Hunter’s Ampex Ecosystems

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

The story

My great grandfather passed before I could really say I knew him, but he left behind a 1950’s Ampex reel-to-reel machine that 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
Droplets
Festering Thrums
Iridescence
Serrated Neon
Sunspots
Thunderstep
Volt-Hammer

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  • I absolutely love it.

    Such raw character, I just wish we had more notes available, but it`s hauntingly beautiful.

    f4x406 December 2021
  • A Beast... That is all...

    This was one of the first things I downloaded on PB, I'm not sure why its taken me so long to review it, as it quickly became one fo my favourite instruments here. This instrument is really easy to implement into a track and can add a lot of texture and colour to your music. Amongst the other great patches included, the gnarly bass notes from 'Thunderstep' have been one of my go to sounds, and the percussive elements in the 'Volt Hammer' patch give you all of those Trent Reznor-esque industrial sounds. This is simply one of PB's best

    R.Treves01 November 2021
  • Filthy Gorgeous

    Five Stars all the way. Top quality dirty guitar atmospheres with lots of tweakability. Just add splosh

    Jim Sanger28 December 2021
  • New Dark Ambient favorite

    Absolutely loved the sounds, really great for scoring or for adding an extra edge to industrial/dark ambient pieces. The lovely GUI just adds the icing on the cake of a great instrument. Bravo!

    Dan Castellanos08 March 2022
  • This could easily be a premium instrument

    I found myself playing with this way too much... Bravo! I especially love the Sunspots patch, but I can see the other patches working either alone or together to create incredible soundscapes. Also I need to pinpoint that the GUI has some phenomenal work on it. Everything is fully custom and even the knobs have proper lighting on them. Absolutely incredible job. An easy 5 stars from me. Cheers!

    Alex Raptakis15 October 2021
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