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Smart Amp Pro VST - Kemper-ish for your DAW

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    Smart Amp Pro VST - Kemper-ish for your DAW

    I don't know if this was posted here previously. If so, I apologize for the duplicate.

    I saw the following video, and figured I'd give it a shot.

    I followed the GITHub link and downloaded the source code, to check it out, then found the VST here:

    It took some doing to get it to work. First copied the vst into one of my VST folders, then ran their dependency script that uses pip to install all the dependencies. It took me some time to realize that I needed to restart the PC for everything to work. You'll need python installed for everything to work.

    After restarting, the plugin works exactly like the video shows. Is it as good as a Kemper? No. It's great for a free open source program.

    I tested it against the Kemper. I used a profile that I made yesterday, of a Randall MTS Grail into a 2X12 mic'd with SM57 and an E906. I set up the output to send the raw guitar signal via SPDIF, and the profile sound via XLR. I set up 2 tracks in the DAW, one for each, and added the SmartAmpPro to the Master track.

    I simply opened SmartAmpPro, hit Start Capture, named it and followed the directions. You play for a while, playing what it tells you to play (high notes, low notes, chords, etc.). It takes about 3 minutes to complete. It saves a wav file.

    At this point you click Train Tone, and select that wav file. (I learned the hard way, name it without spaces, it sees the filename as extra parameters until you fix the name).

    It takes another 3-4 minutes to create the tone match, and it tells you how accurate it got to the original. NOTE: If the progress stops at 15 seconds, that means something is wrong with the python setup and it's dependencies. I found this out the hard way. I had to reboot to get it to function properly.

    For a free program, it's a great addition to your DAW, and a lot of fun to toy around with, creating "profiles".

    You can profile amps, pedals, etc. Check it out, it's a lot of fun.

    That seems pretty nifty, I'll have to try that out when I finally pony up the cash for an interface.


      The only downside so far is that it needs the first 2 channels on the interface. I have my Kemper connected to the interface, and it's not in slots 1-2. So, I have to reroute those inputs to channels 1 & 2. I'm looking at the source code to try and make it configurable. Would make more sense for people with interfaces with more inputs.


        Since I always hate on thumbnails and Martin Scorsese level production quality on these videos, I just want to point out how refreshing it is to see a product demo that just gets to the point without any goofy faces and needlessly influencer-y bullshit.