Welcome to my amp modelers review thread. This post is currently under construction, so expect revision as I think of more to add to it. First, I'll explain briefly what's going on here and how to navigate the thread (though it's pretty self-explanatory, really).
I enjoy reviewing gear, and I am currently very deep into software amp and effects modelers. My current collection is as follows, alphabetically by manufacturer, but I am always looking to add more to the comparative reviews:
Drum Library Studio Pack
Drum Library Rock 2: Alternative, Soft
Amplitube: Jimi Hendrix
Ampeg SVX (powered by Amplitube)
Guitar Rig 3
Rig Kontrol 3 interface
Virtual Guitar Amp
Virtual Bass Amp
Feel free to browse the whole thread at your leisure, as there is plenty of discussion and lots of clips of different things throughout, but the second post (right below this one, that is) will be updated every time I post a substantial new review, comparison, or article; or, if there is some particularly interesting discussion. If you only want to read the most in-depth stuff in the thread, the second post's links should help you out.
I will be doing reviews in two main styles. At the beginning, especially, I will be doing comparison reviews or shoot-outs between the software at my disposal. As the thread progresses, I will start doing more "showcase" reviews where I am able to use the same amount of focused attention and review space to look into one particular aspect, feature, or even a particular model in a given program. Shootouts will be informative and hopefully useful because they give you the opportunity to hear the competing software side-by-side. I promise never to short-change any software. I will spend the same time and use the same care in crafting a patch for every program that I use, so the end result reflects my best effort at getting a particular sound from each program. This is so that none of the programs has the decked stacked unfairly for or against it at the outset - what use would that be to me or to anyone else? Showcases, because of the in-depth and one-at-a-time nature of the format, will feature more clips as I try to demonstrate the range of sounds or functions that a particular thing in a given program can do. In order to keep things fair in that format, I will rotate showcase reviews so that no manufacturer gets to go again before the other ones have gone.
I don't think that there's any such thing as an objective assessment of tone, but I will still offer my thoughts on the process and product of modeling as I go. I love posting clips because it gives a chance for your ears to let you decide for yourself. We've all read the reviews in certain publications which seem unnaturally glowing, as though every product that comes in the door is just the most incredible thing that they've ever had their hands on. I think if we had the opportunity to use our ears to balance out those reviews, we'd get a much better picture of what's actually going on with the product. To that end, you can choose how much weight you give to what I say or think about these programs as I go, but please know that I am making every effort to make good sounding clips regardless of which software I'm using. Whether or not you put stock in what I say, it's my hope that the clips I post will tell as much of a story and be at least as useful in what you take away from a review.
Of course I have other commitments in my life which will limit how often I can post these reviews, but generally I intend to get at least one substantial review done per week, and two if I'm able. I have been working faster than that up until now, but with my final semester of college (as an undergraduate, anyway) getting underway soon, I'll necessarily be focusing more of my free time on the things in life which demand the most of my attention: spending time with my wife, doing research for and writing my thesis, and spending time with my family. But I am willing to commit myself now to the promise of at least one review per week.
Thanks for coming, and please feel free to post any comments, questions, or suggestions you have. I do this because I greatly enjoy it, and part of that enjoyment is interacting with you guys in a fun and productive, give-and-take way. That's why I love doing these reviews in a forum instead of on a blog or for an online publication. I feel like this is the best venue for really getting deep into a product or products and keeping the actual desires of the community in mind. Let me know if there's anything I can do better!