My name is Dimitar Nalbantov. In short: Dimi
I live in Bulgaria and all my life is connected with music and most of all, playing the guitar, recording and making guitar tones with virtual amplifiers. 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 the friends I’ve met.
The Digital Audio World
I’ve started to explore the amazing world of digital audio around 1996-7. My first “DAW” was Fast Tracker 2, spending nights programming drums and exporting them for backing tracks.
The AMP Simulators – The Beginning
My first experience with an amp “Sim” was MDA Combo and Guitar Suite
1999 – The old monster AWE64 was my big “Studio”
2001-2 My SB Live card was capable of “real” time playing. Fun times!
Played “big” tube amps for year or two around 2005-7. The signature amp of Steve Vai — Carvin Legacy 2×12 combo.
You can hear the amp in the track: “Unknown Town” from the album “Universe” 2006
I’ve managed to record 6 tracks with the combo for my debut album, without being killed by the surrounding neighbors. Living in a small apartment put me back in my old journey.
Amp Simulators in a Pedal: At the same period Sergey Maritchev from AMT Electronics contacted me to record demos for his company. One of their first pedals California Sound /Amp emulation in a pedal enclosure/ ended in 5 tracks of my debut album “Universe” 2006.
You can hear the California Sound Pedal in the track: Purely and Simply
The sound of the solo guitar is just this pedal, wah pedal Cry Baby and some Delay and Reverb added post in the mix.
Using hardware pedals has its own pros and cons, but not having the chance to re-amp and tweak the tone further in the mix, turned me back to the software solutions.
Back to the Software
* In 2008, My second album “Mother Earth” was released. All the guitar tracks were recorded with amp simulators. The solo guitar tone was sculpted using one of the first prototypes of Kuassa’s amp simulators, made by the DSP guru and Kuassa’s founder, known in the forums as “Aradaz“.
It was one of the first audio VST plugins that provided the tone and response of a real amp. A great example how Aradaz Crunch sounds is the track: “Abandoned Place” from the album “Mother Earth”
Arie / Aradaz / and I have found each other on KVR Audio forums and we became good friends, sharing the passion and the desire to get perfect guitar tones, using software.
10 years later we are still together sharing the same philosophy and working for the love of the music and tone!
And 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.
Profound BIO – 😉
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 – almost 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 made presets and recorded numerous demo tracks for AMT Electronics Company, Kuassa, Overloud, IK Multimedia, NI and many more, gaining him many fans and friends around the world.