BluGuitar BluBOX is a pedal sized unit with 16 classic guitar speaker cabinet simulations all ‘virtually’ perfectly mic’d up and ready to go. Designed in conjunction with Thomas Blug who is no stranger to having great guitar tones. The man himself was demonstrating a prototype at the show today.
This new unit should be popular with those either recording or plugging directly into a PA system. Speaker simulators are usually the last thing on players minds, however they do offer a lot in terms of recording. As in the real world the last thing your guitar tone comes out of is the speaker and that speaker makes a lot of difference to your final tone.
Thomas Blug has a long career in recording and playing live, so with his input this unit should be pretty good one would hope.
It features two controls the first selects teach of the 16 models of speaker cabinets and the second allows you to change the mic position on that virtual cabinet from Edge towards Centre. As mic position plays a huge part on how a recorded cabinet sounds this for me is a handy feature, as I do like to play with mic placement a lot in the real world. So was happy to see this was something I could do virtually.
The unit has a ground lift switch, a jack and a balanced XLR Mic out and a Speaker Level in / thru.
It runs internally at 24 bit and uses Impulse Responses ‘IRS’ technology to achieve its speaker simulations. The sample rate has not yet been officially announced, however my colleague at the show today said it sounds very good in real life and expects it to be higher than 44.1 / 48 kHz. We believe there is still some tweaking going on with the unit and it is expected to start shipping in the last quarter of this year.
RRP GBP £219 and available later this year