I am investigating the usage of the impulse response technique (IR) for the purpose of recording electric guitar in studio, since I do not like the tone of my existing cabinet that much. It is good enough for practise but not so much for recording.
First, I tried to load IR files using an IR loader VST in Reaper. This works in principle, however, I have not found IR files for the particular speaker cabinets in which I am interested. They are made by Engl.
Hence, I am now drawn towards a hardware solution, provided by said manufacturer. They offer an IR loader pedal, the Engl Cabloader. There are 2 ways of using it:
- the Caploader is integrated in the amp's effect loop along with optional other pedals (with a cabinet or loadbox connected to the amp),
- without an amp, the guitar signal would be running through optional pedals, then into the Cabloader
In both cases the signal runs from the Caploader via XLR to the audio interface.
Is it a good idea to use either of these two pedal setups for recording, meaning will it sound similar to miking-up the real cabinets yourself? What are the drawbacks of recording with impulse response?
Alternative suggestions are welcome too.
Limitations: Studio space is very limited. One alternative is replacing my cabinet with another, but I can't have more than one here at the moment. Also, there is no space at all for a 4 speaker cabinet. The small space is the primary reason why I would like to use IR instead of real cabinets.