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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14866

That is great news. Looking forward to getting a top quality Vox sound.
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14868

Sounds awesome, can't wait.

Maybe some mono or stereo room or boundary mic IR's from your new room for S-gear 3 ? :)

Merry christmas Mike and everyone here
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14869

Sounds wonderful. Looking forward to the New Year and more SGear.

Thanks for the terrific amp sim, Mike. Still the best imho.

Merry Christmas to all
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14870

Great news Mike. Looks like you've been working on very interesting things.

I just finished setting up our rehearsal configuration in Logic Pro X: 5 vocals, MIDI drums, 2 keyboards and 5 software instrument tracks, two electric guitars using different S-Gear amps (Wayfarer and Duke) with Logic Pro X pedalboard in front of S-Gear, and bass (using Cerberus bass amp - get this, its fantastic).

Using two FCB1010s with UNO chips to control the guitars. Took a lot of MIDI control surface programming, but I got it.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 interface into a MacBook Pro. Code49 and Keystation Pro 88 for keyboard controllers. All software instruments are straight from Logic. Logic is used as a digital mixer, and of course can record all these instruments in separate tracks for future use. Using a headphone amplifier and headphones to keep the noise down.

Very happy with the results. Since its quite in the room, and doesn't take up that much space, we have more rehearsal options now. And its actually easier to hear everything. This is also a step to moving the band to IEMs so we can reduce stage volume. Drums are the only problem.
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14872

Hey Mike! Great news!!!

All the best on holidays and new years eve...

To be honest the thing a like the most is those pictures... LOL... i don't know why but i love to see some cool amp pictures... development process is nice!!

hope to get these goodies soon !!! :gripped:
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14877

mike wrote:

Happy Christmas everyone look out for a New Year newsletter with an S-GEAR update to include this new cabinet
Mike
Well, that's GREAT news, Mike! I hoped you'd do something like this, and as with everything else, you've never failed to way-out-there over-deliver the greatest product of its kind on the market, and make me feel even prouder of being one of the earliest adopters.

But, you've always been and still are the biggest tease I've ever known, bare none! :P

Happy Holidays for you and family! :thumbs up: B)

PS: the offer of sending you my Zendrive clone to your OD research is still on, Mike. Just say the word, I'd be happy to oblige. ;)

Yours very truly,
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14879

Yeah! Good news. I'm not the biggest Vox fan, but I love to hear progress is going good. Maybe Mike can change my mind on the Vox. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14880

mike wrote:

I recently took some AC30 impulse measurements in the new studio room using the best of the four original vintage Celestion blues. Interestingly all four of the speakers sounded a little different in isolation, all very good, so it was difficult to choose the best. Anyhow, look out for a New Year newsletter with an S-GEAR update to include this new cabinet. The cab sounds brilliant with all existing S-GEAR amps and gives you a great palette of new sounds to play with.

For anyone coming late to this thread, we are talking about new Cabinet impulses ! (for the time being).

Cheers,
Mike
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14882

I would love to see some pics of your room. Acoustic treatment is something I'm lacking, and rely on ARC 2 to help me with my room.
Any S-Gear IRs are very welcome. Hopefully a few 4X12's will come in time. I've been very impressed with the Scuffham IRs.
Maybe someday you will consider selling a pack of your cab wav files to be used in our hardware modeler of choice?
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14885

LtKojak wrote:

PS: the offer of sending you my Zendrive clone to your OD research is still on, Mike. Just say the word, I'd be happy to oblige. ;)

I have an Earthquaker Devices Talons overdrive pedal that I'd be willing to send in for research purposes as well. It's an amazingly versatile medium to high gain overdrive with an active 3-band EQ and presence control.

Great demos of it:



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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 8 months ago #14900

I'm happy for the Vox but I would much prefer a high gain amp or DriveThing to have taken precedence over this as S-Gear already does clean and crunch tones remarkably well.
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 5 months ago #15670

Is SGear Scuffham on Musikmesse?
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 5 months ago #15672

jeffreyapollobeach wrote:

Is SGear Scuffham on Musikmesse?

Hi there, no we are not exhibiting at Musikmesse this year.

Actually I did pop into the show yesterday and was quite shocked to see how diminished the show has become for guitar and bass. Several of the big names were absent. Very sad because Musikmesse used to be such a vibrant and important event. I don't know the full reasons for the decline, I don't believe it is a reflection of the state of the industry because the NAMM show is booming.

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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 2 years 5 months ago #15677

mike wrote:

[Hi there, no we are not exhibiting at Musikmesse this year.

Very sad because Musikmesse used to be such a vibrant and important event. I don't know the full reasons for the decline, I don't believe it is a reflection of the state of the industry
Mike, I think the reason many of the big names didn't go to Misikmesse this year is the same one keeping you away: too much to invest for having nothing NEW to show.

I'm positive the next version of S-Gear with the new underlying architecture will open with a bang! However, in your area specifically, the competition is getting tougher and more numerous by the minute, I'm afraid. You're practically forced to come up with the goods, AND rather sooner than later, I may add. No pressure! ;)
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 1 year 9 months ago #17427

One year and one week have passed since you posted the OP.

Mike, are you in the position of tell us a little bit more what is awaiting for the users in the (I hope near) future?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

Yours very truly,
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 1 year 9 months ago #17430

You all know how I feel about Mike's work and the magic he's produced in S-Gear. And I'm sure the investment in reducing technical debt and producing a sustainable technical architecture will be well worth the effort in what comes next, how often updates are provided, and what they contain.

However, maybe we're being a but unfair to Mike, or expecting too much. The world of pre and post-amp effects is rich and widely variable. It might be unrealistic to expect one vendor to produce them all, along with the amps and cabs.

What would be ideal is if S-Gear standalone supported VST/AU plugs and flexible routing, then we can use plugins from others. Even better would be if Mike could partner with someone to provide a pedalboard with a consistent set of high-value effect plugins having consistent UI and MIDI mapping capability.

BIAS FX is actually a reasonable model for this. But the UI doesn't scale that well for a lot of complex parameters. Helix Native is a bit better in this regard. Simplifying the UI to show name value pairs with hover help to provide guidance on the parameters makes better use of the computer and uncluttered the display. Looking cool and being easy to use often competing goals. A balance of good plugin/amp icons that are easily recognizable, with a separate properties view for the selected item is a good compromise.

Look at what the systems modeling tools do. Something similar would work well for a standalone amp platform. A browser for sets/songs/sections, a details view, and a graphic view with plugin icons and routing would be really nice.
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 1 year 9 months ago #17433

I think what you are right on many things. Many companies offers all in one software solution. I have them all and I do not use them.


However I use S Gear with several plug-ins of my choices (Not a lot) mainly because for me S Gear amps are superior. All the other effects not included in S Gear can be added from other companies.

Since I use Logic X I have all the flexibility I need. However I can understand somebody in needs of a solution that could let them use other plug-ins within the S Gera environment. I also unserstand that Mike could use other companies software for effects he won't have to develop. This would probably give him more time to work on amps and the core of the system.

However all this being said. Add a Overdrive/ distortion thing and may be a compressor and you would have a lot of users happy. Even in this version. Then you add a High Gain amp and a Vox amp and an other bunch of users would be happy.

At the end if you read forums about software amp and effects solutions nothing ids perfect. Most users will have several of them. If they like something in a particular software they will ask their prefered software developer to add the option they like in the other one.

That's life. Me i use what I like from other software with S Gear within Logic X and if nevr Mike comes with one of the thing I use from other software good. If not I think it is pretty cheap to get what you miss in a software compare to the analog world.

Just use the Stealer with THE SCREA'M from CYTOMIC and you can do A LOT of things Same thing with some compressor etc...


THis is why I can be patient....
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 1 year 9 months ago #17434

I just 'analyzed' Mike's original sentence about re-visiting the core technology. This means that the core technology can even be better than right now??!! :) I just cannot imagine what will come out of it. :)
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 1 year 9 months ago #17436

Yes, I agree that with a DAW like Logic Pro X or performance software like MainStage you have the flexibility to create whatever routing you need to integrate S-Gear with plugins from others. I’ve had very good luck using Reaper for this too. And its nice to have the choice. But its hard to find a consistent set of plugins with consistent plugin UI that covers the (guitar) compressor, Wah, drive, overdrive, distortion, phaser, Uni-Vibe, Octavia, etc. effects that typical go in front of the amp. Helix Native provides all these plugins and the quality is great. But its expensive unless you already havre a Helix. BIAS FX provides a good selection of plugins, but I don’t find the quality there and havre stopped using them. Amplitube 4 has some nice effects, but I don’t care for their interface and licensing approach - too complicated.

I’ve settled on Helix Native in front of S-Gear for recording. But it would be nice to have more flexible graphic routing of everything in one plugin.
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S-GEAR DEVELOPMENT STATUS 1 year 9 months ago #17437

I agree with you. I have been lucky and got the Helix Native for 99$ but honestly did not have time to really try it. Over the years I settle to some good plug-ins and being used to them I became lazy :-)

I made a kind of Go To Channel Strip in Logic X and start from there. I do not play professionaly nor have the needs to recreate an exact sound for projects so the amps iand effects in S Gear are perfect for me and I use different ovedrive or disrotion pedals to get the sound I need from the Stealer.

I am sure that whatever comes from Mike will be Stellar. I am also sure he follows carefully our comments and he will do his best to give us what we are asking.
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