IR cabs can lose some of the “live” feel no matter what equipment or how you place a mic, it
will always be like that it is a simple matter of physics. So, what Cab Enhancer does is place back some of that live ‘feel’, so to speak.
In Terms of Cab IR
To Illustrate how the CabShaper will help out, we’ll use the example
of a snare drum. When you hit
a snare drum hard or soft the sound of that snare drum changes with the velocity of the strike. These tonal changes occur with speakers too, albeit to a lesser degree. So, it is these tonal/resonant changes that are missing from an IR file. Use of our new EAR(Enhanced Audio Resonance) technology attempts to put them back in.
This loss, on the other hand, does not occur when you are recording with mic’d amps. EAR Reads how hard or soft you are playing and resonates certain frequencies based on speaker type. Unfortunately, we are still defining speaker sizes with it, but in future versions of EAR you will be able to select your speaker type and size from a list. So for this version, we’ll ask that you simply turn the dials until you like the sound…
In Terms of Live Mic’d Cabs
You could use a small amount of EAR to enhance the punchiness, but using too much of it in this scenario will not help. What CabEnhancer does in this regard is allow you access to an extra EQ and 2 filters, plus a widener – so it doesn’t perform any type of “magic” but does contain the tools required to better craft your sound, including a noise gate. One of the filters could also be used as a hiss eliminator, and then you could use the EQ to boost
the high end that was removed from the Filter.
As a Cab Emulator
This is almost identical to the previous version
of CabShaper, but with enhanced low end rumble. The EAR and Filters can also be used with this as you would when using Cab Enhancer with an Impulse Response file.