Hunter’s Ampex Ecosystems
My great grandfather passed before I could really say I knew him, but he left behind a 1950’s Ampex reel-to-reel machine than I use often. The tape component hardly functions, but the tube pre has a ferocious, noisy tone when pushed.
I set out to make a collection of cinematic guitar-ecosystems using this preamp’s fussy charm. I also didn’t quite want these patches to resemble guitar playing too closely, so I ended up dangling an EBow from a shoelace above the bridge pickup, scraping the strings with cutlery, and other similar tomfoolery.
Each of the patches includes four signals pannable and mixable via the GUI: two “clean” mic signals bypassing the Ampex 600 and the same two mic signals after being sent in to be dirtied by the Ampex 600. The mics themselves are Slate microphones modeled to emulate the Royer R-121 and the Telefunken 251e. These were placed on a Fender Deluxe VM cab.
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