To be as fast to set-up live as possible, while still reproducing the sound previously programmed in? Speed and ease of assembly does seem to make a difference on those “4 band showcase” nights, and complex setups seem to add some stress or frenzied-ness that I certainly did not like at all.. (After playing a setlist, I want to tear down in 5 seconds and then go talk to the cute gir– uhh I mean talk to the audience, not spend 10 minutes putting things in various cases and winding various cables and lugging things out to the truck and so on..) I don’t know which is faster? Plugging in the amp head and pedals (to the cabinets already mic’ed and set up by the previous band), or plugging in the iPad with it’s chain of whatever then talking to the house guy about the direct levels etc. Tweaking software on-stage seems not practically possible (even with iPad touch screens), compared to tweaking knobs.. I’ve never seen a guitarist tweak an iPad during a song to create a tone, whereas with pedals it seems natural to kneel down and twist something until it sounds right. Even during a home get-together jam, when I’ve tried to take time to tweak my modelling amp to get the proper tone, the other musicians don’t seem to want to wait around for me to get things right, they just want to play (this could be a +1 for software, if it’s fast to tweak, or a +1 for real gear, if it’s faster to tweak than clunky software).. I can’t imagine anytime I’ve played music with others that I want to touch a mouse or trackpad. However there was an excellent rig rundown with Vernon Reid that showed his “only iPad” setup..

    From audience point of view, the lamest thing ever, is that messing-about period in between bands when they’re talking extra time to load/unload/unplug/plug, or worse, soundcheck the new drums..

    In contrast I’ve seen pro bands give up on using a macbook on stage (which they had for midi tracks or whatever) because some software strangely wasn’t working.

    – To be as $$$ inexpensive as possible when playing a cover or inviting others into a get-together jam? Software might seem cheaper than a load of different equipment. But add in the cost of a new $1000 iPad every 4 years, because the hardware is always improving, and the software requires the iPad, and the price for the software-setup is no longer cheaper.

    So really it depends on goals and priorities, right? For how to trade off different compromises in cost, physical size, weight, tone variations, ease of tweaking on the spot, etc. The most important distinction is probably: a guitarist who is playing at a home studio, vs. a guitarist who is going to physically transport the gear to play elsewhere. Or, a guitarist who is playing authentic-sounding covers, vs. a guitarist who is playing originals with a custom tone.

    Personally I place size and weight as my top priorities. With the costs of travel and costs of real estate continually increasing, why transport big & heavy gear around, and need a physical space for the gear too. Hell, millennials live with their parents or share apartment space with 3 other friends and certainly dont have garages to play in, so why would that entire generation aspire to own a huge stack of heavy and physically large equipment? Not to mention loud annoy-the-neighbors amps which have different tone when turned down, if they can be turned down at all? Being able to rehearse is a huge problem in so cal, without the police being called. Even some pro’s today don’t carry around heads or amps, all the stories about MAB’s solo tours say that he plugs into whatever amp is provided, and dials in his tone on the spot (with just a small pedal board and bringing his own guitars in). Also the recent Bumblefoot solo shows I just saw, he was plugging his pedal setup direct, and using his phone for the backing tracks, he had his double neck guitar in a soft case and a typical luggage bag for the pedal board, that was all he used from gig to gig.

    As of the past few months I’m leaning more towards “mini-tube-pedals which go direct, with no software” instead of “DSP pedalboard modelers with computer software” and Ive already long shied away from “iPad modelers”.

    iPads will need to be replaced at least every 4 years due to obsolescence. Real amps seem to not need replacing for 30+ years (with yearly maintenance).. DSP pedalboard modelers don’t need to be replaced ever, but seem to be replaced anyway every 5 years(?), for better tone..

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #22726

    Master Killer
    Participant

    Again thanks for all the help super blonde. Actually Tonebridge already linked itself to GB and shows up in my plugins. It comes up just like the pedal board and amp designer units. Totally awesome!

    Cheap Guitars (with some exceptions) play just about as good as expensive ones. It's your ability combined with an awesome amp that makes the difference.

  • #22727

    slash
    Participant

    There are a lot of options for amp software these days I chose Amplitube about a year ago. It’s been fun to play with and has a good sound.

    • #22732

      rightonthemark
      Participant

      i have amplitube and used it a lot at first.
      but since getting amps pack for ezmix i tend to use that as it’s exremely quick and easy.

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