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Tomsline ASR-3 Shaper Cabinet Simulator Effect Pedal

In this post, I’ll show you how I am using a Tomsline Aroma ASR-3 Shaper Cabinet Simulator effect pedal in my analog guitar effects chain to simulate some well-known guitar speaker cabinets. This pedal helped me solve an issue I had when I wanted to record a quick demo, but I didn’t have physical guitar cabinets to provide the output from my amps. In addition, I now have 11 guitar cabinets available to me to cover both clean and high gain situations. Let’s take a look at how I implemented a Tomsline Aroma ASR-3 Shaper Cabinet Simulator effect pedal in my studio.

04 November 2020 – Written by Michael R. Myers #mykmyrs

Tags: #tomsline #aromamusic #ASR3 #shaper #cabsim #guitarcab #guitar #hotone #heart attack #review #signalchain

Skill Level: Intermediate

What You’ll Need to Get Started

ASR-3 Shaper Pedal Features

Taken directly from the user manual, here are the features that the pedal offers and an overview of the controls available. SR-3_Page_2_reduced

Signal Chain Overview

I use a Hotone Heart Attack mini-amp head. This amp is only 5 watts, but it can really put out a decently strong signal. As an added bonus, it has a built-in effects loop send and return. You can also plug in headphones for silent practice, or a line out to your computer or audio interface. A point to understand here is that with headphones or a line out cable, all you’re going to hear is the amp’s raw output, which is pretty harsh. Hotone_Heart_Attack_Front

Since this is a true amp head, it expects to be hooked directly into a speaker cabinet with its Speaker Output connection. But with some amplifier know-how, we can send the amp’s output through the Effects Loop Send jack with a mono TS cable directly to the ASR-3’s input jack to simulate a real speaker cabinet’s output sound. Hotone_Heart_Attack_Rear

Now that the ASR-3 has received the raw amp output, we can select the cab we want to emulate and set its EQ knobs to our own personal taste.

Use the large white knob to move through the 11 amps available to you. There is also a volume knob and a color knob, which is a tone control.ASR-3

As you can see in the list below, the pedal offers a set of well-known speaker cabinet simulations. There are clean and high gain cabinets available to allow for a more dynamic experience, if desired.Cab_List-1

Finally, hook theASR-3’s output jack to powered speakers, a powered studio monitor or your digital audio interface and listen to the magic.

FYI – You can hear how the pedal’s cabs sound on some videos on YouTube. Most of the reviews are not in English, but that doesn’t really matter much since you’re probably looking to hear the output of the pedal anyway.

If you’re looking for other guitar and bass amp cabinet simulators, read my previous post where I showed the Valeton Coral Cab effect pedal.

Summary

We’ve covered how to use a Tomsline Aroma ASR-3 Shaper Cabinet Simulator effect pedal in your analog signal chain for your guitar amp. For people who may not want to use digital amplifier and speaker cabinet simulators, this pedal can provide similar capabilities with analog gear. By providing 11 guitar cabinets on one unit, you can get a lot of different sounds for one purchase price. If you can pick one of these units up used, I would highly recommend you do so.

If you would like to add to this content to help other folks, please contact me and let me know what you have in mind.

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Valeton Coral Cab Effect Pedal

In this post, I’ll show you how I am using a Valeton Coral Cab effect pedal in my analog guitar effects chain to simulate some well-known guitar and bass speaker cabinets with impulse responses. The pedal has both guitar speaker and bass speaker simulations built-in with impulse responses, so you are not limited to cabs for only one instrument or the other. This pedal helped me solve an issue I had when I wanted to record a quick demo, but I didn’t have physical guitar cabinets to provide the output from my amps. In addition, I now have 14 guitar and 14 bass cabinets available to me to cover both clean and high gain situations. Let’s take a look at how I implemented a Valeton Coral Cab effect pedal in my studio.

02 November 2020 – Written by Michael R. Myers #mykmyrs

Tags: #valetoncoralcab #valeton #cabsim #guitarcab #guitar #hotone #heart attack #review #signalchain #ir #impulseresponse

Skill Level: Intermediate

What You’ll Need to Get Started

  • A guitar or bass amplifier head (NOT a combo or practice amp)
  • A Valeton Coral Cab effect pedal
  • A power source for the Coral Cab pedal (it does not use batteries)
  • A digital audio interface, studio monitors or powered speakers
  • A few TS cables to connect the components

Coral Cab Features

Taken directly from the user manual, here are the features that the Coral Cab pedal offers and an overview of the controls available.Features_from_Manual Controls_from_Manual.

Signal Chain Overview

I use a Hotone Heart Attack mini-amp head. This amp is only 5 watts, but it can really put out a decently strong signal. As an added bonus, it has a built-in effects loop send and return. You can also plug in headphones for silent practice, or a line out to your computer or audio interface. A point to understand here is that with headphones or a line out cable, all you’re going to hear is the amp’s raw output, which is pretty harsh. Hotone_Heart_Attack_Front

Since this is a true amp head, it expects to be hooked directly into a speaker cabinet with its Speaker Output connection. But with some amplifier know-how, we can send the amp’s output through the Effects Loop Send jack with a mono TS cable directly to the Coral Cab’s input jack to simulate a real speaker cabinet’s output sound.Hotone_Heart_Attack_Rear

Now that the Coral Cab has received the raw amp output, we can select the cab we want to emulate and set its EQ knobs to our own personal taste. The large switch controls the mode for guitar cabinets, bass cabinets or bypass. The guitar cabs are green, the bass cabs are red. You can bypass the unit entirely by holding the silver switch down for a few seconds. Valeton_Coral_Cab_Pedal

Use the Cab Type button to move through the amps on the A Channel. Press the A/B switch to change to the B Channel. The A channel will light the A/B switch a solid color. The B channel will make the A/B switch to a constant flashing light while on that channel.

Here is the list of amps that are available on the pedal. As you may see, there are some popular cabinets on the unit for you to take advantage of. And before you ask, the answer is “no” to you being able to load your own impulses on the pedal.Valeton_Coral_Cab_List

Finally, hook the Coral Cab’s output jack to powered speakers, a powered studio monitor or your digital audio interface and listen to the magic. I am very impressed with the impulse responses on the pedal. Would I use it to gig? I don’t know as I have never left my home to play, so you’ll have to be the judge on whether the Coral Cab would stand up to live performances. For my ears and my home studio space, this pedal is perfect for recording demos and getting a specific sound with the provided cabinets.

FYI – You can hear how the pedal’s cabs sound on some videos on YouTube. Most of the reviews are not in English, but that doesn’t really matter much since you’re probably looking to hear the output of the pedal anyway.

If you’re looking for other guitar cabinet simulators, read my next post where I showed the Tomsline Engineering Aroma ASR-3 Shaper pedal.

Summary

We’ve covered how to use a Valeton Coral Cab effect pedal in your analog signal chain for your guitar or bass amp. For people who may not want to use digital amplifier and speaker cabinet simulators, this pedal can provide similar capabilities with analog gear. By providing guitar and bass cabinets on one unit, you can get a lot of different sounds for one purchase price. If you can pick one of these units up used, I would highly recommend you do so.

If you would like to add to this content to help other folks, please contact me and let me know what you have in mind.

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Create Digitech GNX4 Presets with MFX Supermodels

In this post, we’ll learn how to create Digitech GNX4 presets with MFX Supermodels. The MFX Supermodels are a software collection of amplifiers and speaker cabinets that were developed by a third party for the GNX4. Unfortunately, the supermodels are no longer commercially available, but sometimes you can find the CD-ROM for sale on e-Bay or Reverb. Using the Digitech X-Edit software, it’s easy to create your own presets with the MFX Supermodels. Before we begin, X-Edit only works in the Windows operating system, so Mac users will not be able to use X-Edit natively within MacOS. So let’s jump in and learn how to create Digitech GNX4 Presets with MFX Supermodels.

02 November 2020 – Written by Michael R. Myers #mykmyrs

Tags: #GNX4 #Digitech #X-Edit #MFXSupermodels #guitar #preset

Skill Level: Intermediate

If you don’t have the MFX Supermodels available , but you’d still like to learn how to modify the stock GNX4 presets, have a look at my post Edit Digitech GNX4 Presets with X-Edit.

What You’ll Need to Get Started

  • The MFX Supermodels disc
  • Microsoft Windows. Windows 7, 8 and 10 work correctly.
  • Digitech GNX4 unit with a USB cable connected to your Windows computer
  • Digitech’s GNX4 drivers (v2.1) from the GNX4 product page
  • Digitech’s X-Edit software (v2.4.1) from the GNX4 product page

Create Digitech GNX4 Presets with MFX Supermodels

  1. Download and install the GNX4 USB drivers for Windows
  2. Download and install X-Edit. Remember, X-Edit only works on Windows
  3. It may be helpful for you to copy the entire MFX Supermodels disc to your local hard drive, or a USB drive. This is not a requirement, it’s just faster for some folks to not have to locate and load their cd-rom tray every time they want to access the files
  4. Make sure the GNX4 is connected by USB and power it on
  5. Open X-edit to begin editing. On the left-hand side, X-Edit lists the GNX4 preset banks. There is User, Factory and Memory Card, if you have a card inserted into your GNX4.XEdit-Main-Screen
  6. Expand the node of the bank you’d like to edit. Typically, you would edit the User or Memory Card banks to preserve your factory presets.
  7. Double click a preset name to load it into the window. I selected the first User bank preset “Hybrid” as an example.
  8. Now let’s see what the MFX Supermodels can do for us. Click File>Load Custom GeNetix Model>Amp & Cabinet>Channel 1. You’ll be asked to locate the *.ACM file that contains the information we need to load. I selected the Engl Savage 120 as an example. Click Open to continue.Select-Amp-and-Cab
  9. Your X-Edit screen will update the Channel 1 section (dark green colored) and show you the amp and cabinet you just selected.elected-Amp-and-Cab
  10. Change what you’d like to tweak your preset’s sound in the Channel 1 sections. Your changes are not saved until you manually save them.
  11. If you want to add a different amp and cabinet to Channel 2, repeat the process. Or maybe you want the same amp and cabinet on Channel 2, but using different stomps and effects. You have many options here, so don’t be afraid to get in there and tweak PER CHANNEL. And don’t forget about the Warp channel as well.
  12. To save your changes, click the Device Menu, then Store Preset. You’ll get this dialog window. Make sure the bank is correct, the number position of the preset in the bank is correct, and give it a new name, if desired. Click Store and the edited preset is now on your GNX4 or your memory card. XEdit-Store-Preset

Summary

We’ve covered how to create Digitech GNX4 Presets with MFX Supermodels in this brief tutorial. Presets are a good starting point that allow for your own customizations and to easily recall a specific sound quickly. Experiment with the User or Memory Card preset banks to see what you can come up with, or import the presets others have already made. Either way, you have a world of options available to make those presets sound perfect for you.

If you would like to add to this content to help other folks, please contact me and let me know what you have in mind.