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Tones From Hell now in AmpliTube Custom Shop
Ferocious. Blistering. Soulful. Those are just three of many words one would use to describe the guitar tone of “Dimebag” Darrell Lance Abbott. Dime is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all-time and a legendary, genre-defining musician… again, most will 333% agree that Dime is and will always hold those distinct honors.
IK Multimedia utilized all of Dime’s personal guitar effects, amplifiers and cabinets that he used in the studio while recording Pantera’s groundbreaking album Cowboys From Hell which in-turn started the revolution of the “Power Groove” in metal.
We’ve worked meticulously with Dime’s long-time guitar tech and right hand man, Grady Champion, to precisely model all of Dime’s guitar tones from the album.
Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection
The Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection features 9 brand new models including 2 amps, 2 cabinets and 5 stomps created to precisely mirror the rig that Dime used to record the classic album Cowboys From Hell. This includes a meticulously modeled reproduction of the highly coveted Randall® RG 100 ES Amplifier, a completely re-modeled 1986 Roland® JC-120™ stereo combo amp, along with all the pedals Dime used while recording the album.
Modeled to meticulously mirror the highly coveted Randall® RG 100 ES solid-state, 120 watt amplifier. The sound and tone of this amp became famous when Dime started using it in the early Pantera days.
Jazz Amp 120 CFH
Based on the 1986 Roland® JC-120™, this stereo amp was used on the song Cemetery Gates. Fine-tuned to match the exact tone you hear on the album.
Based on the Randall® 412 JB and is the perfect companion to the Darrell 100 amplifier.
JP Jazz CFH
Based on the stereo cabinet section of the Roland® JC-120™ amp combo which features 2×12-inch speakers.
6 Band EQ
Six-band graphic EQ based on a unit by MXR®, this was used to shape and boost the sound before the amp.
Pre EQ 3
Three-Band Parametric EQ based on the Furman® PQ-3 which offers great flexibility for sound shaping.
Based on the Dunlop® Cry Baby® GCB95. Modeled with precise attention to Dime’s lead tones.
Based on an MXR® Flanger Doubler, this model offers two effects in one. Primarily used by Dime in “doubler mode” to thicken in his overall tone.
Dime Noise Gate
Fast and very responsive. Based on the Rocktron® Hush IIB model.
DIM™ for Dime
For the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection, we used our latest Dynamic Interaction Modeling™ to deliver the highest level of ultra-realistic sound when modeling Dime’s gear. The product of 20 years’ experience modeling analog gear, DIM™ models the behavior of EVERY component in the circuit all the way down to its smallest nuance and character. Then we model the interactions and influence that each component has within the system of the circuit and all of the variables that affect it.
Applied to Dime’s rig, the result is crushingly heavy riffs and ferocious leads, with the same sound and feel you’d get from the real gear.
The art of shredding… for free
The AmpliTube Custom Shop is a free software package for your Mac or PC that includes a complete guitar dual signal chain; tuner, pedalboard, amplifier, cabinet, microphone and rack effects section. It comes with 24 pieces of gear and access to our unique online virtual music store where you can purchase the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection models either a-la-carte or as a complete collection.
When used as a standalone application, AmpliTube Custom Shop features a 4-track recorder section and a song-player for easy play-along capabilities – see if you can keep up with Dime himself! The SpeedTrainer function allows you to slow down the audio so you can learn the licks note for note without affecting the pitch. Pour yourself a Black Tooth and give it a shot…