One of the most impressive features of the Neural DSP Quad Cortex is its ability to capture the sonic essence and dynamic response of electric guitar amplifiers in greater detail than ever before. In this video, Guitar.com‘s Chief Editor Chris Vinnicombe puts this functionality to the test by attempting to replicate the ragged glory of Neil Young’s Fender 5E3 Deluxe tones, and channel Jimi Hendrix using a 1967 Marshall Super Bass.
To record the mic’d up amp tones, we used an Audio-Technica AT4081 active ribbon mic and also took a DI signal, which was then reamped through captures created using the same mic placement.
The guitars featured are a Gretsch G6129T-89 Vintage Select 89 Sparkle Jet with TV Jones Classic (neck) and Classic Plus (bridge) pickups, and a Novo Serus J with Fralin P-90s.
Although capturing fuzz pedals isn’t officially supported, we also threw in a curveball in the shape of an SM Octave Fuzz for the Hendrix-style lead tones. Any other effects you can hear in the tracks are plugins used in the DAW, the raw soundbites are unprocessed.
Follow Chris Vinnicombe on the Cortex Mobile app to try out the captures we created in this video for yourself.
Thanks to Vintage Tone Factory for the loan of the amps.
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