I believe nearly every impulse developer brings their own thing to the table. They all seem to have their own unique spin on the process and technology but brand wise, there’s a ton of overlap from company to company. Not saying that’s a bad thing but Dr.Bonkers’ collection of products are all a little off the beaten path.
During my interview with Leon Todd he mentioned Dr.Bonkers and it flicked a switch. I had seen the name and products around and I’d always meant to look into them but when the time came to do this page, I couldn’t recall the name. Thanks Leon!
The product line, the webshop and really everything about Dr.Bonkers appeals to me for a couple reasons. First being that going through the webshop and collections feels like I am in an old used music store or the music section of an old pawn shop. You can almost smell that unmistakable musty scent mixed with gear that’s spent too much time in smoke filled bars. The pics even have what looks like price tags on them, you know the kind that some dumb ass put on a dumb spot of a piece of gear? The kind of price tag that comes off in 50 pieces and leaves your fingers sticky.
The next thing I love about Dr.Bonkers’ collection of misfit toys is that it takes me back to playing in bands as a teenager in the 90s. In those days, no one around had stacks because there just wasn’t an affordable stack until the late 90s or so. Instead what you got was shows with like 8 bands that all had combo amps and beaten up vintage gear probably being used way past it’s due date. Ah, the days.. The point here is that in those days, you’d see a lot of really random gear around.
You can get guitar cabs, bass cabs and then they have a few products that tread the middle ground for use with both. I also had a lot of success using the cabs with a few vintage style keyboard plugins. The speaker and mic options available are as random as the incredible and rare collection of cabinets on the Dr.Bonkers roster.
I found incredible high quality cabs for literally any use, any genre, modern, vintage, high gain, low gain and everything in between. No matter what amp sim or piece of gear I threw at the Dr.Bonkers Soundlab selection, it would spit it right back to me with attitude behind it.It was one application for me however that made the difference…
When I started leaning heavy on the Dr.Bonkers for stoner/doom tones, it made my arm hairs stand up. The selection, the speakers, mics and detail all just band together to create the Graceland of impulses for stoner/doom players. Don’t get me wrong, these cabs do a lot of things well but the fuzz hits the majority of the collection, the quality goes through the roof. You can create the thickest, filthiest wall of doom possible with many of the selections available.
One of the things that tends to set impulse response developers apart the most is their take on blending mics / positions for the mixed/blended files. Dr.Bonkers Hypereal mixes are awesome and from cab to cab you can learn to trust certain files in the hypereal mixes. I always seem to gravitate towards the 421/57 files.
The brand selection is awesome, the mic / mic positions in every pack are extensive and I have grown to trust that no matter what product I get from Dr.B, it’s going to help me find great tone.
- LEGY 412
- EGA 412
- FLTHY 112
- SULA 212
- MBGR-B 810
- BIGW 412
- GEEK-T 410
Dr.Bonkers has quickly become one of my favorites across the board, Their products are unique and the quality is very high. The way they lay things out file wise makes it easy to get what you need. You get a blend of raw and tweaked products with a ton of options from the developer for a very low price.
I strongly recommend Dr.Bonkers Soundlab impulses to all of you because the value and sound quality are both very high but the price is very low. We hope you enjoy your Dr.Bonkers cabs in the near future!!
Check them out at: Dr. Bonkers Soundlab
For a sound example see our demo of a Dr Bonkers Carvin Legacy 412 IR