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 mics off that list if it meant the price would come down. The same goes for a lot of the positions used. Choptones do however have one of the largest mic and speaker selections in the industry so if you buy impulse packs but just can’t find the mics or mic positions you want, Choptones may have you covered.
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.
- Hess 212 VTY
- Hess 212 ATY
- Angel 212 V30
- Brit MC212 Vet30
- Hess 212 Demon
- VTH 412 V30E
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 and experience Choptones. You get great sounding cabs and mic blends but a lot less flexibility in the options.
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.
You can find a lot of demos on the Choptone Youtube channel – here is one of them – a Bogner 212 IR.