Cab Enhancer
by AcmeBarGig
5.0 / 5     (5 votes)
Cab Enhancer is a guitar amp cabinet enhancer.

It can be used to either emulate a cabinet without the use of IR, enhance an existing IR cabinet, or enhance a mic'd cabinet. IR cabs can lose some of the "live" feel no matter what equipment or how you place a mic, it will always be like that it is a simple matter of physics. So, what Cab Enhancer does is place back some of that live 'feel', so to speak.

To illustrate how the CabShaper will help out, consider the example of a snare drum. When you hit a snare drum hard or soft the sound of that snare drum changes with the velocity of the strike. These tonal changes occur with speakers too, albeit to a lesser degree. So, it is these tonal/resonant changes that are missing from an IR file. Use of AcmeBarGig's EAR (Enhanced Audio Resonance) technology attempts to put them back in.

This loss, on the other hand, does not occur when you are recording with mic'd amps. EAR reads how hard or soft you are playing and resonates certain frequencies based on speaker type. Unfortunately, AcmeBarGig are still defining speaker sizes with it, but in future versions of EAR you will be able to select your speaker type and size from a list. So for this version, AcmeBarGig recommends that you simply turn the dials until you like the sound.

For mic'd cabs, you can use a small amount of EAR to enhance the punchiness, but using too much of it in this scenario will not help. What Cab Enhancer does in this regard is allow you access to an extra equalizer, 2 filters, and a widener - so it doesn't perform any type of "magic" but does contain the tools required to better craft your sound, including a noise gate. One of the filters can also be used as a hiss eliminator, and then you could use the EQ to boost the high end that was removed from the filter.

When used as a Cab Emulator, it is almost identical to the previous version of CabShaper, as seen in DIG and BIG but with enhanced low end rumble. The EAR and Filters can also be used with this as you would when using Cab Enhancer with an Impulse Response file.
  • 3 band parametric EQ and a filter designed to simulate a speaker cabinet, with enhanced low-end rumble.
  • Widening delay for expanding the cabinet sound.
  • Noise Gate.
  • Powerful adjustable filter.
  • EAR - Enhanced Audio Resonance TM, a proprietary AcmeBarGig technology for simulating speaker feel.
iyas May 11 2020
May 11 2020
Please suggest me idk how to use ?
Stream of Consciousness Jan 18 2019
(5 / 5)
Jan 18 2019
Good stuff, really adds shimmer to Guitar sounds. They are correct in the well done presentation, just a touch is all you need. If you crank it, 100%, it sounds great, but the sound is really fatiguing, it only sounds good for a little while. I found 15% blended in still had the distinctness of having the effect on, with out it being blistering. Thanks, really was a step up in ability to get a good guitar sound in my PC.
bob Sept 02 2018
(5 / 5)
Sept 02 2018
Got this as well. After a bit of tweaking this a great piece of kit. This is now my go to vst for rythmn guitars. Awesome
Anonymous Jul 14 2017
(5 / 5)
Jul 14 2017
This is an excellent cab/clean amp emulator. I use this one specifically for rhythm guitars. I can get similar results using 3 or 4 other plugins, but having it all in one plugin with low CPU is fantastic.
Loopita Sampling Dec 12 2016
(5 / 5)
Dec 12 2016
Guys!!...seriously talking...put all of you in your chain FX this VST....really sounds close to real one cabinet...AMAZING!!! true!!..I didn't hope this awesome results....THANKS A LOT!!!Acmebargig!!!
Anonymous Aug 25 2016
Aug 25 2016
Absolute must have for any DAW guitar setup! Absolutely fantastic and sounds uncannily close to a real cabinet, and pairs well with any amp sim I've tried.
DT Sept 07 2016
Sept 07 2016
Where in the chain would this sit in a set up that uses a basic "Input signal > virtual amp > IR" chain? I assume after the IR but wanted to confirm.