I bought an old ART SGX-2000 a few years ago, intending to use it as my main guitar processing for my recordings. But along the way, the parameters changed a bit and the methods I used for recording changed. I found myself the owner of an Alembic F-2B preamp, which gave me that amazing, elusive clean sound I’d always wanted (think David Gilmour). I also wound up with IK Multimedia’s Amplitube 2 software, and was finally made to believe that software amplifiers had, finally, arrived. So the SGX-2000 was left in my rack, and has literally only been powered up a handful of times.
Now I’m beginning to re-think that. While I like the basic tone of the Amplitube 2 rigs, the effects are virtually useless. That’s no big deal. I use effects from my DAW to process guitar, anyway. So while it might be easier to just plug my guitar into my audio interface and wail away using an Amplitube 2 rig, it leaves something to be desire. Some undefinable something is just… missing.
The SGX-2000 has been sitting in my rack patiently the whole time, watching and waiting. And I’ve finally begun to see the light. I think the time has come to fire up the old dinosaur and see what kind of magic I can make happen with the thing. I still remember the first time I ever played through one (I bought my first in 1992). I was blown away by the width and breadth of what the unit was capable of. You could literally take an SGX-2000 and walk into any studio for a professional level recording.
So… in keeping with my philosophy of giving old gear a new lease on life, I’ve decided to clean the pots on the old dinosaur (the only thing that’s really wrong with it) and see if I can bring it back up to speed as a part of my recording rig. If nothing else, you can never have too many colors in your tonal palette. Between my old Ampeg V4, the Alembic F-2B, the Amplitube 2 software and this old ART SGX-2000, I should be just about covered where guitar tone is concerned.
This should be interesting…