Hi everyone. Recently bought the Cali. It seems to me like I can spend hours tweaking and not get a good tone, but if I drop the default preset down on any random DI recording from another band it sounds pretty good.
I have a decent computer–overclocked i7 with 64gb of ram. I have a Les Paul Special that I run through a 2nd gen Scarlett 2i2. I’ve tried line input, instrument input, I bought an active DI box, changed my cables, and took my guitar to a luthier all to no avail. At my wit’s end, I bought Seymour Duncan Nazgul/Sentient pickups and had those installed along with fresh 500k pots and new wires. The difference in tone was like 10%.
I have tried more headroom, less headroom, EQing before the amp sim. Literally no matter what I do I’m not getting tones like the ones I hear in Neural DSP demo videos. The only other thing I can think of is that it’s my playing technique but I can’t imagine it would make the tone sound this hissy, muddy, and inarticulate.
It is especially bad for chugging. I have varied how hard I pick as well as how light my right hand palm mutes. If it matters I use 2m Dunlop Flows. (I’ve also varied the tip or side of the pick).
Here is a link to a example of me chugging. DI is just the direct in, Demo is with the default preset, and 12 o clock is the default preset with all knobs at 12 o’clock and the hexdrive turned off.
Any thoughts, suggestions, tips, etc would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!