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5. AMP/SPEAKER SIMULATION
4.3 Storing presets
To store your edited preset, hold down the preset button
required for approx. 2 seconds for the preset to be overwritten
(the corresponding LED lights up throughout).
+ You do not necessarily have to store your edited
preset in place of the original preset selected. If
you choose a different storage position, select the
preset bank you want using the arrow buttons
(BANK UP and BANK DOWN). You can store your
changes by holding down the preset button for
approx. two seconds. For example, you can edit a
preset originally stored in bank 5, position D, and
then store it in bank 6, position A.
4.4 Discarding an edited preset/restoring a
single factory preset
If you have edited a preset and find that you dont like the
edited version, you can, of course, discard it. Lets assume
youve selected and then edited preset C (the corresponding
LED has lit up), but you would now like to return to the
configuration stored previously. Simply select another preset.
The next time you call up the preset, the temporarily edited
version is discarded. After editing, you can also hold down the
two arrow buttons until Pr appears in the display, which brings
back the factory preset that was originally stored there. However,
you then have to save it again by holding down the corresponding
preset button for approx. two seconds.
4.5 Restoring all factory presets
All factory presets can be restored as follows: Hold down
buttons D and E and then switch on the device. CL
appears in the display. Now release the two buttons and press
the two arrow buttons simultaneously. This erases all the edited
presets you have stored and restores the factory presets. Please
refer to chapter 8.3.1 if you need information on how to save
your settings via MIDI.
The very heart of the V-AMPIRE sound is its amp/speaker
simulation. The 32 simulation models can make work in a home
recording studio very much easier because it isnt necessary to
mike up the guitar amp. With the V-AMPIRE it is childs play for
you to choose one of the legendary guitar amps, be it for Brit
Pop, Blues, Heavy Metal or whatever. In addition, you can tailor
the sound of the respective amp to suit your ideas and then
connect it virtually to one of 15 speaker simulations (cabinets).
On top of all that, you can even choose digital effect and reverb
types for your virtual amp. See chapter 6 EFFECTS PROCESSOR
for more details.
When you switch on the device, it automatically loads the last
preset selected. The LED ring around the AMPS control shows
which amp has been selected. The corresponding LED lights up.
To select another amp simply turn the control. Use the VOLUME,
BASS, MID, TREBLE and GAIN controls to modify the basic sound
of the amp. Hold down the TAP button and turn the TREBLE
control to raise or lower an additional high-frequency PRESENCE
filter (see ).
As a rule, you will want to select an amp first, then a cabinet
and finally an effect. See chapter 4 for how to store your
modifications. To give you a better overview of the extensive
range of amp simulations, we have compiled the following
descriptions of the different types of amplifiers.
+ When you select an amp simulation, an appropriate
speaker simulation is activated automatically (see
tab. 5.2). Otherwise, the authenticity of the sound
could be affected by an unsuitable cabinet
especially if you are using headphones. Naturally,
you can combine the amp simulations with other
cabinets according to taste.
5.1 Amp descriptions
AMERICAN BLUES: This virtual amp is modeled on the Fender
Bassman 4 x 10 Combo. Originally designed as a bass amp, it
soon became a standard amp of blues legends such as Steve
Ray Vaughan or Billy Gibbons due to its characteristic distortion.
As you would expect, it packs a solid punch in the bass range,
but is still flexible enough in the mid and treble ranges.
AND DELUXE: A synthesis of a 1960 Fender Blackface Deluxe
and a 50s Fender Bassman. The result is a crystal-clear sound
that still simulates the edge of the vintage amps. The sound
control gives you even greater scope than the EQ controls on
MODERN CLASS A: This amp is characterized by its slight
distortion and sounds almost like hi-fi. It is modeled on the
Matchless Chieftain, a very expensive, hand-made amp.
CUSTOM CLASS A: The model for this simulation is the Budda
Twinmaster. This Class A amp is renowned for its warm sound
combined with irresistible tube distortion. Although the original
amp does not have a mid control, we have given the capability of
suiting the mid range to your taste.
TWEED COMBO: This was Jeff Becks favorite when he
recorded the albums Blow by Blow and Wired. This amp was
not actually designed for heavy distortion, but due to its low
power, it is ideal for uncompromising overdrive sound.
SMALL COMBO: This model is based on the 1960 Tweed
Champ. The main attraction of this amp simulation is when the
DRIVE function is used a lot. Although this amp was actually
designed for beginners on the guitar, it soon became a favorite
amp of many guitar aficionados. The reason for that was that it
produced an amazingly distorted sound even at low volume.
The Tweed Champ had a volume control, but no EQ control. If
you want to get the most authentic sound out of this amp, keep
the sound control on your V-AMPIRE in the mid position.
CLASSIC CLEAN: Back in the 80s, the Roland JC-120 was
the preferred sound of Buzzy Feiten (guitarist with the Dave
Weckl Band). The unique quality of this transistor amps sound is
the way its brilliance cuts through any mix. It is ideal for the New
Wave sound of the 80s that is making a come-back today. By the
way, the JC-120 was also popular among Fender Rhodes pianists.
BLACK TWIN: This simulation was modeled on a Fender
Blackface Twin from 1965. In the 60s this amp was used by
jazz, country and even rock guitarists. What was unique about
it was that it was exceptionally loud and was therefore mainly
used for live performances. The secret of the Blackface Twin
was that although you could play it extremely loud, the distortion
remained relatively low.
BRIT BLUES: Modeled on the JTM 45, the first Marshall amp
ever. This, by the way, was Eric Claptons favorite amp when
he was with Cream. The JTM 45 was the forerunner of many of
Marshalls later amps with their distinctive, powerful sound.
Extreme gain settings produce a highly compressed and really
dirty sounding distortion. Combined with a 2 x 12" speaker
simulation it produces impressive Bluesbreaker sounds.
AND CUSTOM: This simulation is based on a 1965 Marshall
JTM 45 Bluesbreaker but has more flexibility of sound control.
Turn the GAIN control to the left and this simulation sounds like a
Marshall; turn it to the right and it is more reminiscent of the