Hi guys, My name is Dimitar Simeonov Nalbantov.
I live in Bulgaria and all my life is connected with music and most of all, with playing the guitar and making guitar tones with virtual amplifiers.
I’ve been playing since 1993.
All started in my high school of arts, looking at my friends playing some Metallica tunes on their cheap acoustic guitars. I quickly became obsessed and wanted to explore the amazing instrument. It was so great to watch someone strumming these metal strings hanging over a piece of wood. It was like a magic and so easy in my young eyes… Well, I was wrong 🙂 ♥
It was a long way of trial and error but eventually the music turned out to be the most important thing in my life, after my wife, of course! Many years later, what I have found was the amazing possibilities to express one’s feelings, views and thoughts about the life and man’s existence. For me, the music is all about passion. It is an ember of life.
I’m really thankful that I have a chance to play and record my ideas.
Today’s technology gives me everything that I need to share my art with the rest of the world. I owe it all thanks to the Internet communications and to all friends I’ve met.
Amp Sims and the Digital World:
I’ve started exploring the amazing world of software amp simulators around 2000-2001.
I have always wanted to have a great guitar sound / who hasn’t?/
My hardware Korg AX1000G floor processor wasn’t enough and buying Line 6 the POD wasn’t an option. The price was like a
pre-owned car here in Bulgaria…ha ha
In that time I have had a simple computer with AMD Duron processor and Sb Live PCi card, using one of the first ASIO drivers
with the possibilities to play in real time. EMU APS. The Creative Sound Blaster Live! is equipped with the same EMU 10K1 chip. It worked great in my Win98 machine… / vintage/ 😀
My first experience with an amp “Sim” was MDA Combo
After trying the Simul Analog GSuite, I knew it, this is it!
It was the only way to have “THAT” sound.
Not having the chance to own and record a real amp pushed me in a entirely new universe . The Digital Audio World. I’ve spend many nights tweaking the virtual amps, trying to master the software, looking for the best tones in my music collection and trying to recreate the best ones from my guitar heroes.
A few years has passed and in 2006 I’ve met an American producer and we worked on my first debut album “Universe”.
In the same period I had the opportunity to buy a real tube amp.
The signature amp of Steve Vai – Carvin Legacy 2×12 combo.
I’ve managed to record 6 tracks with the combo for the album, without been killed by the surrounding crowd. Living in a small apartment with a lot of nice neighbors, put me back in my old journey. I’ve sold the amp and buried myself in to the digital madness again.
Also, at the same time Sergey Maritchev from AMT Electronics contacted me, to record demos for his company. One of their first pedals California Sound / an amp emulation in a pedal enclosure/ ended in 5 tracks.What an amazing piece of hardware! Still love it for playing live! Also it was my first endorsement.
You can hear the pedal:
But not having the chance to re-amp and tweak the tone further in the mix turned me back to the software solutions. As a recording musician the software amp simulators gave me the freedom to have the best tones that I could imagine.
Year after year a new piece of simulation showed up on the web and some of the developers contacted me to record demos and making presets for them. It was a great fun and gained me a great deal of experience.
In 2008, My second album “Mother Earth” was released. All of the guitar tracks were recorded with amp simulators.
The solo guitar tone was sculpted using one of the first prototypes of Kuassa’s amp sims, made by the DSP guru and Kuassa’s founder, known in the forums as “Aradaz“.
Aradaz Crunch .
It was one of the first audio VST plugins that really provided the tone and response of a real amp.
I have starved for that organic and saggy “tube” tone of my Carvin Legacy amp. So, the “Crunch” Amp ended in almost all tunes. A great example is the track:
Arie / Aradaz/ and I have found each other on KVR Audio forums and became good friends, sharing the passion of the technology and the desire of perfecting the guitar tones using amp simulators.
10 years later we are still together and I’m really happy to be a part of his team as a product specialist, sharing same philosophy and working for the love of the music!
Thank you, YOU, the person reading this!
Thank you for checking out my music
Always remember where your inspiration came from and why you are still going. Time flies by…but please don’t become an observer; propel your life forward by being mindful. Take a moment to observe what you are doing this very minute and keep the fire inside.
Bulgarian guitarist Dimitar Nalbantov found solace in the recorded works of guitar greats such as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Nalbantov’s love of art and music has been cultivated into a career as an art teacher but more importantly to music fans he has found inspiration in the guise of the beloved string instrument the electric guitar. Taking his passion for artistic endeavors, Nalbantov picked up the electric guitar in ’93 and never looked back.
Born in Asenovgrad, Bulgaria in 1976, Dimitar Nalbantov lives and works there today as an art teacher. His free time however, is devoted to his true passion – the guitar. Dimi (as his friends call him) displayed an interest in art and music at a young age, but it was art that was chosen to be the focus of his formal education. That focus began to shift in his high school years when one day in 1993, he picked up an electric guitar for the first time.
Outside of his art studies, the next seven years found Dimi teaching himself to play, studying the music of such guitar greats as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai and playing in local bands. While he was pursuing his art degree at South-West University, the guitar continued to play an important alternative role for creative expression. In his senior year, it became somewhat of a lifesaver. Prior to graduation in 2000, a deceitful art promoter stole 17 paintings from Dimi – all his work of the past four years. He was devastated.
Unable to pick up a brush, he turned to his guitar and began to study music composition and arranging. He also began to teach himself the English language to understand the vast amount of digital music technology information available on the Internet, written mostly in English. Not long after, he won the Internet “Guitar Player 2000” Contest in the genre of alternative music, sponsored by www.guitar.ru. In the years since, Dimi has recorded studio tracks for several band projects, also serving as audio engineer. He has recorded numerous demo tracks for AMT Electronics Company, Kuassa, Overloud, IK Multimedia and many more, gaining him many fans and friends around the world.
Adept at guitar, he has become a proficient keyboard player as well.