Using the ART Pro MPA II to Warm Up DI Guitars

My go-to preamp for DI guitar.

Plenty of people love guitar amp sims, and plenty hate them.  This video doesn’t get into that; it is simply a demonstration of how you can use the ART Pro MPA II to introduce real tube saturation into your signal before processing it with a guitar sim.

There are going to be naysayers.

Plenty of musicians go a bit overboard in their search for tone.  While no one would claim that a sim can recreate the exact sound of a vintage tweed amp, plenty of us get excellent results out of amp sims that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing once it is in a mix.

The purpose of this video.

I’m not here to convince you that you should sell your ’65 Deluxe Reverb.  I’m here to talk to the people that are looking into the ART Pro MPA series.  It will have a discernible effect on your tracks, and you will be probably be happy with it.

Notes:

I recorded this using an RME ADI-8 as the D/A converter.  The guitar was a custom-built Tele with single-coil pickups.  I also had the low cut filter turned up to cut frequencies up to about 150hz.

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