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Vee Guitar Amp 2

12 February 2019, Tuesday
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Vee Guitar Amp 2 is a guitar tube amp simulator, designed to deliver clean-ish, crunched and distorted signals in a lo-fi, warm, vintage style.

It  includes a noise gate, a speaker cab emulation, a studio ambience  emulation, a flanger and a unique "widening/doubling" effect. It is a  strongly coloring low-gain amp, created to add a realistic vibe to  electric guitar/piano tracks.


NOISE GATE (hidden). Everything below -55 dBFS is muted.

TUBE  PREAMP with an overdrive circuit. It responds to playing dynamics, i.e.  the hotter the signal, the more harmonic content and distortion will  appear. If the signal is too hot and the amp breaks up too easily, use  the -9dB PAD switch. If the signal is too quiet, use the +15dB BOOST  switch (NOTE: you will effectively bypass the noise gate). Use both  switches to achieve a +6dB boost. Use the GAIN knob to fine tune the  preamp signal strength and overdrive.

BRICKWALL LIMITER (hidden).  The 20:1 FET type compressor. The more you hit it, the more harmonic  distortion and clipping it produces. The limiter is an integral part of  the amp sound, contributing greatly to crunch and distortion.

SEMI  PARAMETRIC EQ. Low Shelf and High Shelf EQ controls are independent  from Low Mid and High Mid Peak controls. The signal is divided into two  identical streams and recombined after the EQ section. This is known as  "parallel EQ'ing", commonly used in analogue domain devices.

SPEAKER  CABINET (hidden). The operating range of the driver is a classic  75Hz-5kHz range. The sound resembles a 2x12 cab, miked in an "off-axis  far" manner. The cab was designed to attenuate the most troublesome  frequencies, lowering risk of bad, ringing resonances, thus helping to  achieve decent sound without too much EQing and notching.

SPRING  REVERB. A "VeeSpringVerb" circuit, emulating a mono spring reverb. The  circuit is included in the bundle as a separate VST plugin.

FLANGER.  A stereo flanger. Its main purpose it to change mono signal into stereo  and color it with a classic and popular flanger effect.

STUDIO  ambience emulation. Designed to create a realistic vibe by injecting a  "room" reverb into the dry signal, as if the cab was miked with an  additional condenser mic.

WIDENER. A unique "VeeWide" circuit  (also included as a separate VST). The idea behind the effect is very  simple and was widely (pun intended) used in the '80s. This knob delays  the right channel signal by 0-2000 samples, benefiting from a certain  psychoacoustic phenomenon: human brains cannot distinguish echoes when  they are 20-50 ms away from the main signal. When used on strings/pad  track, it creates a "widening" effect, giving illusion that sound comes  from "everywhere", tightly filling the entire stereo scene. When used on  guitars/keys, it creates a doubling and slapback effects. As you turn  the knob clockwise, you will notice that signal "moves right". This is  an illusion - check the VCA meters of your DAW to see that L/R levels  are perfectly leveled. Combine this effect with the flanger (which tends  to "shift" signal to the left) to create a unique and interesting  stereo effects. Experiment and have fun!

THANKS go to Antress  (for generously shared tube overdrive algorithm, FET compressor  "circuits", low and hi shelf eq circuits and GUI knobs, Christian W.  Budde for his awesome VST Plugin Analyzer, David Gibson for showing the  classic delay trick used in "VeeWide" plug




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