[LAU] bass amp simulator

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Sun Aug 30 21:09:35 EDT 2009

On Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 07:44:10PM -0500, Brent Busby wrote:
> Has anyone found any plugins (preferably Linux-native, not wineasio or 
> vst) that do a decent job with bass amp simulation?  I've achieved a 
> pretty good mic'ed cabinet sound with a real mic'ed cabinet, but I'm 
> afraid the problem in my apartment at night is the mic'ed cabinet. 
> Even something that does a good enough job for scratchpad takes would be 
> nice.  I currently have a Whirlwind Director direct box, and I've not 
> been impressed with it much.  Maybe there are better direct boxes?
> On the other hand...I seem to be one of the few people I know who has 
> not yet tried a Line6 Bass Pod.  Are they really any good for amp 
> simulation?  I am after fairly natural bass tones by the way, nothing 
> that puts your bass through distortion or makes it sound like a 
> spaceship....

The Fender Bassman was a bass amp, in the 1950's, and is simulated in CAPS, IIRC.

Other than that, most bass players I know like to go direct, possibly through a limiter, and that's it. Depends on the sound you're going for.


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