Guitar Cabinet Impulse Responses – The Best Stores & Freebies

Guitar Cabinet Impulse Responses - The Best Stores & Freebies

After we talked about virtual amp simulators in the past, the next logical step is to have a look at guitar cabinet impulse responses (in short: IR). Those so-called impulse responses are sound measurements that contain information about the guitar cabinet speaker, the room where everything is recorded as well as about the used microphone and microphone preamp in the particular situation. That set of information is stored in one single .wav file with that you can recreate the recording situation by loading it into a convolution plug-in – or in an easier term – IR loader. Once you have an IR created, it always recreates the same sound you initially captured, and you do not need to set up a bunch of equipment anymore every time you want to get this unique sound. Important to keep in mind is that an impulse response can recreate the signal chain elements coming AFTER the guitar amp head, but does not include sound characteristics of a guitar amp. Therefore, the combination with a virtual amp simulator or a real guitar amp head and a load box is required to get the guitar sound you want (explained more in detail by Pete Thorn here in one of his great Youtube videos). Impulse responses can also be used to recreate room sounds to be used later as reverb in your mix. However, we will focus on the guitar cabinet IRs in the following and where to get those if you do not want to create your own.

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Free Digital Distribution – The New Music Era

Free Digital Distribution

Every musician or beat producer knows that situation: you finished your new original song and want to make it available for the public on all major digital music stores and common streaming services. Previously, several providers offered this service next to other services like the collection of royalties in exchange for a subscription fee or a fee per release and year. Tunecore, Spinnup (pay per release) and Ditto Music and Distrokid (annual subscription fee) are some known providers of that kind in the distribution sector. But there is a trend that seems to change the fundamentals of the digital distribution market – free distribution for musicians!

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