Hunter’s Ampex Ecosystems

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.

Included Patches:
Ash Clouds
Festering Thrums
Serrated Neon


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One Of The Best!

5.0 rating
July 25, 2021

I believe this is one of the best instruments of the amazing Pianobook and it was very inspiring to me!
Thank you so much, Hunter!

Sahand Zangeneh


5.0 rating
May 22, 2021

Such a wonderful creatives sounds. Truly inspiring
Thank you!



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April 13, 2021

Really amazing contribution! This is such a fun collection of sounds, love the grit! Thank you!

Brooke Blair


5.0 rating
March 31, 2021

Dear Hunter,
what a great great contribution for us! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful Ecosystem. I’m currently writing music for a dark history documentary and stumbled upon your instrument. It sounds fantastic, cinematic and absolutely brilliant! Thanks a lot!!

Smörre Ziegler


5.0 rating
March 23, 2021

Really great work

Brian Naas


Cinematic guitar patches created with a 1950’s Ampex reel-to-reel machine.

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