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Looking for some help getting started? Or, just need a little inspiration? Check out top mixIR recipes submitted and ranked by RedWirez users. Check out the full listing in our Top Tones section. Tap into the buzz.
Ok, you probably have some questions. Well we've got answers.|
Can I try your products?
Yes! You can. Folks have been asking for a demo cab for a while now. So, in honor of our one year "birthday" we're releasing a free version of our celebrated Marshall 1960A with Celestion G12Ms. Of course, the paid version has a several more mics and some extra goodies, but this is the real deal, not some crippled demo. We really want you to hear what people are raving about.
And one more thing. Yeah, it may sound like a cheesy infomercial pitch, but we offer a money-back guarantee on our IRs. We think it's better than offering a crippled demo, primarily because one of the benefits of the our IR library, besides the quality, is the sheer number of choices you have to dial in the sound you want. A scaled back demo simply would not reflect that. So, if you buy one of our libraries and try them for 14 days and don't want to use them any more, then delete them and shoot us an email (the address is on the Support page) with your paypal receipt (we have to have that for record keeping purposes) and we will give you a full refund. We think once you try them you won't want to give them up.
Who are you guys?
At RedWirez, we're unabashed audio geeks and our life's mission besides watching old Farscape reruns and playing the "Live from Abbey Road Drinking Game" every third Friday (ok, maybe we're just plain geeks) is to bring our extensive collection of gear and our giant pulsating brains (we named them Paul and Ringo and keep them in a jar by the door), to bear on improving the recordings of home and project studios everywhere.
What do y'all do?
First stop on the road to affordable audio nirvana -- we've captured the essence of some classic speaker, cabinet, and mic combinations run through some legendary gear and made it available to you as an ever growing collection of high-quality impulse responses for use in your own recordings.
What's an impulse response?
"What's an impulse response?", you ask. Only your key to unleashing killer guitar tones at any volume. Finally, you can give the neighbors some other reason to call the cops.
For the technical among us, an impulse response (or "IR") realistically captures the characteristics, both in frequency and time, of an entire signal chain, including the sampled speaker, the microphone, the room it's in, the power amp, preamp -- even the A/D converters. Put another way, it'll capture the unique frequency curve of the speaker, any phase smearing inherent in the mechanical operation of the speaker, any cabinet resonance, the frequency response and resonance of the mic, the sound of the room, and any frequency or phase related coloration introduced by the power amp, preamp, and converters and apply that captured sound to any audio you pass through it... or so our even geekier friends tell us.
How do I use an impulse response?
Basically, you load one of our impulse responses into a convolution plugin like our mixIR2 or hardware device that can load IRs and route your guitar signal through it. The signal can come from your amp's preamp, the line out on your amp, a guitar DI box, or a dummy load box with a line out to safely get the direct signal from the power amp. And voila, out comes the sound of your guitar played through a well-mic'ed speaker cabinet, in an acoustically treated live room, run through a Neve 1073, a preamp expensive enough that your wife will probably divorce you if you buy one yourself -- and all without disturbing the neighbors. Will it sound exactly the same as the actual setup captured by the impulse response? Not completely. It'll be missing the non-linear stuff like distortion (many would agree this is a good thing), but it's really, REALLY close.
Check out our Tutorials section for a more detail on the topic of using our IRs.
Can I use them with [ Insert amp modeler here ]?
Yes. Just bypass the cabinet simulation and put a convolution plugin with one of our IRs in the effects chain right after the amp sim plugin, or on the input track in the case of hardware modelers (see the Tutorials section for details). Some sims, like Revalver allow you to load your own IRs. Using our IRs will give you a more varied sonic pallette to choose from when dialing in your unique tone and in the case of some well-known hardware units, it will give your sound a more realistic sense of space and lots more options.
Did your momma drop you on your head as a child?
Uh... no... well, just that once. Why do you ask?
Ok, I'm sold, whatcha got for me?
We've taken our efforts to compile the universe's most flexible and complete library of speaker impulses in two different directions, so we've created a couple collections to reflect that. Our Speakerbox series takes a minimalist approach to capturing the sound of some classic speaker/mic combinations, while the BIGBox series captures the tone shaping aspects of some legendary speaker cabinets. Check 'em out.
Thanks for your time and patronage.
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