Amp sims Audio Assault

Audio Assault Emperor

PlatformWin/Mac
Uses Rhythm
Version reviewed1.0
Score: 2.5/5
Score: 2.5 / 5

INTRO:

I was pretty pumped when I got the email about this one because I’d liked a few of their previous releases. The price is also really cheap. This is the follow up to a few products that people have seemed to like so far. I was expecting a step up or at least something on par for AA’s quality.

EXPERIENCE:

The setup and graphics are just like the Bulldozer and Dominator with the same selection of pedals and cabs for the most part. It’s an easy to use and well-designed setup that makes for a simple workflow.

Not really sure what amp or amps the Emperor has under the hood but it sort of sounds like they blended a 5150 and a Satan or something really mid voiced. Right away it was kind of harsh and thin. I worked with a variety of signal chains with a bunch of processing plugins and I just couldn’t get it to where I could enjoy it.

I always test sims as they are before adding processing or trying my own pedals/impulses etc but I found myself reaching for Pro-Q right away to help take all the harsh tones out. No matter what I did to the tone on the amp itself or how I processed it, nothing helped. By the time you get things cleaned up, you have taken too much out of the tone.

I tried loads of impulses and I found nothing to mesh well at all. I am not normally one to give up quickly so I pressed on and eventually got a tone that sounded pretty cool backed with a more dry rectifier tone. I blended the two together for a really decent Rammstein or German industrial type tone. It doesn’t really save the sim but I was able to get something useful from it.

It’s two channels; one is a crunchy to high-ish gain that just has this crunch that I don’t like (Yes I actually said that). It’s a crunch that just can’t be dialed out with the amp controls or with processing. The other channel is just unusable to be honest. There was nothing I could do to tame the hiss and harshness of the higher gain channel. The control values are also kind of a puzzle, when you turn them down they kind of just dull things to a mud.

UPS/DOWNS:

Every company has or will have a product that really doesn’t match up to the rest of their products quality wise and the Emperor just doesn’t match up to AA’s other products. To me it sounds like a rushed and unfinished product that has potential but needs work. I kind of hear what they are after with the Emperor but I think they should give this one some TLC and send it back out to the market.

We are here to be honest and if I being honest, the Emperor just doesn’t seem like a complete product to me.


See more – Emperor demo by Benoni Studio