Review Ample Guitar TC II by Ample Sound

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Review Ample Guitar TC II by Ample Sound

A guitar rarity in its own right and with legendary sound from a master of his craft! Ample Sound brings us a deeply sampled John English Masterbuilt Fender Telecaster. For those that don’t know him, John English was the master Luthier and long-time manager of the Fender Custom Shop.

Ample TC II sells for $119.00 from Ample Sound

Thoughts

For years, the wait list to own a John English Masterbuilt Telecaster was a very long one to be sure. Now you can own this classic axe in your own studio. For many players of the Electric guitar you are either a Fender or a Gibson fan. Don’t let that feud stop you here – this one is not to be missed!

I simply love the clean tone and the expressive sound of this guitar. The realism of the string noise, host of articulations (more on that in a minute), strumming engine and a new Tab to Midi feature.

If you own any of the other Ample Sound guitars/basses (and this one marks the 12th installment), the interface will be completely familiar to you as it uses all of the same controls and page layouts. While we review a fair amount of Kontakt libraries, the Ample Sound family of guitars is all plugin based. Plugin or Library, to me it’s all about the best tool for the job and this one it amazing! The AGTC II sports the organic gutsy tone you expect from a Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Telecaster.

A

 

The initial interface page identifies only a tab for the Bridge pickup.

While I am a bit disappointed that there is no neck sample set for the TC II, Ample Sound has told me that they plan to introduce the Neck pickup Extension in early 2017.

Since the Ample AGF (Fender Strat) does not have a bridge pickup, apparently there was a pretty big push to sample the bridge first on this one. From my perspective, this is actually a good choice since the bridge pickup contains more coil windings and the added combination of the metal mount and slant position provides for recipe for that signature gutsy twang we all love it and really cuts through the mix.

Rather than go through every page feature by feature (there’s a great handy manual for that), I will outline some of the really standout features.

Hovering over each control provides a tool tip with helpful information on usage. You have an extreme level of control with sample and articulation editing along with a choice of modes, the standard mode or keyboard mode (multiple notes per string) or solo mode (single note only). I also like the cool guitar doubling feature which uses different samples on the left and right sides and the “intelligent” Capo logic to follow incoming notes. This guitar is really well sampled and playing it clean, the note transitions are clear and crisp. There are no artifacts, stutters or choppiness. In other words – it plays like a real guitar.

B

 

The Strummer tab gives you a wealth of choices for Chord selection – up to 14 chords and 28 different ways to play them. You can do the math on that one. You can use the engine to play the chords or chose the articulations you want and play the chords yourself. Articulations are plentiful in the Ample Sound engine and you can double them up by using two key switches together. In addition, there is a slide guitar mode with 10 articulations of its own. All of this along with Poly legato makes for some pretty amazing realism in your playing. Again, if you have any of the other Amplesound guitars, this will be familiar territory.

 

C

 

You can also choose from a huge selection of strum patterns sorted by genre, time signature and BPM or you can create your own.  Picking the folder icon under the chord section will pop up the available options for the chord bank. All in all, this has been very well thought out and is very handy.

D

The next feature – new is version 2.4 of the Amplesound line of instruments is Tab to MIDI. You can now take Tab directly from TC II and drag it into your DAW or export it to an audio file. To the best of my knowledge this currently supports GPX, GP3, GP4 and GP5 formats. Again, refer to the documentation for updates as they become available as the line of instruments is updated regularly. There is some very detailed information available from Amplesound on all the technical details but suffice it to say – this is one cool feature!

E

The last tab is FX. Ample Sound provide a decent set of FX here that really don’t sound bad, including a Wah Wah peddle. I prefer to use premium plugins (I know, I sound like a broken record), but they do give you a solid ability to sketch your sound when composing on the fly with TC II.

I have to say that in the argument of Fender vs. Gibson, I have one foot firmly planted in each. I love guitars – all guitars and I really love this one.

The real version of this guitar might be out of reach price wise for the average musician but this is certainly an affordable and great sounding surrogate.

My only real complaint at this point is the lack of a Neck pickup, but knowing that it is on the way eases that concern. It still packs that wicked Tele twang and gutsy sound with the Bridge pickup. The addition of the Neck pickup will only make it better in my opinion. I am awarding The Ample Sound AGTC II the SampleLibraryReview Top Pick in the Electric guitar category! As with all of my reviews, I will say that before making your purchase, please check out the official demos to make sure that this is the right tool for you.

 

Facts

Amplesound TC II is a VST/AAX/AU/RTAS virtual instrument plugin. It requires 3.78 GB of disk space. Ample Sound provides and extremely comprehensive technical fact sheet on their website: here.

Ample Guitar TC II  is available for $119 (USD) from Ample Sound

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