In a reddit ama, Tycho is asked: > "Are the spring reverb on songs like “Source” and the fuzz in “Division” coming from the Kemper? 2b. A couple years ago I saw you at Webster Hall in NYC, and Zac was playing through a Twin Reverb (or some Fender Amp). With the rest of the Awake tour, he was going DI, but are you now touring with the Kemper?" Tycho replies: > "The Kemper does not have spring reverb, but I used it extensively on Epoch. Source is Amplitube 3, which does have spring reverb. Although we have used the Twin for recording, we have never used it live. We always use either Guitar Rig or Amplitube live. That will be changing after this tour though. we are heading back to the studio to rebuild the live show from the ground up and the Kempers will be at the center of it."more
When I first tried Amplitube (version 2) I walked away unimpressed when comparing it to Peavey's Revalver (3) software. All of the good faith Peavey had built was dashed with Revalver IV, as the ability to pair preamps with different power amps was removed. I began to search for something else to get me where I wanted, and noticed Amplitube had moved to an À la carte format. I loaded it up locked in a tone, and deleted Revalver after about an hour. Solid heavy tones, shimmering cleans, and the added bonus of the Fender, Hendrix and Slash (and others) licenses on top of the ability to test any À la carte offering for three days before buying makes this my primary way to practice at home, where the 2x12 would lead to some angry neighbors.
We used amplitube almost exclusively on the first Foxes Have Holes record, and quite a bit on the second one. I really like the fender models, though they take a bit of EQ'ing to get the brittleness tamed. I think where software emulation really shines is as a slight lift under a less than ideal live amp sound