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Chris Lord-Alge Guitars Plugin Review

By Keith Livingston

June 6, 2016

amp sims, Chris Lord-Alge, reaper, recording guitar, waves plugins

The Chris Lord-Alge Guitars plugin from waves does some things quite well, and has a drawback, or two.
Here’s the big picture, and a more detailed video explanation/demo below.

Pros

  • Pop it on and be ready to go with a usable guitar sound, within a few seconds.
  • Prepackaged EQ — bass and treble controls in the spots Chris Lord-Alge finds most useful.
  • Three settings each,  for reverb, delay and pitch effects (chorus like).
  • Clean, Crunch, and Heavy sounds.
  • Ability to re-amp, so you can record your guitar direct, and change the sound later.
  • Lots of presets.

Cons

  • The delay makes de-tuned sounds during tempo changes.
  • Not incredibly flexible (it’s not supposed to do everything). You can’t change the center frequencies on the EQ, for example.
  • Noise on the heavier settings.

Philosophy

Some guitar processing plugins try to do it all. They have a zillion different effects, amps, and sounds. That can be cool. This plugin isn’t that. Its function is to get you a usable guitar sound, with common options for tweaking. It’s a time saver. If you like how it sounds, you’ll use it a lot.

If you’re an experienced engineer, know all the tricks, and have a bunch of amp sims, and tons of effects plugins, this might not do anything for you. But if you’re looking for good sounds, out of the box, without it taking a lot of time, this just might do the trick.

Keith

Watch the Chris Lord-Alge Guitars Plugin Review on YouTube.

Keith Livingston

About the author

Keith Livingston started recording his own music in the late '70s, on a 4-track. He worked his way into live sound and studio work as an engineer -- mixing in arenas, working on projects in many major studios as a producer/engineer, and working in conjunction with an independent label.

He taught audio engineering at the Art Institute of Seattle, from 1990-1993, and in '96, contributing to authoring several college-level courses there.

He was General Manager of Радио один (Radio 1) in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Now he spends his time recording his own songs wherever he roams, and teaching others to do the same.

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