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Old 12-21-2016, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For the guitarists

I wanted to share a really sweet amp modeler with y'all; Bias by Positive Grid. Bias lets you create your own amp, by tweaking things like gain stages, level of distortion, tubes (preamp and power amp), transformer, cab, even mic placement. With the desktop version, you can tone match real amps as well. And on top of all of that, you can then upload or download these onto the "Tone Cloud" where others can download them. It also has a bunch of preset amps that all sound fantastic.

I've been using it on my iPhone for the last year or so, along with its partner app, Jamup. Jamup allows you to import your amps from Bias, and then throw on a bunch of effects pedals, like compressors, distortion/overdrive, delay, wah, etc. I freakin love it. It sounds absurdly good, as you can see from this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtaUNJTRzAo

That's before Bias came out, BTW.

This is how Bias sounds on its own:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_Bsa9JqDkw

I'd say, without any doubt, that the mobile version gives you best sounding tone available for under $300, and it has waaaay more flexibility since you can get a million different tones without having to buy a ton of real amps. The Bias app for iPhone (unfortunately not available for Android) is only $10, and Jamup is free (you can buy individual pedals for $2-3, or buy the Pro version for like $20 to get all of them. The free version does, however, come with a variety of pedals). Of course, you need an interface, which range from $50-$100 (I use the iRig 2). All in all, under $100 for a ridiculously great sounding amp sim. You could even play gigs with it, either running direct to the soundboard or with a powered speaker.

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I'm super excited, because after several months I finally managed to get my copy of Bias FX to run on my old PC without any latency. Bias FX (which is available on both desktop and iPad) does everything Jamup does and more. My favorite part is that it lets you run a dual signal path, allowing you to use 2 amps at once. I've been running the preset Dual Rec and a 5150 together and it sounds killer.

I know this sounds like a sales pitch, or that I'm sponsored or something. I'm not. I just wanted to share a program that I've come to love so completely, in the hopes that someone here likes it.

EDIT: I should also mention that it does waaay more than just high gain, metal sounds like the ones I've shown. Bias comes preloaded with everything from Fender Twin Reverbs, Marshall Plexis, Orange amps, etc. Anything that you could possibly want, it can do.
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How is the latency running this on an iphone? I love digital modelers but haven't found any plugins I can actually play while monitoring in real time.
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Thanks for the recommendation. I've downloaded the apps and will plug in my iRig 2 later


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How is the latency running this on an iphone? I love digital modelers but haven't found any plugins I can actually play while monitoring in real time.
It probably depends on the model of phone you're using. That said, my iPhone 5C runs it with no discernible latency whatsoever. There's an ultra low latency setting in Jamup to bring it down even further, but I've never felt a need.

I couldn't tell you an actual millisecond range, but like I said, there's no noticeable latency for me.
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