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The value of tube amps

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I have been playing around with tube amp emulators. It looks like for the effect to not get in the way too much of the accuracy of the sound, small adjustments are warranted. The end result is a very subtle change from the original sound. This is so subtle that I have to very carefully listen for it.

 

Is this how real tube amps are like? The effect of the tubes are very subtle? Or is my tube amp emulator way off the mark in this regard?

 

So far, I know for my particular purposes, it takes the edge off a bit of some types of sounds, if this makes any sense.


Edited by r010159 - 4/16/14 at 9:11am
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I think tube even order harmonic distortion can be significant.  Especially with OTL amps and high quality audio coupling capacitors.  I would stop short of calling it "dramatic" though.  I mean an HD650 is still going to be smooth and relaxing and an RS1 is still going to be energetic... regardless of the amps even order harmonic coloration.

 

Curious what emulation software are you using?... I'd like to give it a try out.  Tube emulation has been around for a ~decade in guitar circles.  This is the first I have heard of it here on HF and with headphones in general.

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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post

I think tube even order harmonic distortion can be significant.  Especially with OTL amps and high quality audio coupling capacitors.  I would stop short of calling it "dramatic" though.  I mean an HD650 is still going to be smooth and relaxing and an RS1 is still going to be energetic... regardless of the amps even order harmonic coloration.

Curious what emulation software are you using?... I'd like to give it a try out.  Tube emulation has been around for a ~decade in guitar circles.  This is the first I have heard of it here on HF and with headphones in general.

It is freeware by Nick Crow called Tube Driver. I use it with my PC based music player that supports VST plugins. I also use a dynamic parametric graphic EQ, but that is another discussion.
post #4 of 4

The tube emulators I've tried haven't really sounded like an actual tube amp to me. If you want to play with emulators though, I suggest getting some analog tape reel emulators. Similar effect to tube emulators, but I just like them more. It's hard to describe. 

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