Distorted Guitar Sound with Pro Tools Eleven MKII Plugin
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Distorted Guitar Sound with Eleven MKII
Eleven MKII is the ultimate guitar tone and gear emulation solution included in Avid Pro Tools as one of their flagship stock plugins.
This plugin is capable of emulating the amplifier, cabinet and microphone you would have as part of your real guitar setup.
Today we are going to demonstrate how to obtain a heavy distorted guitar tone with this tool.
Let’s go ahead and do it!
- Open or create a new Pro Tools session:
For the purpose of this tutorial we have a Session that contains a single audio track with an electric guitar DI signal recorded to it.
Eleven MKII is designed to be added as a plugin (insert) on tracks that only contain DI signals.
2. Add “Eleven MKII” to the DI track as an insert:
The default amp that comes pre-loaded with Eleven MKII is not ideal for the sound we are looking for, so the first thing we need to change is the amp head.
The “82 Lead 800” is a clean sounding amp.
3. Change the amplifier head to the “82 Lead 800”:
Now we can tweak the parameters of the actual amplifier…
For a heavy distorted sound, we can try the following:
- Presence: 5
- Bass: 5
- Mid: 8
- Treble: 6
- Master: 6
- PreAmp: 7
4. Apply the previous settings to the amplifier head:
Now we can change the cabinet.
The “4×12 65W” cabinet goes well with the amplifier we currently have selected.
5. Select the “4×12 65W” Cabinet:
Last, but not least, we must select the proper microphone.
The default “Dyn 57” sounds really good, but we can make it even dirtier by selecting the Dyn 421.
6. Select the “Dyn 421” microphone:
The microphone position will remain ON axis to obtain maximum frequency response.
At this point the guitar tone should be very dirty, distorted and powerful. However, you are encouraged to keep experimenting with the plugin in order to improve your tone.
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