|For this review I will
be discussing the Marshall version of the Dynatube plug-in, although it
should be noted that if you own more than one model of the Dynatube
range (four in total) that you will be able to mix and match the amp
heads and cabinets. It would be possible for example to run a
Marshall amp through the Mesa Boogie cabinet etc.
In order to get the best sound out
of a Dynatube rig, the manual suggests that you should use a line
level or pre-amplified signal from your analog inputs rather than
plugging in the guitar direct. For my purposes I found that excellent
results could be achieved by pre-amplifying my guitar through a Digitech ValveFX unit, and applying effects at this stage rather than
later on in Scope. However, it is quite feasible to record your
guitar dry and apply Dynatube plus Scope effects later on.
Whilst this approach has the advantage of being able to tweak the amp
and cabinet sound later on, recording with Dynatube means that you can
remove the Dynatube from your project and use the DSP power for some
Another advantage of using
Dynatube is that it's designed to get greater distortion at lower
volumes, so you do not have to crank the volume as high as you would
on a real amplifier.
Another addition to the Dynatube
over a real amp is the 'Distance' knob which simulates the distance of
the microphone from the cabinet, allowing for a variation between near
field and far field tones.
All in all the Dynatube can add a
fantastic live crunch to otherwise boring DI guitar tones and is of
great convenience over using real amps: volume, space and expense wise.