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There is an argument that cannot be won. The act of standing in front of a powerful vintage guitar amp and blazing a trail of glory complete with the sustain and feedback that that can only be achieved through red hot tubes and a vibrating cabinet is immeasurable. LIST PRICE: $595.00
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There is an argument that cannot be won. The act of standing in front of a powerful vintage guitar amp and blazing a trail of glory complete with the sustain and feedback that that can only be achieved through red hot tubes and a vibrating cabinet is immeasurable. There is something that touches the soul through such a spectacle. People pay money just to see it, and the people that do it cannot put the feeling into words.

Digidesign has attempted to replicate the very best of the world’s guitar amps and cabinets in its very own Pro Tools plug-in. Eleven allows users to apply realistic guitar tones through interchangeable amp heads and cabinets complete with on- or off-axis microphone placement utilizing an assortment of vintage and ribbon microphones.

Practicality and reliability are the main reasons I consider this worth the bargain. This variation of amps, cabinets and microphones would cost the common man thousands upon thousands of dollars to obtain and keep functioning properly. Nor does everyone have a room without any noise restriction to turn it all the way up, allowing the tubes to saturate as rockingly as possible. Yes, I said rockingly. It is now a word.

I really found the speaker breakup attenuator amazing. I also enjoyed the fact that tracking with the plug-in allowed me to play like the amp was out in a booth while I was in the control room, listening back with the engineer, who was also me.

The versatility that allows you to make tweaks or readjust the sound is great. For example, when I listened back to my take, I could bypass Eleven and the signal was totally clean. In fact, it allows any track to be re-amped or thickened up by duplicating the track and playing through two amp cabinets. The possibilities are here to play.

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