Kuassa Caliburn Presets Collection

A small collection with the presets used in the demo videos


A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Run the guitar into a decent HI-Z input.
    I’m using : TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6

2. Adjust your audio interface input gain.

Your goal is to have the right amount of input level.
Every guitar has different type of pickups and the output could be
increased or the opposite.


Try these two scenes:

1. Hard strumming to hit -6 dB in your input meter.

You will have less gain and you will need to adjust the Input level of the amp
located Top Left on the GUI.
In this case what I have found is that the guitar sounds more dynamic and more open


2. Hard strumming  – close to 0 dB in your input meter.
But be sure to avoid any clipping .
Usually a red light on your interface or your DAW meters.

This is going to give the best signal to noise ratio of your Hi Z Pre-amp.

There are some studies and theories about the right input voltage and how much gain should be applied when playing with amp simulators.

Аfter trying many different audio interfaces and different guitars over the years, the final conclusion is :
You will need to adjust your levels by ear!

My audio interface and guitars are inseparable part from the tones.


3. Adjust the Output of the Amp / the presets are saved directly from the projects and sometimes a clipping could happen/ Watch your meters!


There are 11 Reaper Track Chains with the stock Reaper Delay and Reverb.
Also the stock Caliburn Presets are inside. Sometimes you hit the save button
accidentally and its nice to have a backup 🙂

You can use the included reverb and delay in your DAW or any other of your choice!

A room default preset for the blues tones or a plate – hall preset for the melodic solos usually will be a good starting point.

resonhallresonroom
Reason Stock Reverb

solrea

My usual go-to Delay and Reverb for Solos in Reason

sonarhall
Cakewalk Hall Settings

sonarroom

Cakewalk Room Settings

Folders inside the ZIP archive:

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Extract them and put the files in:

• Mac: Users/[YourName]/Music/Audio MusicApps/Kuassa/Presets/
AmplifikationCaliburn
• Win: ~\Documents\Kuassa\Presets\AmplifikationCaliburn

 

DOWNLOAD THE ZIP HERE:

http://nalbantov.com/files/caliburnvideos/Dimi_Caliburn_Presets_From_Videos.zip


 


Folder : Kuassa YouTube Videos

 


1. Amplifikation Caliburn Demo – 45 Jeff Blues Style Main Video

A classic blues tone with natural break up.

Using the second channel of the amp.

The bass is almost rolled off to zero, depending on the bias, as well as volume, cab/speakers and microphone combination, the bass knob is kept much lower than the other controls.

Dial up mids all the way, treble and presence to taste /depending on your pickups and guitar body and neck wood/, with the master volume cranked. Gives You great crunch gone that cleans up well with the guitar’s volume control and amp responds great on your dynamic playing.

Speaker/ microphone combination:

Classic British cabinet with Dynamic 57 and a Condenser Microphone.

The second one is adding more air and captures the whole spectrum of the speaker cabinet.

Guitar used:

Ibanez guitar with stock pickups in coil split mode. Which gives a single coils feeling and tone .

Preset: 45 Jeff Blues Style Main


2. 45 Classic Dirt Blues Telecaster

Another classic blues tone with natural break up.

Again same as 45 Jeff Blues video. But this time with a classic Telecaster type guitar.

With its typical twang and bright tone, the guitar is pushing the amp frequency response to a different level.

The 45 amp  retains much of the tone and character of your instrument!

Bass control way down /we should take of the flabbiness/, mid on 12 o’clock – this time for more open sounding tone.

Gain a little after the noon with master almost full – combination that makes that break up overdrive .

Speaker/ microphone combination:

Classic British cabinet with Dynamic 57 and a Dynamic 421

The second one is adding weight.

Guitar used:

Telecaster type guitar.

Preset: 45 Classic Dirt Blues Telecaster


3. 45 Clean Blues

Clean blues tone

Using the first channel of the amp.

45 has one of the best clean tones .  With great character and harmonically rich.Crank the amp and dial back your  volume pot to get nice sparkly and jumpy tone.

The circuit is easy to break up into little crunch and a slight overdrive, so use the combination of your guitar volume pot and adjust the master volume.

Speaker/ microphone combination:

Classic British cabinet with Dynamic 57 and a Condenser Microphone. The second one is added to capture the overall tone and adding a touch of lows.

Guitar used:

Ibanez guitar with stock pickups in coil split mode. Which gives a single coils feeling and tone .

Preset: 45 Clean Blues


4. Caliburn 800 Classic Rock Ballad Solo Instrumental

A classic Rock ballad solo with Stratocaster guitar.

800’s tone usually comes from being cranked.

People are mistaken by its tone, saying its harsh and thin sounding , which most of time is caused by  using it wrong. On low volumes with the wrong speaker cabinet.

Using the second high gain channel and a combination with the gain and master volume controls. Mids are way up, so the guitar is distinguishable in the mix and also helping the Strat to have more body in the sound.

Highs are a little rolled off to compensate the sharpness of the single coil pickups.

Speaker/ microphone combination:

Custom G12 cabinet with Dynamic 57 and Custom V30 with Ribbon Microphone.

The second one is used to bring more lows in the guitar tone, also helps to smooth out

the highs a little.

Guitar used:

Fender Stratocaster  guitar with stock pickups

Preset: Caliburn 800 Classic Rock Ballad Solo


5. Caliburn 800 Crunch Solo Blues Rock

A melodic instrumental ballad solo with Strat .

The 800 amp has that early Marshall tone when the gain and master controls are rolled back a little. You have probably heard this guitar tone a thousand times in many classic records from the 80 – 90’s.

The sag control us turned up so the notes could be more compressed and rounded.
Emotional tone where its all about the expression and phrasing of your playing.

The amp react just like an acoustic instrument where every nuance is pushed through the speaker and straight to the listener.

You have to find the golden ratio between the pre-amp and power amp saturation.

Speaker/ microphone combination:

Reissue British cabinet with Dynamic 57 and Custom V30 with Dynamic 441 Microphone.

The second Cabinet with the Classic v30 speaker adds a little more presence and wight to the guitar.

Guitar used:

Fender Squier Stratocaster  guitar with stock pickups

Preset: Caliburn 800 Crunch Solo Blues Rock


6. Caliburn 800 Heavy Rock Metal

Hard Rock and Metal tones

This time 800 amp shows its power.. Can’t go wrong with it. Aggressive bite. Raw overdrive which easely could be pushed into high gain.

800  have a particular crunchy heavy rock sound with lots of saturation. If you want to go higher, use a classic SD1 or TS9 in front of the high gain channel.

In this track a Gibson style guitar is used for its short neck scale and mahogany body.

The tone is much scooped and tighter. Also on the middle part 0:57 – with palm mutes you can hear the amp is becoming more low end – focused and tight. Pure joy to play!

On the solo guitar part he WF 3607 wah pedal was used in auto mode.

The mids of the amp are dialed up, so the guitar could jump in the mix without being blurred.

Speaker/ microphone combination:

Rhythm parts: Lead British cabinet with Dynamic 57 and Reissue British with Ribbon 121 Microphone. The Ribbon is added for more lows.

Solo Part: Classic British Dynamic 57 and Dynamic 421

Guitar used:

Gibson style guitar with stock pickups

Preset: Caliburn 800 Heavy Rock Metal


7. Caliburn 900 Classic Heavy Rock

Why no love for the JCM 900?

It’s a high gain amplifier by the design.

It can get buzzy if you max the preamp/gain knobs. They sound pretty good if you dial them in right!

First thing is to play with the gain and master volume.

If you put the master on 12 o’clock and dial the gain all the way up, the amp is going to compress the low end and at this point I’m sure you will hate the overall feeling.But doing the opposite: Gain at 12 o’clock and master at 8 everything is changing.

The lows are tight now and you still have the same amount of gain and saturation.900 amp has everything, from crunch and heavy rhythm  to saturated lead tones.

The 900 amps are the answer  to have that extra gain built in without any need of boosting the input!

In the video the settings are dialed in a simple way, so the guitar to sit in the mix properly.

Dial it before the recording and the mix and you will save yourself lot of time and frustrating moments.All the tones are from the amp itself. No additional EQing. No boost with additional pedal.

Recorded left and right.

In the solo sections you can hear the natural mid range of the amp. The sustain is preserved and its safe to say its a shred machine!

Speaker/ microphone combination:

1st part of the video:

Rhythm parts: Classic British cabinet with Dynamic 57 and Dynamic 421 Microphone.

Solo Part: Lead British cabinet with Dynamic 57 and Condenser 414

2nd part of the video:

Rhythm parts: Custom V30 cabinet with Dynamic 57 and Condenser 414 Microphone.

For different character and tone.

Solo Part: Custom G12 cabinet with Dynamic 57 and Dynamic 441

Guitar used:

Ibanez guitar with stock pickups

Presets:

Caliburn 900 Classic Heavy Rock


8. 900 DM Rtm Solo Modern

80s – 90s and these days. Shred never gets old.

The 900 amp dialed and pushed to where it should be. You will hear a Gibson style guitar played through the 900 amp. The mix is filled with reverb and delays  where every guitar hero is feeling home.

In the rhythm part, the left guitar is panned hard left and you can hear the reverb in right speaker.

This  trick is old as me. Lol. But you wouldn’t be disappointed…!

You will see and hear the mids are scooped in the solo, but don’t be fooled, the arpeggios are jumping in right into your face.

Again, no pre-amp boost with pedals.

Speaker/ microphone combination:

Rhythm parts: Classic V30 and Custom G12 cabinets with two Dynamic 57 microphones

Solo Part: Custom V30 and Reissue British cabinets with two Dynamic 57 microphones.
Lots of presence!

Guitar used:

Gibson style guitar with stock pickups

Preset: 900 DM Rtm Solo Modern – Folder: 900 DM Rtm Solo Modern


9. Caliburn 800 900 Power

A classic combination of the two iconic amps and  Gibson style guitar.  The perfect combination for that heavy sound.

The guitars are panned left and right.

900 left channel and 800 right channel

No post processing, just the pure amp tone.

On the solo part the 900 amp is used for more sustain and no need of additional pedal to boost the input.

Presets: Caliburn 800 900 Power


 

Folder : Random Presets Dimi
You will find 27 presets inside which I’ve made lately.
Here are five of them  from the demo videos down below:

 


1. Kuassa Caliburn JTM45 and Wah pedal.

Preset: 45 Wah Blues


2. Kuassa Caliburn – 80’s – 90’s Guitar Tone with Tapping and “Shred”

Preset: 80’s – 90’s Guitar Tone Solo


3. Kuassa Caliburn – JTM 45 type amp – Clean Strat Tone

Preset: JTM 45 type amp – Clean Strat Tone


4: AC/DC Tone – Kuassa Caliburn Amp Simulator

AC Preset

 


5. Fender with Marshall Amp Sim

Preset: Fender with Marshall Amp Sim