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I started out with an M-Audio Fast Track and the amp simulators on Logic Pro and it sounded great. A lot of my best selling tracks were recorded using this until I upgraded to an Alesis io26. As for acoustic guitar, I use an SE220a microphone. Pretty cheap but it does a great job.
Logic 9 has some really great guitar sounds… I use them extensively when I am looking to layer guitar parts. The key is how those sounds work in the context of a mix with the other instruments. The amp models and “mic placement” sometimes need to be adjusted as well as the EQ/compression settings.
In terms of the guitar, True… any electric guitar will do, BUT it must be set up properly to play in tune…
Just my opinions… Cheers!
Ampfarm, amplitube, NI guitar rig 5… there are several amp modeling plugins on the market.
Does pro tools have a built in amp simulator? or will i have to get it separately
Protools comes with ELEVEN free, which is their free/demo version of their own amp modeling program. I’m not sure how useful it is, but if you like it you can always upgrade to the full edition.
They also sell an ELEVEN RACK /PROTOOLS software and hardware bundle for around $800? dollars but I’m not sure if it comes bundled with a “light” or “full” edition of protools.