How to Manipulate Simulated Amp Cabinets with EQ Matching

http://theproaudiofiles.com // A video on how you can use spectrum matching in iZotope Ozone 6 and EQ matching in FabFilter Pro-Q 2 to manipulate the character of a simulated amp cabinet.

Transcript Excerpt:

Hey, guys. This is Eric Tarr for theproaudiofiles.com.

As an audio engineer, I like to use guitar cabinet modeling in several different ways. I like to use it in the conventional way, where I’ll record a dry electric guitar signal that I send through a virtual guitar amplifier that I then send through a virtual guitar cabinet.

But I also like to use speaker simulation in unconventional ways, where maybe I’ll take my lead vocal and send that through a simulated speaker to create a signature sound for my song. Or maybe I’ll take my drum tracks, or individual tracks from my drum mix, and send those through a guitar cabinet model to come up with some kind of special effect.

The issue that always comes up for me, no matter what way I’m trying to use the guitar cabinet modeling, is trying to dial in the exact sound that fits with my song. Most amp simulator software will give me what I’ll call “high level control” over the sound, but it doesn’t give me a lot of fine grain control over the sound.

So what I’ve come up with then is a trick you can use for a lot of detailed control over the sound of the guitar cabinet as a special effect. I’m going to demonstrate this then by using the IK Multimedia Amplitube software. This is a plug-in, but you can use almost any amp simulator software to do this, along with a couple other plug-ins that I’ll show you here coming up.

So let’s say I’ve got a drum mix, and it sounds like this without the guitar cabinet model on it.

[drum mix plays]

Next, I’ll add in the effect.

Here, I actually want to bypass in this case the amplifier, and just focus on the cabinet. So when I come into this screen here in Amplitube, there are a couple of things that I can change.

So for instance, right off the bat, I can change the actual speaker that’s being simulated. So I might try it out here, and go for a couple of different sounds.

[drums, with speaker emulation]

So each one of these cabinets has a slightly different sound. They each sound a little bit different or unique.

Let’s say I also want to focus just on one of the microphones then. I’ll mute this one and focus on this one here. I can also swap out a different microphone and try and find one that matches well with this cabinet and this track, and if I had a full song going here, one that fit with everything.

[drums, with speaker emulation]

So I think you get the picture. Each cabinet sounds a little bit different. So does each microphone. The issue that comes up with – what if there’s some more things about this particular sound of the cabinet that I wanted to change? Maybe I don’t like a particular resonance, and I can try out different equalizers and all of that kind of stuff within the plug-in.

What I want to demonstrate then is if you go outside of the plug-in, and use a couple other different pieces of software, you can actually gain really, really focused control over the entire sound of this cabinet.

So I’m going to leave this one as it is right now. I like the sound of this cabinet. I’m going to switch over to another plug-in that I can use to actually capture the sound of this plug-in that will also give me control over the captured sound.

So I’ll do this in a couple of different ways. First one I’ll bring up here is Ozone. This is Ozone 6 from iZotope. What I’m going to do here is use the spectral matching feature to capture the spectral characteristics of this combination of guitar cabinet and microphone.

In order to do this, I’m going to start out with a reference, and then – or a target, and then also capture the reference, which is going to be the cabinet. Rather than using this sound of the drums, I’m going to switch over here to a special signal that I’ve synthesized that will be great for doing this task of just capturing this sound, or the characteristics of this speaker.

So this is going to be a frequency sweep. It starts from low frequencies, and sweeps all the way up to high frequencies that you’ll see here. I’ll bypass this effect to begin with, so this one is bypassed. I’m going to just send this sweep signal into the matching feature of Ozone – the Ozone equalizer, and just get a reference for a flat spectrum.

Now, if you need to catch up to speed on how to use spectral matching in Ozone, there’s plenty of other videos. I have some that I’ve done myself, and other guys from The Pro Audio Files that have some great videos to check out there. I’m just going to make use of it in this video.


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