How to add warmth to digital amp modelers: 5 must-try tricks for introducing presence, thickness and sparkle to your signal chain

Digital amp modelers
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Digital amp modelers are the future of live rigs. With the press of a footswitch, a fuzz-through-Marshall tone can seamlessly transform into a chorus-drenched Fender clean. The once-impossible task of swapping physical amps and pedalboards mid-song can now be effortlessly executed at the guitarist's command. 

However, one of the critiques lodged against digital units is the challenge of achieving the same sonic thickness and presence associated with valve amps. The subtle nuances, harmonic richness and sheer organic feel of analog circuitry is hard to mimic in the digital realm. 

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Joe Dean

Joe is a freelance writer with an affinity for all things noisy, and loves offset Fenders, Stratocasters, and hollowbodies. He plays jazz and improv residencies and is part of UK grunge outfit IOTA. Alongside his playing, Joe harbors an interest in production and sound design, which propeled him into specialized marketing, interviews, and blog content for electronic music outlets and developers like Slate + Ash. When not merging his love for the guitar with music journalism, Joe succumbs to his fuzz-tone addiction and continually expands his collection of music gear.