#1
I've read about amp simulator software that you can download on your laptop. I was wondering if any of you use this?

I want to be able to play at night without waking up my parents or sister, and i dont like using headphones in my amp since it sounds weird/muffled

I was wondering if any of you use any of these amp-simulator software. If you do could you suggest me one that's free

I dont know if this is relevent but i play metal so if you can suggest one that can handel good metal distortions i would also appreciate it.
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Amp simulation software (especially free ones) is probably going to sound worse than using your headphones. I have garageband, and no matter how much fiddling I do with the EQ, it still sounds super muddy. You're much better off just using your headphones or buying a headphone amp.
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#3
I've never used real-time ones, which I think is what you're talking about. But I've used them in recording situations where I've DI-ed a guitar part, then used amp simulation. VoxengoBoogex has been great for me (Although I don't often use the standard impules it has).

In theory, it could run in real time. But it would mean having a DAW, setting it up to record, then having Boogex as an effect on the channel your input is going to. Even then, you still might get latency issues.
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#4
To avoid latency you can get an interface like Line 6 Pod Studio GX which is dirt cheap and comes with Pod Farm, an amp simulator software. With it you can load up a DAW, which enables usage of tonnes of other amp simulator plugins. And to TS and smartalec007, there are some free VST amp sims which are way better than commercial ones and do a quite decent job at simulating real amps. Acmebargig and Lepou are the top free amp sim programmers so do check them out. Bear in mind that you need a cabinet sim plugin. Learn more at guitarampmodeling.com
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Disregard the two first replies, they're clearly spewing nothing but uneducated fallacies. Before I go on though, I will have to ask the original poster, do you have a digital interface?
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To avoid latency you can get an interface like Line 6 Pod Studio GX which is dirt cheap and comes with Pod Farm, an amp simulator software. With it you can load up a DAW, which enables usage of tonnes of other amp simulator plugins. And to TS and smartalec007, there are some free VST amp sims which are way better than commercial ones and do a quite decent job at simulating real amps. Acmebargig and Lepou are the top free amp sim programmers so do check them out. Bear in mind that you need a cabinet sim plugin. Learn more at guitarampmodeling.com

Do this. All free amp modellers you try will have better performance and you also get the pod farm with it which IMO is good.
#7
Ok thanks guys ill check the ones wicked_hobbit suggested
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Thanks for the Props Wicked_Hobbit and CoolStoryAngus...Its nice to know that you guys are liking our work.

100% Metal, your new to this, so feel free to write me anytime about any of our products. I'm Ken one of the developers on these VST plugins. Anyways, I just wanted to add to what wicked_hobbit said in that our ampsim suite Shred comes with built in Cabinets, and effects. That may take some of the learning curve off and get you started a little faster, once you have that down pat, then by all means experiment with loading single heads and different effects chains...

You'll need a DAW, I always suggest Reaper and Acoustica Mixcraft...Both are available online..
Then simply go to our website, or LePou's who happens to be a great friend of ours as well, and download some amp sims..
Once you get that down, I wouldlike to invite you and anyone else who wants to join you to come and be part of our Beta test of the new Shred Suite 1.5x...Its happening now..
Free of course..

Anyways good luck and if you have any questions feel free to ask..It does not matter how noob the questions are either, we all started somewhere, you were not born with a daw and a VST in your hands...haha
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DAW = Digital Audio Workstation, which is a multi-track recording software
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#9
clicky!

there are quite a few good amp sims for free, or cheap. shred is one that i often use for practice. with recordings i usually end up bypassing the cab sim and using CatharsisStudio's impulses in kefir, but shred sounds great when playing along with songs or just jamming. doesnt always sit well in a full mix though, or at least mine (sorry Ken )

i run amp sims a lot more than i run my amps. they sound good, are easy to use, and keep the volume down. the one thing i will suggest is that you spend the money on a good audio interface. even the cheapest are going to run you $80-100. plugging straight into the sound card doesnt sound good, and can end up being bad for your gear. i highly suggest going the propper route and getting an interface.
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Amp simulation software (especially free ones) is probably going to sound worse than using your headphones. I have garageband, and no matter how much fiddling I do with the EQ, it still sounds super muddy. You're much better off just using your headphones or buying a headphone amp.

The guitars in this song were all tracked straight into Garageband amp sims. Doesn't sound bad to me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbV75vd2pdE
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haha Thanks jof1029, Go get the latest beta already! haha

In terms of that Link...dreampin still doesn't have a reference to abg there...I'm gonna see if he is on msn..haha

Mortified_Lizard, that sounded fine!
Does Garageband come for MAC OS running on a PC? or is it strictly a MAC product? Also does it load VST?

Thanks
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#13
Check out these free amp/pedal VSTs

http://www.simulanalog.org/guitarsuite.htm

I don't use them cause they are nowhere near as good as paid VSTs like Pod Farm, Guitar Rig etc. The JCM900 model is pretty nice to me.
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Ok thanks guys ill check the ones wicked_hobbit suggested
+1 on the Pod Studio/TonePort for this application. You get the guitar->computer interface plus the amp/fx sim all in one package for a decent price.