New plug-in brings guitar amp sounds to Pro Tools, Avid, and VENUE systems 26/11/07
Digidesign tell us that their Eleven guitar amp emulation plug-in for Pro Tools, Avid, and Digidesign VENUE systems, previewed by us in October, is now available for purchase. They say that, providing access to a connoisseurâ€™s collection of vintage and modern amp sounds, Eleven sets a new standard in sound quality and tone-shaping flexibility for recording and live guitar amp sounds.
Digidesign Eleven offers a carefully selected emulations of modern amplifiers and speaker cabinets based on amps and cabinets from Vox, Fender, Marshall, Mesa/Boogie, and Soldano, as well as several custom Digidesign creations inspired by the most revered amplifier designs in the world. In order to achieve an unprecedented level of realism, Digidesign tell us that theydeveloped an innovative new approach to amp modelling, as well as consulted with some of the industryâ€™s leading guitar players, recording engineers, and music facilities.
Dusty DiMercurio, marketing manager for Eleven, told us, â€œOur â€œEleven really captures those subtle, yet immensely important nuances that make the guitar amp combos we cloned sound like the real thing. Eleven team really went the extra mile with this plug-in by including non-linear characteristics often overlooked in other amp-modelling solutionsâ€”things like power amp sag, speaker cone break-up, cabinet resonance, and ghost notes. The result of this painstaking attention to detail delivers what we feel is the most incredible and realistic digital guitar amp emulations weâ€™ve heard; itâ€™s something weâ€™re all very proud of here at Digidesign.â€�
Bobby Lombardi, product manager for Eleven, added, â€œEleven was a very exciting, and truly challenging project for our engineers. Just getting our hands on the amps we modelled was a real feat unto itself; we were very particular about making sure all the original ampsâ€™ components were intactâ€”with no modifications or deviations from the original design. From there we spent an enormous amount of time modelling every stage of the ampsâ€™ signal path.
The convolution-based speaker cabinets and mics, combined with innovative modelling techniques, really help give the plug-in its true-to-life sounds: we not only captured the cabinet resonance thatâ€™s unique to each amp and speaker combination, we also managed to model the speaker load and coupling with the power amp, and the natural cabinet resonance that happens when driving a speaker at different volumes. Elevenâ€™s response to each playerâ€™s individual style and playing techniques is pretty amazingâ€”itâ€™s uncanny how much it feels like youâ€™re playing through a real amp with this plug-in.â€�
Digidesign say that Eleven comes preloaded with a broad selection of great-sounding and easily accessible amp model configurations, and allows independent selection and bypass of the amp and micâ€™d cabinet models, enabling users to create a near-limitless palette of their own unique signature sounds. Pricing and Availability:
Eleven is available in two versionsâ€”Eleven and Eleven LE.
Eleven supports TDM, RTAS, and AudioSuite plug-in formats for use with Pro Tools|HD, ICON, and VENUE systems.
Eleven LE supports RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats for use with Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems.
UK Prices: Eleven Â£325 exc. VAT, Eleven LE Â£220 exc. VAT. More information: