[LAD] [ann] CAPS 0.9.4

Tim E. Real termtech at rogers.com
Mon Jan 14 00:26:56 UTC 2013

On January 13, 2013 09:45:58 PM Tim Goetze wrote:
> [Tim E. Real]
> >Applied patch. The model seems to still make very little difference.
> >Hard to tell, but it seems like only model 7 sounds different than the
> >rest. Also hard to tell but the brightness seems to make no difference.
> >Should there be so little difference in these settings?
> Situated rather early in the signal path, the tonestack's influence on
> the sound will lessen as more gain is applied.  (The model switches
> found on commercial amp emulators will very likely also change a host
> of other circuit characteristics in addition to the tonestack, so the
> sound change will be much more pronounced.  I prefer to expose those
> characteristics with fully independent controls.)
> The current tonestack model 7 is from a very small amp and it comes
> with an unusually great amount of treble cut and bass boost designed
> into it, probably intended to compensate for the poor bass response of
> the small loudspeaker and casing.
> The 'bright' filter is located between the two saturating stages so,
> like the tonestack's, its effects are less pronounced when high gain
> drives the poweramp stage into heavy saturation.  Also, when you turn
> up 'gain' and/or 'power', the range of the 'bright' control is reduced
> in order to unmap unusable regions of the parameter space.  Anyway,
> you may still notice that lower 'bright' settings can help to clean up
> hi-gain noise, especially in notes higher up the neck.
> You could replace the 'bright' filter with a more intricate
> arrangement (I've been thinking about an experiment with a 4-way eq)
> to get further sound shaping options, but I think that more meaningful
> control over the hi-gain tone can be had by routing the amp's output
> through an additional equaliser.  Given the abundance of good eq
> plugins, there seemed to be no good reason to put one into the amp
> itself (though that may change too).

OK makes sense to me. Thanks.
My mistake, I "turned it down, man" and can now hear the differences
 with all controls.
After that, even with gain at full I can now recognize the differences.


> >Anyway, so far it sounds really good.
> >It seems a /lot/ more beefier than the old amp VTS.
> >I recall having to run a separate distortion plugin into the old VTS. No
> >more.
> Very glad to hear you like it.  I mostly play a cleanish sound
> (everything at default settings) but at some point it became apparent
> that even the clean tone will only work well if the amp can produce a
> great hi-gain sound.
> Thanks,
> Tim

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