Impulses

Choptones

Choptones is an Italian based company. Apart from impulses, they also offer presets for a wide range of hardware modelers etc.

OVERVIEW:

Choptones is an Italian based company that for some reason has chosen an American flag for their logo. No judgement here, it’s just kind of confusing is all. They have been around a little while now and apart from impulses, they also offer presets for a wide range of hardware modelers etc.

The first thing to note with the main selection of impulses is that they are very expensive. At $40-45USD for a single cab pack, these are by far the most expensive impulses that we have come across collectively on today’s market. $45 for one cabinet is just not a price I would have ever paid if not for wanting to ensure we had a thorough resource.

The selection Choptones offers covers a very wide range of cabinets but the product pages and digital packaging on the website are all basically identical which just seems a bit odd to me given the time put into developing each product. It makes looking through the webshop mind numbing to be honest.

The product line has a lot more modern offerings than anything else which is fine but it would be cool to see what they could do with some older cabinets. The mic selection is pretty vast as well but in all honesty, for me, I could comfortably trim a few mic off that list if it meant the price would come down. The same goes for a lot of the positions used.

Choptones addressed the issue by introducing a more compact and much more affordable line of products called Essential Packs. These trim off a lot of the fat and leave users with some great files to work with. Personally, I think these packs should become a huge focus for Choptones because with the market having so many high quality options for affordable prices, $45 a pack is a major deterrent for the average consumer.

HASR FAVORITES:

  • Hess 212 VTY
  • Hess 212 ATY
  • Angel 212 V30
  • Brit MC212 Vet30
  • Hess 212 Demon
  • VTH 412 V30E

MIC SELECTION:

  • AKG C414
  • Audiotechnica AT2035
  • Audix i5
  • Beyerdynamic M160
  • Beyerdynamic M201TG
  • Electrovoice RE20
  • Electrovoice Cardinal
  • Grundig GDM121
  • Heil PR20
  • Heil PR30
  • Neumann U87
  • Neumann KM184
  • RetroTube II
  • RM700
  • Royer R121
  • Sennheiser e609
  • Sennheiser e906
  • Sennheiser MD21
  • Sennheiser MD421
  • Sennheiser MD441
  • Shure SM7
  • Shure SM57
  • Shure SM58
  • Shure Unidyne III

The verdict sound wise here is simple. The full Choptones libraries do in fact sound great but the price doesn’t really justify things. It seems that there’s a lot of mics, positions and files in the pricier packs that just don’t really need to be there and I question how often some of these options are used by the majority of users.

I see the pricier packs taking a secondary role to the Essentials packs for Choptones in the future because the essential packs give users a smaller and much more affordable way to own Choptones. You get great sounding cabs and the files, mics and positions that in my opinion aren’t overly necessary have been pulled out of the mix.

So my thoughts here are that the Choptones Essential packs are the way to go but if you want to spend more for the extras, Choptones has you covered completely.

www.choptones.com


You can find a lot of demos on the Choptone Youtube channel – here is one of them – a Bogner 212 IR.