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RedWirez Guitar Cabinet Impulses Present: Mega Doom

Ruprect —  December 5, 2012 — 1 Comment
Redwirez Impulses

Redwirez Impulses

Redwirez Presents Mega Doom

The world of amp modelers and guitar emulation software has come a long way in the past 5 years or so. Personally, I rid myself of the unreliability and back pains of lugging around an amp a long time ago, but there are still skeptics of these little boxes, pedals, and plugins. I think that I know why….

Cabinet Impulses

Pretty much any modeler or guitar amp emulator is going to come stock with a suite of cabinets and amps for you to mix and match to your liking. You’ll see pictures of cabinets that you may have previously owned and you’ll most likely get **** fuzzy feelings. The problem is that most of these impulses sound more like me ramming the naughty space shuttle into a meat grinder than guitar cabs.

The Importance Of The Guitar Cab

For some strange reason I’ve encountered many creatures that spend TONS of cash and time seeking out specific guitar amps to try and achieve the status of an immortal. While that’s all well and good, it seems like only a fraction of that time is spent worrying about the guitar cabinet. It would seem that this has been the approach of a few of the larger amp modeler developers. This is mildly disturbing considering the impact a guitar cabinet has on the overall tone. Luckily there is a company who understands this and has made it their business to get it right.

Redwirez

And they absolutely nailed it! Making a patch using the Redwirez cabs makes a process that used to be the most aggravating thing on the face of the planet turn into a magical journey to the land of great EASY to achieve tone. VST amp emulations that used to be completely worthless to me, are now legitimate tone machines. And modelers that previously sounded really good, now sound GREAT. The realism that these cabs bring to the digital world is incredible. Aside from adding to the overall character of the guitar tone these impulses SOLVE PROBLEMS! That is a big damn deal to me. I want to make music that sounds as good as it can, not spend 30 minutes eqing the living crap out of a guitar track to remove mud and high end fizz. These cabs have a way of doing most of this work naturally while retaining punch and top end presence.

Variety

One thing that I absolutely love about this company is that they give you an absurd amount of cabinets and mic positions. There are so many cabinets, mics, and mic placements in the Big Box Series that I can’t even begin to remember or name them all. From 4X12′s to open back 1X12′s and all the usual suspects when it comes to mics, you will find a ton of great options.  Actually, there are almost too many good combinations. We’ve had the Big Box Series for months and I’m still finding new cabs and mics that sound badass. That is an excellent problem to have, and a rare one.

Sounds

At the bottom of this article you will find some examples of how Redwirez impulses solve problems for me and enhance the overall tone of my guitar tracks. I made all of the patches using stock Fractal cabs within the Axe Fx Standard. Then I removed the stock cabs and replaced them with Redwirez. The difference is HUGE! It’s important to note that there was absolutely no post processing on any of the guitar tracks, and the only difference in the comparisons are the impulses.

The Bottom Line

These impulses are absolutely essential to what I do. Adding these impulses to my arsenal has improved my guitar tone dramatically. If you use any kind of amp emulation be it software or hardware I highly recommend giving these a shot.

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[mp3j track="http://www.recordingreview.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Funk_Fusion_Redwirez_Impulses.mp3"]

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[mp3j track="http://www.recordingreview.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Metal_Redwirez_Impulses.mp3"]

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brandondrury – 12-31-2012, 01:36 PM
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Yeah, for me the Redwirez cabinet impulses are a no brainer. There is a certain aspect I like to the fizzier stock impulses in the Axe FX, but when I want the more “raw” more “real” type of tone, I get it almost instantly with the Redwirez impulses.

I particularly like the way the Redwirez impulses instantly solve mud problems. Great product!

Brandon

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bobbybovine – 12-31-2012, 05:02 PM
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Hmmmm solve mud problems? Sound like I may need to invest in this. I currently do very little in the way of guitar emulation. I suppose I should devote some time into learning more about them. I do after all love a smoking guitar tone almost as much as a killer drum tone.

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acidfrost – 12-31-2012, 05:44 PM
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I got confused because I thought the stock ones were the first ones lol
I was like well axe-fx seems to be a LOT better haha.
Oops
They sound amazing! What a difference!
Let’s take out the wallet!

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PunkGuy – 12-31-2012, 06:12 PM
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Are they really that much better than the stock Guitar Rigged cabinets? I have to EQ the tone to death to get close to where I want to be with it. I bought Recabinet maybe a year ago and I as not impressed with it; I found the default GR cabinets to be better. If Redwirez can take my tone from C- to A- with little to no learning curve than I might be game.

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Ruprect – 01-01-2013, 03:06 AM
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Quote Originally Posted by PunkGuy View Post
Are they really that much better than the stock Guitar Rigged cabinets? I have to EQ the tone to death to get close to where I want to be with it. I bought Recabinet maybe a year ago and I as not impressed with it; I found the default GR cabinets to be better. If Redwirez can take my tone from C- to A- with little to no learning curve than I might be game.
The Redwirez cabs are definitely way better than the stock Guitar Rig cabs up to version 4. Guitar Rig 5 actually has a few Redwirez cabs included in control room pro. The Big Box bundle is incredible, but if you don’t want to dish out the cash for all of them you can buy individual cabs with all of the mics and mic placements for about the cost of going to Burger King once. They also have a free impulse of a Marshall 1960a cab that is the EXACT same thing you get in The Big Box bundle. It sounds awesome and covers a lot of bases.

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kakeux – 01-01-2013, 01:11 PM
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The difference is really more obvious on heavy disto. The metal examples are showing it perfectly.

My main problem is that I don’t know how to work with impulse response, at least with the plugins I own. Now I would like knowing it.

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acidfrost – 01-01-2013, 01:22 PM
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If you buy the full bundle of redwirez, it comes with an IR plugin so you can load them.
Also, some other plugins can load external IR like Cubase’s Reverence.
I have Overloud TH2 and can load IR too.

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sonic-man – 01-01-2013, 03:32 PM
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Here’s my impression: The Redwirez tracks seem to be less clanky, or is that crispy, and yet they seem more lively at the same time…

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PunkGuy – 01-01-2013, 07:29 PM
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The Redwirez cabs are definitely way better than the stock Guitar Rig cabs up to version 4. Guitar Rig 5 actually has a few Redwirez cabs included in control room pro. The Big Box bundle is incredible, but if you don’t want to dish out the cash for all of them you can buy individual cabs with all of the mics and mic placements for about the cost of going to Burger King once. They also have a free impulse of a Marshall 1960a cab that is the EXACT same thing you get in The Big Box bundle. It sounds awesome and covers a lot of bases.
Haha GR4 is what I’ve got. I may just have to try downloading the free cabinet and see how it fares.

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Stan_Halen – 01-01-2013, 07:58 PM
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Wow, Ian, got a promotion to S.O.C.! (maybe I’m just now noticing) Congratulations! For Those About To Rock, we salute you.

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sonic-man – 01-02-2013, 02:03 AM
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So this is kinda exciting. I am using GR4 (or is it 5…) and Amplitube3, but have never used any ‘other party’ cabinet impulses before. I just nabbed the free marshal cab from Redwirez – now i’m wondering… is the down load a self contained plugin, or does it require having a Redwirez plugin product?

UPDATE: OK – i found this list of compatible plugins on the redwirez pages – Compatible Software I use Sonar X2 and have the Overloud TH-1 plugin that came with X2, so i will try using that…

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feegs – 01-02-2013, 04:26 AM
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I use Guitar Rig 5 or PODHD500 with Redwirez MIXIR2 in Cubase on an insert then MIXIR2 on insert 2 for the Redwirez cabs. The Redwirez Impedence Curves running in serial mode after Cab are pretty cool also. What cabs / mic / position did you use??
It’s such a quick process and so easy to try new mic combinations when you get the hang of it.. I really like it!

Honestly… Just buy it! Worth every cent!

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Ruprect – 01-02-2013, 06:55 PM
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Quote Originally Posted by Stan_Halen View Post
Wow, Ian, got a promotion to S.O.C.! (maybe I’m just now noticing) Congratulations! For Those About To Rock, we salute you.
Attachment 26423 Oh yeah!

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bobbybovine – 01-02-2013, 07:42 PM
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Quote Originally Posted by Ruprect View Post
Attachment 26423 Oh yeah!
You really must have put out to get that!!! hahaha

This is what I think of Authority!

In all seriousness, cool man. Hail Mr. Bolton

 

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Ruprect once went carless to chase his guitar tone obsession. This same mindless pursuit of tone has led him to an equally brilliant chase of mega recording glory. He assists Brandon Drury, the super human who runs RecordingReview, and when Ruprect shakes or rolls over Brandon allows him to give his opinion to the world.
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One response to RedWirez Guitar Cabinet Impulses Present: Mega Doom

  1. It would be very interesting to hear side by side your recorded sounds from the “Reamping” chapter with the same files but now reamped trough RedWirez impulses.

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