- Jul 7, 2022
- Northern Virginia, USA
I know guitarists who use DSP to simulate the sound of old Hiwatts, Marshalls etc. and use a small, lightweight SS amp to save their backs lugging tube amps around.Case in point: you can easily simulate tube amps in a fairly convincing way using various DSP effects (the number of decent tube distortion VST plugins is massive, even for free)... but hardly anyone uses these.
If you really just wanted tube sound you can get it very cheap or free.
Yet, we have a disturbingly robust market for actual tube amps. I think the appeal is the tubes themselves. If it were anything else, cheaper solutions would have completely taken over ages ago.