Headphone amp sim wanted: Stymon Iridium, Boss IR-200, etc?

ragamuffin

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While I love my tube amps, I've decided that I could really use a good amp sim with a headphone out for quite playing/practicing. Does anybody have experience with the Strymon Iridium, Boss IR-200, or have other recommendations?

I'd be using it along with my pedalboard (I generally use my amp as a clean platform) and the main job is to make good noises in my headphones. I don't need a million options or effects. Bonus points for use as a recording tool.

I previously owned a Yamaha THR and wasn't happy with it. The clean sound was okay-ish (not inspiring) but also pretty weak/low volume through headphones.

I don't really want to spend more than $400, but I could potentially be convinced if there's a considerably option for a little more money.
 

Sadie-f

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ragamuffin said:
While I love my tube amps, I've decided that I could really use a good amp sim with a headphone out for quite playing/practicing. Does anybody have experience with the Strymon Iridium, Boss IR-200, or have other recommendations?

I'd be using it along with my pedalboard (I generally use my amp as a clean platform) and the main job is to make good noises in my headphones. I don't need a million options or effects. Bonus points for use as a recording tool.

I previously owned a Yamaha THR and wasn't happy with it. The clean sound was okay-ish (not inspiring) but also pretty weak/low volume through headphones.

I don't really want to spend more than $400, but I could potentially be convinced if there's a considerably option for a little more money.

You might try guitarX,  runs on Linux which you could run in a VM on a Windows pc if that's what you've got.  It should give you a view of what's possible for really cheap and then you can decide if you're interested in paying money for actual hardware.
 

ragamuffin

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Sadie-f said:
You might try guitarX,  runs on Linux which you could run in a VM on a Windows pc if that's what you've got.  It should give you a view of what's possible for really cheap and then you can decide if you're interested in paying money for actual hardware.

Thanks Sadie, I hadn't really considered running things through the computer. I have a mac though, do you know of any options for that?
 

Sadie-f

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ragamuffin said:
Sadie-f said:
You might try guitarX,  runs on Linux which you could run in a VM on a Windows pc if that's what you've got.  It should give you a view of what's possible for really cheap and then you can decide if you're interested in paying money for actual hardware.

Thanks Sadie, I hadn't really considered running things through the computer. I have a mac though, do you know of any options for that?

Oh and sorry, I misspelled, it's actually GuitariX.

I found this rundown, most aren't free however

https://alternativeto.net/software/guitarix/?platform=mac
 

ragamuffin

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Jebberz said:
For Mac, Mainstage is dirt cheap, and really does the job.

Thanks, I'll have to check that out!

I got to play around with an Iridium today and was very impressed with it
 

Professor Bill

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I have had an Iridium for a couple of years. It's a nice option for quiet practice and DI recording. I like the simplicity of it. It's very “amp-like” and with a good set of headphones and a little bit of the room reverb, it really does sound like an amp, at least to me.
 

zebra

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Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but consider the Carl Martin Rock Bug.  It has an 1/4" guitar input (it handles a signal from a pedal board just fine), and RCA input for jamming, a 1/4" output that can be sent to headphones, and a balanced out.  The circuit sounds great.  It's not "lo-fi" compared to the fancy IR gear, just "lower tech". 

If I don't want to use headphones, I can run the Rock Bug into a 8" monitor.  Using a Sansamp GT-2 for more amp-like sounds, I can get a lot of great sounds, with our without headphones.  Throw in a drum pedal and a looper, and you've got yourself a great practice rig. 
 

ragamuffin

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Thanks guys! I ended up ordering a used Iridium online and got it yesterday. I haven't had too much time to mess around with it yet but I'm liking it a lot!
 
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