The Country Guitars EZmix Pack presents a diverse collection of settings for all walks of vintage and modern electric country guitar. It comes with 50 unique, mix-ready tones based on amp/cab simulation and various chains of effects. In this pack, you get a wide array of tones covering anything from clean, up-close and intimate to dirty, mean and big – all designed to capture the broadest possible definition of electric country guitar.
From the tube-oozing, plate and spring reverb-soaked tones for your next slow song to the rugged, transistor-fuming settings for your picking leads – this collection covers the whole gamut from vintage to modern.
We asked two of our guitar and country music aficionados, sound designer Ulf Edlund and art director Ulf Larsson, to road test the Country Guitars EZmix Pack in this custom written track.
Learn all about the rich variety of tones that come with the Country Guitars EZmix Pack for EZmix 2.
Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind creating this collection of guitar tones.
– It was a challenge, because so much of the most significant country guitar tones come from the player. Country is a wide term though, and it has changed a lot over the decades. The stereotype is probably a Tele through a Twin, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Western swing, Buck Owens and the Bakersfield sound, the ’70s “outlaws”, modern traditional country. Alternative country and Americana and more. Having that picture clear, there was a lot to dig into. Enough that we decided to keep the pack entirely amp-simulation based.
In short, how is a guitar effect chain for an EZmix Pack actually created?
– It’s not so short, because there’s a lot that goes into making each setting. What we are creating are emulations of mic’ed and recorded amps, so a common signal chain might start with some sort of pedal, then into an amp, followed by a speaker,
which is really an impulse response of a speaker, mic and preamp chain. Then maybe some “outboard” effects and mixer EQ.
The order that we place the different components in the chain varies and matters a lot too. For example, many amps have the tremolo after the spring reverb, so if i’m after reality that’s how I’ll place them. Then you assign various parameters to the two control knobs. What happens under the hood is often a lot more complex than just turning these two knobs. For instance, if a preset goes from clean to distorted, it might have the “Drive” knob altering the amp EQ as well since you most likely would use different settings for your clean and distorted sound.
There are settings designed for specific guitar models and pickups – even steel guitar. Why was this important?
– You have heard it before. The tone is in the hands, and it’s true. Then it’s in the instrument, and then the amp – and then it’s how it’s recorded. Since the “hands” and guitar are up to the player, we can focus on the rest of the chain and it’s easier to create something specific when we know if we are sculpting for a Stratocaster, pedal steel or a 335.
You are also an accomplished steel guitar player, which is pretty unusual for a native Swede. How did you get hooked on this instrument?
– Guess i was damaged as a kid. (laughs). Well seriously, i got hooked to the sound at an early age, long before i started playing an instrument really, and i’ve been fascinated ever since. Then I sort of evolved from slide guitar to lap steel, Dobro and eventually I could not resist getting into pedal steel guitar.
You are an avid guitar and amp collector. Pick a few favorites from your collection!
– Out of the couple of dozens guitars i have ever owned, my favorite is actually a 1982 Squier Telecaster. I have a bunch of good ones, a 1963 Gibson SG Special that sounds fantastic, but that old beat up Squier will always be special to me. An amp that never ceases to amaze me is my little 12 watt Tweed Deluxe. Sounds huge, and with just a volume and a tone knob I can still get most sounds I want out of it.
Finally, best guitarist ever?
– Depends what day it is. There are so many different qualities: expression, tone, personality etc. I’ve been through periods of wanting to sound like all kinds of players from Michael Schenker to BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, JJ Cale, Sonny Landreth – and the list goes on. One very underrated player in my book is Larry Crane. Everything I’ve heard him play, both with Mellencamp and later is first class.
Some of the songs that inspired Ulf when creating this collection of tones.
|Chimey Grit||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean DD Chorus||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Eights Delay||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Picker||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Room||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Slapback||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Spring||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Tele Comp||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Tele EQ||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Clean Tremolo||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Crunch DD Chorus||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Crunch Slapback||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Crunchy Overdrive||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Delta Drive||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Driven Rhythm||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Dry Clean Tele||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Dynamic Solid State||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Fat Tele Bridge||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Green OD Dry||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Green OD Reverb||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Humbucker Clean||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Humbucker Twang||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Jazzy 335||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Jazzy LP||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Lead Room||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Lead Sync Delay||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Mellow 335||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|OD Delay Fourths||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Outlaw Phaser||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Overdrive Lead||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Pickin’ a Chicken||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Prince-Tone 121||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Prince-Tone Reverb||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Prince-Trem Reverb||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Pushed Single Coil||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Soft and Clean||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Steel 15||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Steel Now||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Steel Then||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Taped Delay Crunch||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Taped Dry Drive||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Taped OD Delay||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Taped Overdrive||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|
|Yakety Axe||Guitar Electric||Amplifier|