50 amps – tailored for electric blues guitar
||Requires Toontrack EZmix 2 effects plug-in
When blues guitar shifted from primarily acoustic to electric in the post-war 1950s USA, it was the beginning of a revolution. Since then, nothing has been more influential on the development of guitar-driven music than the blues. Pioneers like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed not only paved the way for music where an instrument can carry as much of a voice as a vocal, but the twang of their amplified chords also laid the groundwork to an industry. Needless to say, we owe a lot to the blues – not least the guitar hero.
The Blues Guitars EZmix Pack picks up on this legacy and sets out to capture the essence of electric blues guitar from then through now. Crafted by Ulf Edlund, Toontrack sound designer, guitar collector and longtime amp aficionado, this collection was carefully sculpted to emulate several classic amps, speakers and stomp boxes. Expect anything from the raw and dirty tones of the 1950s and the British blues boom of the 1960s to the hi-gain clarity of today.
With six decades worth of source material and inspiration, this this is arguably the most genuine source of blues guitar ever captured in digital form. All you need now is a riff. Get your guitar out!
- 50 guitar tones tailored for blues music
- Based on amp, speaker and stomp box modulations
- Rhythm, lead and clean tones
Ever wondered what goes into making an EZMix 2 Preset Pack? Blues Guitars creator Ulf Edlund explains...
"A guitar amp simulation preset in EZmix 2 is an emulation of a complete signal chain that resembles a guitar rig that has been miced up in the studio – from guitar to cabinet via stomp boxes and various chains of effects. For inspiration, I either go for a specific sound from a song, album or a certain player. I can also find something that inspires me in the selection of amp models I have available to choose from.
When I have put together the “rig” that I’m going for, I play it and make sure it reacts to my playing the way I expect it to. A guitar tone is not only what you hear when you listen to it, it’s also to a great extent what you feel when you are playing.
At my disposal, I have models of dozens of the most used amplifiers and effects as well as a huge selection of emulated speakers. I can also create my own impulse responses of speakers, so our library of speaker emulations is constantly growing.
Once I am happy with the response and overall tone, I need to determine what parameters I want to be able to control with the two knobs in EZmix 2. I define the maximum and minimum values for all of them, which in the end allows the user to dial in the amount of saturation for all involved parameters of this specific tone. For example, a knob labelled “Punch” or “Edge” can control ten or more different parameters. It’s a time-consuming process, but well worth it!"