Bias Amp 2 Settings Dilemma
I use Bias Amp 2 software on a regular basis to play guitar through my audio interface. I tweak a lot of settings while i run the plug-in, trying to find the "perfect" tone. Yesterday while playing a random question popped into my mind: " Is the default preset of the pre/power amp and trasformer section accurate to the real amps?"
By that i mean: are these (for example):
The actual settings that make the simulation as accurate as possible to the real deal or should i (for example) bypass the Pre and Post EQ of the Pre-Amp to get a more accurate, "not filtered" tone?:
I don't want a subjective opinion about it, i know that i can tweak the settings however i want to get a different response from the sim, what i want here is an objective answer about it. Is the actual "Default Preset" on the Pre/Power Amp and Transformer sections true to what the response and tone of the real amps are? (or at least as close as possible)
I really hope i got my point across with this question, i don't know how to paraphrase it better since i'm not an english native speaker.
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@sf I don't know if you've ever had the chance to compare multiple examples of older valve (tube) amp with different model/age etc valves (tubes) in them, but there can be significant differences. I used the be retail manager at GAK (large music store in the UK). I've had that opportunity more than once.
So, which one of maybe several options here have been modelled in the first place? We don't know. There is no 'one' definitive sound that a model can be absolutely accurate to. We will always be talking about some kind of approximation. We haven't even looked into mics, location of mics, environment the amp has been mic'd in etc etc.
Modelled amps (or any devices) will have a general character that achieves a job for you as a musician/sound engineer. Like some people will prefer to use an amp one way more than another, I've heard musicians prefer different companies models of the same unit.
In theory, one company could be better at the mathematical modelling part of the process, and another as servicing and/or choosing the units to be modelled beforehand, and that second part might end up making the bigger difference....
The quick version is, you can't really ever know the answer to your question with serious precision.
@broadkarnage Of course i'm not searching for a millimetric rappresentation of a specific model of a specific amp. That's virtually impossible because, as you say, there are a lot of variables: mic used, mic distance, amp model etc...What i'm really asking here is if the what so called "Default Preset" settings (Pre EQ, Low Cut Frequency, Bias Adjust etc...) on the (for example) preamp section are by default set to emulate or at least approximate to their best the sound of the real amp it's trying to portray instead of, just saying, enhance certain features or tonal quality of the amp sim. Maybe a developer/software engineer or at least someone who took part in the creation of Bias Amp 2 could answer this better...whatever...