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Old 17-04-2015, 01:04 AM   #1
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Question Dissertation help

Hey guys. So I'm growing up and all and coming to the end of my undergrad degree and doing a dissertation and I decided to do it on the
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Unfortunately I've been a mug and couldn't decide on what to write a dissertation on at the beginning of the year and have left it till 3 weeks before so that's a fuck up on my part

First of all can anyone point me in the direction of some good articles about modelling/profiling. Doesn't matter if they're recent or old-ish, in a way I'd quite like one from ten years ago. I'm planning on chatting in my lit review about a bunch of stuff from modelling amplifiers to DAW plugins that emulatehardware etc. That strain of stuff. If anyone knows any good ones that they can point me towards that'd be ace
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Whats your argument? Surely something about simulation (profiling) v authenticity?

If so, look up Simulation & Simulacra by Baudrillard. Base it around that book but relate it to your amp. Look up things around people using profiling/amp sims, speak about the kenpers forerunners (line 6, axe fx etc).

I wrote mine in 3 weeks on Guitar Hero in the same vein (simulation v reality) and got an A.
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Whats your argument? Surely something about simulation (profiling) v authenticity?



If so, look up Simulation & Simulacra by Baudrillard. Base it around that book but relate it to your amp. Look up things around people using profiling/amp sims, speak about the kenpers forerunners (line 6, axe fx etc).



I wrote mine in 3 weeks on Guitar Hero in the same vein (simulation v reality) and got an A.

Cheers, this is the exact kind of stuff I'm looking for
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Propellerhead had a really cool article on physical modelling on their blog but I can't find it anymore
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Conclusion could be along the lines that simulation will never replace traditional amplification wholesale, but the lines have been blurred sufficiently where major artists are increasingly embracing profiling over true amplification, quoting examples
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Also curently pondering over my experiment. Obviously I'll want to profile an amp(s?) and compare the profile to the original. Considering doing a blind A/B test with a bunch of listeners, but also wondering if anyone knows if there's a freq analyser that can map two separate responses on the same graph if that makes sense?So it mesures the response of the Kemper and the original on the same chart
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How do you mean? Can't you just take the one with wider frequency and gain range and map the other one on top of it?
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Also curently pondering over my experiment. Obviously I'll want to profile an amp(s?) and compare the profile to the original. Considering doing a blind A/B test with a bunch of listeners, but also wondering if anyone knows if there's a freq analyser that can map two separate responses on the same graph if that makes sense?So it mesures the response of the Kemper and the original on the same chart

Could get an oscilloscope i guess.

Or - do both. Blind tests, with a questionnaire. Probably the cheapest & fastest way to test it out.

Have at least one of the participants be a musician (accomplished, preferably)
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Mmhmm. All dat report format. Yum Latex is worth it.

Best thing for comparing would be an oscilloscope and do frequency tests for both. A blind test with people would be good too to see how that whole concept plays on people.

Totally interested with how this goes...
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Perhaps in your blind test, don't ask which one people think is the original (this would require people with the ability to discern the two), but instead ask which one people think sounds better. I know it sounds silly but so often you see blind tests where they ask which one is the original and they fail because musicians claim to hear the 'mistakes' of a real amp. I think a straight quality question would bring up the debate of do people value perfection over genuineness.

Of course, I'm not the one doing the dissertation.
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Perhaps in your blind test, don't ask which one people think is the original (this would require people with the ability to discern the two), but instead ask which one people think sounds better. I know it sounds silly but so often you see blind tests where they ask which one is the original and they fail because musicians claim to hear the 'mistakes' of a real amp. I think a straight quality question would bring up the debate of do people value perfection over genuineness.

Of course, I'm not the one doing the dissertation.

Nah that's a good idea

The one thing I'm concerned about is that I've been a twat and left it too late so in a way wanna keep it as simple as I can while still getting a decent grade. I feel like I'd almost be opening a new can of worms if I went down that route but will try incorporate it
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Old 25-04-2015, 02:21 AM   #14
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What's generally considered the best software/plugin for amp modelling, opinions?

Preferably one that can be easily, ahem, acquired.
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