Vintage V6 Strat – RME Babyface PRO Positive Grid Bias FX

Here’s what you can get with these pieces of gears; Vintage V6 StratocasterRME Babyface PROPositive Grid Bias FX ’94 Match DC amp + Kurzweil KS-40 Reference Monitors

Microphone Comparison Boss Micro BR-80 vs Canon Legria HF R506

An attempt to compare built-in microphones found in Boss Micro BR-80 and Canon Legria HF R506. Both devices were aimed to my guitar from almost the same direction and location. Which one is better?

SX SST62 LPB Strat Graptech Nut Upgrade

Here’s a quick demo of my new SX SST62 Stratocaster

I have upgraded the stock nut to a Graphtech TUSQ XL and also restrung it with an Elixir Nanoweb 11-49 set of strings.

PS: Tuned down a half step! This sounds much fresher

AMT P2 Test Drive

Here’s a very laid back test drive of AMT P2. You have two analogue amp simulations. When the switch is off, you have a Fender-like clean tones. When engaged you have whichever AMT series you have picked up. In this case, you have Peavey 5150 kind of tones.

AMT is a Russian guitar pedal company and they built great sounding pedals. Please have a look at AMT’s range of pedals and preamps on Amazon!

Covered vs Uncovered Pickups – A/B Test

I’ve been planning to install pickup covers on my Seymour Duncan JB / Jazz set as my Ibanez AR300RE comes with a covered pair of pickups. It is supposed to be a taste thing rather than a strict fact when it comes to covering or uncovering pickups. So I’m not going to judge anything here, instead one can easily claim that I’m quite biased in this post. I have recently started liking covered humbucker look. After I upgraded my pickups to Seymour Duncan JB / Jazz set, I tried to remove the covers from default pickups and install them on my new pickups, but they didn’t fit. In addition, it was almost impossible to find an exact cover for your pickups in my country. I sent a couple of e-mails to Seymour Duncan and SD dealers in Turkey, but so far no reply! If you’d like to purchase covers for your pickups, here is a trusted online shop Amazon.com!

Finally, I found someone selling a pair of pickup covers for Seymour Duncan branded pickups. I can’t say I don’t like zebra pickups but nowadays covered look of humbuckers appeal to me a lot more than a naked one.

I was actually going to prepare a post regarding with installing covers on humbucker pickups but after I went through Youtube videos, I thought they’d already done much better tutorial videos than I could achieve. Here are some great examples;

Here is the final result side by side below;

LePou Plugins Review – Lecto Hybrit Le456 Lextac Legion SoloC

I’ve been planning to review every single VST Amp out there along with different impulse responses for a while. At the moment, I just use my RME Babyface USB audio interface to play and record electric guitars. I’m trying to find every single VST amp simulations out there and test them in various situations. In this part, I’m going to start with LePou’s plugins. To be honest, I was aware of his plugins years ago but I did not have any audio setup to use them properly and also I wasn’t a big fan of VST Amps as they would tend to sound artificial. But this great guy’s plugins have completely changed my mind. I think they sound and feel great.

You can find LePou’s plugins here. I strongly recommend using his plugins along with his LeCab. It’s all FREE!!!

Reviewing VST Amps

I was actually going to record myself fiddling around with amp settings while actually playing the guitar. But it was kinda difficult. Because I needed to record my screen on my laptop with a dedicated software while I was pushing my system resources too hard for direct recording. I tried once and my laptop could not handle it. Instead, I have found a better and easier way to review software.

First I recorded some guitar parts in Cubase using the amp simulation I was to review with my favourite settings. Then I routed this channel to a blank audio channel in Cubase. And finally, I pressed record and fiddle around with amp’s settings in order to record the audio being modified real-time. (BTW, I had to adjust buffer size in order not to choke my CPU) Eventually, I exported modified audio as an MP3 file @320kbps and added this to the screen capture video.

LePou Lecto

As far as I know, it simulates a Recto by Mesa Boogie. I’ve never owned a real Mesa Boogie Recto amp and I think I will never be able to. In addition, I never liked Mesa sounds obtained by analogue or digital simulations of it. At first, I thought it would be the same with Lecto plugin but after a while, I started liking it. Of course, I needed to add some extras to it as it is done in real-world situations like using a Tube Screamer pedal as a boost in front of the amp. In this record, I used my Ibanez AR300RE loaded with Seymour Duncan’s JB/JAZZ set which goes straight into RME Babyface audio interface. I also used BTE Audio’s TSS (Tube Screamer VST) as a boost pedal. I tried to show every single detail of software I used in the video.

Here is Lecto review;

This is the 2nd video of LePou Plugins Review. Here, I gave Hybrit Amp a try, I also use BTE’s Audio TSS (Tube Screamer) VST as well in order to boost the amp.

I think Hybrit is a vintage Marshall simulation but I don’t know which model exactly. It sure does sound like a Marshall. In the upcoming review videos (including Lecto Review), I’ll be using “Death Magnetic” IR along with a Mesa IR captured with a condenser mic. But for Hybrit, I used a Marshall IR which I found on the internet recently. In addition, I used the same guitar which is Ibanez AR300RE loaded with Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB set along with RME Babyface audio interface.

Here is Hybrit Amp review;

In this video, I’ll be reviewing Le456 briefly which is a simulation of ENGL amps. This amp is great! At first, I didn’t like it and my favourite one was Legion, but when I started adjusting everything randomly, I came up with many great tones. This amp sounds so aggressive. I strongly recommend this VST.

Here is Le456 review;

This amp is called Lextac which reminds me a Bogner model. I think this amp can produce really useful clean tones along with creamy crunch tones and super thick but still clear guitar sounds.

Here is Lextac review;

This VST amp is called Legion which is, according to LePou’s website, an original design. Legion has been my favourite, but as I mentioned I’ve started liking Le456 as well. This amp sounds so tight. Even though I have only very small PC speakers, when I turn up the volume, the tight end really kicks in!

Here is Legion review;

In this video, I’ll be playing with SoloC Head. Name of the amp and its GUI clearly points that it simulates a Soldano amp.

Again, I’ve never owned one but I know how it sounds after all of these reviews of the amp itself and the simulations of it. I think this model always sounds a bit harsh to me. But the key is to play with amp controls in order to obtain a usable tone.

I would prefer this amp if I was to play lots of riff with not much palm muting involved. I kinda like the way it sounds when I use open chords. Anyway, I don’t need to write here too much. It’s a great sounding and feeling FREE VST Amp!

Here is SoloC Head review;