Re: Amps

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Posted by El Pájaro on August 07, 2000 at 10:10:30:

In Reply to: Amps posted by RICHY on August 07, 2000 at 08:46:36:

: One of my friends has a guitar pedal that can do sounds of different types of amp. ie, combo...etc. What is the difference between different types of amp??? CHEERS.

Hi there,
Your friend's pedal is most likely an amp emulator. SansAmp (pretty self-explanatory name, eh?) and other menufacturers make products of this type, and they're becoming popular.
A good amp simulator should emulate the response of most typical and popular amp styles. For instance, tube amps (such as old SVTs) sound pretty different from their modern solid-state counterparts (such as Gallien Kruegers, for instance). More advanced emulators can also reproduce the effect of different brand and type of cabinets being miked, so the possibilities are endless.
As far as the differences between different types of amps, well, there´s such a vast diversity of amps in the market, an answer to that question could go on for days... However, I think the most noticeable difference between amps is whether they're tube or solid state. Tube amps (I mean amps with tubes in both the preamps and the power stage) tend to sound warmer, fuller and with rich overtones; solid state amps, while more efficient, are sometimes described as being more sterile and less organic than tube amps.
Are the differences abysmal? IMHO, no. The "tube vs. solid state" dilemma is more apparent among guitarists (many of whom would rather chew glass than plug into a solid state amp). When it comes to bass, I think it's easier to get a good sound whatever the amp type you use.
That's my $.02. Different opinions, as always, are welcome. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro.

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