#1
Hello,
I bought a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and have been trying to get free amp simulators working correctly for recording. I have been using reaper, I created a track, got Lepou's Le456 up and the cleans sounded nice, I then wanted to try distortion and I saw that people were using cabinet sims so I got lecab 2 and loaded up some JJ powertube impulses and when I tried playing distorted it sounded a bit muddy and crackled alot. What could be the cause of this? also are there any more bluesy and clean based free amp sims as they all seem to be metal ones? Thankyou
#2
That's probably because of the quality of the amp sim, so try something else, too.
Nick Crow stuff's nice, and the rest of LePou's stuff is nicer.

After that try using less gain, that helps a lot.
Reeeally, a lot.

Amp sims aren't a thing bluesmen and stuff use that much, so unless you wanna pay and get some bx_rockrack or softube amp rooms you'll have o use some free high gain simulator without turning the gain knob all the way up.
An example could be LeXtac's yellow and blue channels.
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#3
Yeah, for lower gain you'll probably have the best luck with LeXTAC or HyBrit. Otherwise check out some of AcmeBarGig's stuff, they have a few lower gain things, and IIRC there's a few nice lower gain heads in their Headcase suite too
#5
I have a tele and the free amp sim I use most is LeXtac.
That's about as far as it goes if you don't wanna pay.
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#6
I love the lextac, but not the gain settings on its own.
i always put an distortion/overdrive in front of it, like TSE R47 or ts999.
put a nice compressor after the lextac and cab sim and it will sound awesome.

well i think it sounds awesome, but i'm weird :$

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#7
Im using a Tele at the moment.

AcmebarGig is cool. They have treble drive on them you can turn on an off.
Plus you can get cab (speaker) sim. Pick up emulators to emulate more punch/drive
without adding distortion.

For amps with more drive for metal. I just put a noise gate in front of the amp
and/or lower the mic input level.
So you might try lowering the input or outout level when going into a recorder.

Yeah, you need to add other FX such as compressor, reverb, delay..ect.
There's different types.

I just use Vsthost. Run a jack from the headphone into my little 15watt practice
amp. I can get it to sound like Im playing off a 100 watt half stack. (not as loud of course)
Which is actually kind of cool because my actual half stack has to ne turned up to a certain volume to get certain tones but the tones will alter after it gets hot.

I also have an actual Fender twin reverb. It sounds sweet but you still need
to run an over drive to it. It too will change tones after the tubes warm up
or gets too hot.

So Amp emulators arnt really that bad considering.lol

I have other amp sims. The freebies dose just as good. It just takes you more
time to collect FX and chain them. Once you gathered FX. It's all good.
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