Magazine article Guitar Player

Stack Attack!

Magazine article Guitar Player

Stack Attack!

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ONE OF THE GREAT ADVANTAGES OF AMP simulators is that you can try out sounds that would be a hassle to set up in the real world--like stacking two (or more) different amps and cabinets with different effects and spreading them out in stereo. If you record through an amp sim in your computer (in this case the track itself is dry, and the final sound results from the amp sim processing the dry track), you can duplicate the dry track, and add another amp sim in parallel to stack the sound. But that means you don't hear the stacked sound until after you've played your part, and it's more fun to play through the stack, as it influences your playing.

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You'll want to split your guitar into at least two different paths to feed the different "stacks." You can do this by inserting amp sims into two different tracks, and setting each track's input to the channel carrying the guitar. However, many amp sims conveniently create parallel signal paths--that you can pan anywhere in the stereo field--all by themselves. With IK Multimedia's AmpliTube series, there are eight routing options, and Routing 2 creates two separate, parallel chains. The Line 6 POD Farm has a Dual button that creates two different signal chains. Peavey's ReValver Mk III and Native Instruments' Guitar Rig 3 both offer Splitter Modules for their virtual racks. These let you split the input signal into two paths, where you can insert whatever amps and speakers you want. …

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