Daly City, CA â€” Dave Mustaine knows a thing or two about guitar sound. As one of the founding fathers of thrash metal, Mustaineâ€™s years of crunching power chords with his band Megadeth have placed his signature licks front and center on some of the genreâ€™s most memorable and oft-covered recordings. Beginning with the bandâ€™s 1984 debut, Killing Is My Businessâ€¦ and Business Is Good, Megadeth has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and received seven GrammyÂ® nominations, with six of their eleven studio albums charting gold or platinum in the U.S. and Canada.
Like most artists, Mustaineâ€™s Pro ToolsÂ®-based project studio in Southern California is his creative nexus; the place where he and the newly regrouped Megadeth nurtured the seeds of the bandâ€™s latest release, United Abominations, and where Mustaine experiments with pushing the boundaries of the genre he helped create. Lately, heâ€™s been plugging in to more than just a stack of amps to find those new sounds, and is spending lots of time with Digidesignâ€™s acclaimed new guitar amp emulation plug-in, Elevenâ„¢
"When I fired Eleven up for the first time, I sat down on the couch in the studio and just closed my eyes, and I really felt like I had an amp rig in front of me,â€? Mustaine says. â€œItâ€™s not just the sound, because a lot of amp emulation programs can create a good distortion or overdrive or whatever. But Eleven goes even farther â€” itâ€™s the only emulation program Iâ€™ve tried that can actually get the sound of a speaker cone breakup, for example, and that does a lot for the whole realism factor.â€?
No stranger to technology, Mustaine has tried almost every amp emulation hardware and software product available. â€œSome emulation programs do a few sounds really well,â€? he says. â€œBut Eleven is the first app Iâ€™ve used that sounds and reacts so realistically across such a wide range of sounds. It actually interacts with my guitar and with my playing style in the same way a real amp and cabinet does. Thatâ€™s something Iâ€™ve never experienced with any other program before.â€?
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