Hi I’m Ola and today I’m checking out
the new Bias Amp 2 plugin from Positive Grid Song *Feared – The Mare* Now I made a video of the original Bias
plug-in about three years ago and now Positive Grid has released a new version
called Bias Amp 2. So what’s cool about the original Bias Amp is that you can
design your own amplifier modeler where you change out and configure the preamps, the tone stacks, poweramp, cab section and so on. A smorgasbord for the tweaking
nerd basically. Now in version 2 of Bias, Positive Grid has supposedly upped their
game and let’s see here I have a list: Improved dynamic touch response, improved low to mid gain tones, added tube types and amp packs, saturation control, bass guitar amp pack, teamed up with Celestion for cabinet impulse responses, new RTA frequency analyzing EQ, 100 new custom amps in the tonecloud, new amp match with automatic amp dialing after audio file. New amp match with automatic amp
dialing after audio file? What? Why is this feature listed last? This should be like the top feature for this plugin. Ok that got me kind of excited, I’m gonna
put this up to the test and try and see if Bias Amp 2 can amp match one of my
Satan tones from one of my Feared albums but let me start with hooking everything
up. So now I have everything hooked up, I have the Solar A1.6 ET Artist hooked up
into my Apollo 8. So I would say the interface looks very familiar.
You just click on the different parts here and just change whatever you
need to change and edit. You can also click here if you want to quickly change
between the different settings of the preamp or the parametric EQ, here you
have different tone stack that you can choose from, power amp, transformer,
cabinet, parametric EQ, and the amp match. But obviously you can click on each and
every one of these and you have the full-fledged
editing possibilities. So up here you have the tonecloud and
this is where you would find already made amp models
uploaded by other users. Here you have Allan Marcus, a good friend of mine,
and that’s me! Let’s click! Rectomatch, this is the preset I made for
the first Bias desktop video. This is really loud. Too loud watch out! This is so loud that I nearly blew my speakers. Something is wrong with the preset… Something is wrong with the preset… So let me try out a couple of presets. Blues! That’s my thing! There you go! That’s blues for you! 69 Supra lead. High gain, British rock Monster! Guess that’s a Diezel. Metal: 5153… I really like this triple treadplate preset, So let me tweak it a little bit. So one thing
that Positive Grid added were two different preamp tubes so you have the
12ay7 and the 12bh7 which are supposed to be able to handle more gain. Oh look! The gain knob says 11. It’s just like that movie with the band and the Marshall stacks that go to 11… I think it was called the Matrix. Yeah that sounds awesome. There are
so many parameters to change here let’s just go to the tone stack section. So
this is basically the bass, middle and the treble of an amplifier and obviously
depending on which type of amp the bass, middle and treble are located in
different frequencies. So let’s try this one Power Amp section! And here we have
new power and tubes as well, I think the 6550 and the kt88 are new… Nice! We’re getting somewhere guys! Awesome! Transformer: British style, American style,
I guess it’s Marshall or Mesa in this case. Dynamic tone. Okay it became a less dynamic… Rectifier type. Hard and soft. Soft… okay Cool! Then we have the cabinet
section and obviously as you can see you have a bunch of different speakers to
choose from and you also have different microphones so you can choose between
the sm57 and the c-1,3 you see there okay So you can change between them and then just change the placement Yeah sounds good! So Positive Grid has teamed up with Celestion for Bias Amp 2. You
can check out different cabinets with different classic Celestion speakers.
Let’s check out some modern vintage, Neo-creamback! Okay let’s try that! That’s pretty cool! IR loader: you can
upload your own impulse responses and I have already done this. So there you have that! Okay let me save this real quick. Save as new… Metal Ola tread… Ola makes… tonna sense. Good Now we’re coming to the part that makes me really
excited and that is the amp match part now supposedly Bias Amp can profile or
match an already existing audio file of guitar. I have so many of them from my previous Feared albums and the Haunted.
Amp Match 1 out of 3 Prepare the audio! I have a real amp or
I have a solo guitar track. I HAVE A SOLO GUITAR TRACK. NEXT! Click the Browse file. I have prepared a file. FUROR! Start capture! Coffee break! Alright it’s complete! Next Connect your guitar to the input of your audio interface. Oh how convenient
because my guitar is already plugged in Capture the sound of your instrument. Start capture. Complete Enter preset Name. Fresh… Great name Ola Okay here we go Let’s listen to the original file. And then the amp match. Okay so obviously the clip of the audio
signal was recorded with a seven string and this is a six string so that’s a bit
of a difference there but otherwise I think it sounds close.
So let me tweak this real quick. Let’s go for the super gainy preamp tube. We’re getting there… That sounds killer. Let’s bring some
of that bass back. BARK yeah that sounds awesome to be honest! So one thing here that I can immediately tell and what I consider
what makes or breaks an amp modeler, whether it’s a hardware unit or a plugin,
is how the high-end sounds for distorted sounds and with a lot of modelers the
high-end is where you can hear if it’s modeled good or not. Usually the high-end becomes very flat in some cases but here in Bias Amp 2 it actually sounds
genuine for a modeler. The impulse response used makes a big
difference but how the different knobs respond, makes a lot of sense.
What I’ve done here, and it didn’t really take that long for me to hook this up, it
sounds awesome. With that said I must say that the absolute winner for the
plugin is the amp matching segment now this is what I think will be the real
selling point for Bias Amp 2. It makes it really easy to match an already
recorded signal or your amplifier and you don’t have to tweak that much
afterwards to get close to the reference sound. I must say well done Positive
Grid! I’ll upload these presets made in this video to the tonecloud. And if you
want to know what I’m using to record these videos, check the description down
below Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel. Leave a comment! Thank you so much for watching and *bark* off


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