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Anyone use a Tube Preamp infront of the DI box w/ Helix Native? Whether it be a studio grade Mic Pre or All Tube Guitar Pre, altho I'm more interested in the later....

 

I was reading how it can really improve the realism of the Amp Sim.

 

What has your experience been?

 

Thanks.

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On 3/28/2022 at 8:51 PM, adam79 said:

Anyone use a Tube Preamp infront of the DI box w/ Helix Native? Whether it be a studio grade Mic Pre or All Tube Guitar Pre, altho I'm more interested in the later....

 

I was reading how it can really improve the realism of the Amp Sim.

 

What has your experience been?

 

Thanks.

 

99.97% of the time it's nothing more than confirmation bias. Lifelong tube snobs will inevitably conclude that the results are infinitely better with a tube preamp in front of everything, because they've been worshiping at that altar since day one, and they desperately want it to be the "truth"... so before they've ever played a note and tested it out, they already "know" what the results are gonna be. Quitting smoking is easier than forsaking the Gospel According to Tubes... trust me, I've done both...;)

 

But when push comes to shove, I'd bet money that you couldn't tell the difference in a blind taste test... with the exception of the handful of true "golden eared" producers/engineers out there in the world, most of us couldn't...and that includes me.

 

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