This past week, I had purchased the Studio One Ampire Metal Pack. For only $29.95, It comes with 6 new guitar amp models, a new bass cab, a new drum kit for Impact and tons of great presets. Personally, I prefer the sound of a real amp and never have used a guitar amp simulator in a real recording. I have only used them for scratch tracks and practice. That said, I am highly impressed with the Ampire Metal Pack, it sounds like a real amp more so than the modelers I've used in the past.
To start, there are a few new amp models: Metal Clean, High Gain (my favorite), Angel Power, Metal American, Metal German and Gain Horse. The High Gain head in combination with the 4x12 Metal American cabinet sounded like the bands I like and sounded the closest to my amp. What's really nice is that you still get all of the pedal effects. I like to crank the tube driver along with the amp to get some really heavy tones. The bass cab modelling also sounds great. I just scrolled through the presets and chose the one I liked best. I can honestly say that all of them were incredible.
I never use drum samples, but it came with the pack, so I figured I would include it in the samples. I can actually see these being very helpful to blend with a drum. Hundreds of engineers and producers are doing that on a daily basis. It's pretty cool that PreSonus included some really punchy and snappy samples for such a low-priced pack.
My band, Shield the Survivors, is working a a few demos. I recorded these drums live (did not quantize them yet) and plugged in the guitars directly to the interface. I sampled each of the drums completely for this example (not blending) so that you get an idea of what just the samples can do for you. There are real cymbals and room mics in the recording though. I did not use any EQ on the guitars or bass other than what is in the Ampire plugin. Check it out!
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