Choose the right DynIR cabinet for your tone

Choose the right DynIR cabinet for your tone

With a catalog of over 400 cabinets, it is not always easy to choose a DynIR cabinet.

It's always best to start with a cabinet you know well. Look at your amp’s cabinet and speaker and choose the matching cabinet or something close. This will give you a starting point where you will be comfortable, familiar with what to expect.

Once you are used to the DynIR cabinets in Torpedo Remote and Wall of Sound, we recommend starting to go down different paths of tones by changing the cabinet.

How much does your guitar tone owe to your choice of cabinets?

Simply put, a lot. But in all honesty, in the real world (the physical world), how much time have you spent choosing your cabinet? If you are playing with a combo, the answer is easy, none. You bought the amp because you loved the end result - the tone which includes the preamp, the eq, the power stage, the speaker and the way the cabinet reacted to it all.

How would your 1x12" combo sound if it was going through a 2x12"? How many of us have the option to choose between cabinets when they are playing at home? The reality is that it is not many.

Cabinets have a massive impact on your tone, and therefore your mixes. Whether you are looking for edgy-riff tracks and low-end filled rhythm parts with the same amp, changing cabinets is the key to get the right sound for each situation.

Does size matter?

Yes. But not in a "the bigger the better" way. And yes, the metaphor is not lost on us and we are smiling whenever we say this!

Decades of recordings have shown the value of very small cabinets on lead tone, while huge 4x12" in the right room with the right mics give an unsurpassed low end. For example, how many people think that some of Brian May's most iconic lead tones have come from a wall of 9 Vox AC30 amps when the reality it was often from his tiny handbuilt "Deacy Amp".

Here are some basic principles:

  • Big cabinets have lower and more bass response. Obviously, a 4x12" has much more low end than a 1x12". But an oversized 1x12" has more low end than a compact 1x12" enclosure.
  • Small cabinets (like 1x10" and 1x6") have plenty of edge, ideal for lead tones or very tight rhythm tracks in a very crowded band mix.
  • 2x12"s are usually the best-of-both-worlds cabinets compared to 1x12" and 4x12". They have the low end that is often lacking with a 1x12", but they have more grit and presence than a 4x12" cabinet. When practicing on your own, at home, they have the right balance of low end and treble for your clean licks, and with a nice crunch, they become riff machines.

And the speaker in it?

Some will say: "I swear by Vintage 30s". Ok, great. But... if you compare two same-size cabinets from different brands with the same speaker, you would be surprised at the difference. The volume, the wood, and the speaker's location in the cabinet change the tonal response of the speaker.

With this being said, speakers have a massive impact. A Celestion Creamback is mellower than a Vintage 30. Depending on the playing, a speaker will also be an integral part of the global tone: boosting the low-end, rubbing off some screechy top-end frequencies, etc.

Open or Closed

This is one of the most vital characteristics of a cabinet. Looking for tightness and punch, go for a closed-back cabinet. Also, they are considerably more directional, so mic selection and placement will have more impact.

With an open back, you will have more air to your sound. The open back is also a huge plus for mic placement at the back of the cabinet. You can get richer tones, with more warmth in the low end than at the front.

All in all, with the large library of Two notes DynIR virtual cabinets, you can drastically improve your existing rig by just quickly and easily changing your cabinet in the virtual world.