BIGbox: Modern Classics

$ 49.99

Product Description

The Modern Classics collection captures the big cabs and even bigger sounds of rock, hard rock and metal. We sampled a few small cabs for added flavor. Sculpt a truly epic tone.

Treat yourself to impulse responses from 22 iconic speaker cabinets. Bring life to lifeless simulations. Add some oomph to your amp sim hardware. Or, crank your tube amp to 10 at any volume.

For Redwirez' 10th anniversary we've reimagined our collection with 10 years of customer feedback in mind.  Yes!  They sound different. They sound better!

Cabinet IR mixing tips: Hone Your Tone

mixIR³ Uber-V30_T75 cabinet module

What’s New in the Anniversary Edition

  • Longer. Now 500ms for better bass definition.
  • Smoother. Advanced processing to remove unwanted acoustic artifacts.
  • Cleaner. Less noise, better SNR.
  • Easier. Presets for commonly used studio techniques.
  • Mix ready. We filter out the rumble and buzz. IRs sit better in the mix.

Why Redwirez

Each BIGbox cabinet is sampled at 0, ½, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12 inches – at up to 6 different speaker positions. This systematic sampling method results in a "grid" of IRs with small, linear changes between them. Because the samples are predictable you can pick a starting point from our "Dialing in your tone" checklist or choose a preset, then quickly zero-in on the perfect sound.

You can use the same micing techniques used in a studio because each library is like a real cab. You like the graininess of your 57, but it has a little too much sizzle, then move it closer by an inch. You want two 57s with one off-axis. Go for it. You want to mic the cone and boost those highs for more air. You can.

A good guitar tone is built with many moving parts. Your setup is unique. Don't settle for someone else's idea of good tone. Hone your own.

What You Get

The collection contains both raw IRs and mixIR³ IR modules.

IRs are packaged as WAV audio files in a variety of sample rates. They can be loaded into most any convolution software or hardware.

MixIR³ IR modules are for use with Redwirez mixIR³ only. Each module contains all IRs for a single cabinet in one file.  Loading up an IR module in the mixIR³ brings up a point-and-click visual interface for selecting mics and mic position. Modules also provide controls for tweaking the cabinet's impedance curve and bass response.

The mixIR³ plug-in is not included with the Modern Classics library. 

Sound Samples

Hard Rock: no EQ, no compression, so TURN IT UP!
Helix: Bogner Uberschall
Headrush FX: Satriani Style
Helix: EVH Brown Sound
AxeFx: More EVH Brown Sound
Helix: Bogner Shiva - Jonn Mayer Style
AX8/CAA3: Various Styles
Helix: VOX AC15 + TS808
Helix: Matchless Country Ballad

IR Features

  • 22 iconic speaker/cabinets used on some of the greatest recordings EVER
  • Sampled with 14 industry-standard microphones, each with their own special sound
  • Up to 6 mic positions to dial in the right tone for your amp
  • 9 different mic distances for different amounts of proximity effect, cabinet and room sound
  • 500ms IRs packaged in common sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
  • Aligned for better phase coherence. Mix multiple cabs and mics without comb filtering.
  • Uncompromising signal chain. Cabs driven by a super-clean power amp, captured with classic Neve preamps and top-notch converters.
  • Compatible with a wide range of recording software and hardware. If your plug-in or device can load a WAV file then it is likely compatible.

mixIR³ PPC412 cabinet module

mixIR³ Module Features

  • Exclusively for the Redwirez mixIR³
  • All current Redwirez cabs can be loaded as modules into the mixIR³
  • Navigate a virtual 3D cab to visually sculpt your tone
  • Accurately model tube amp and speaker interaction with cab-specific impedance curves.
  • Easily adjust cabinet bass response
  • Equal loudness compensation. Constant level across IRs so you can make decisions based on tone not volume.
  • MixIR³ plug-in is not included with the Modern Classics library

IR Sampling

Diagram of samples on speaker face

Speaker cone sampling positions.

Diagram of samples on speaker profile

Speaker cone sampling distances.

Redwirez IRs are sampled using a rigorous system. As a result, the change from one IR to the next is consistent and predictable. This allows you to dial in the perfect tone.

We sample the upper left (or top) speaker of each cabinet using up to 6 positions. The positions are (as shown above):

  • Cap center
  • Cap 45° Off Axis
  • Cap Edge
  • Cap Edge 45° Off Axis
  • Cone
  • Cone Edge

Off-axis means the mic as tilted at a 45° angle rather than pointed directly at the speaker.

For each speaker position, we sample at up to nine distances: 0", 0.5", 1", 2", 3", 4", 5", 6", and 12".

The mic will pick up different aspects of the cabinet depending on the mic position. The farther the mic is from the speaker, the more bleed it will pick up from the other speakers in the cabinet.

The cap position is the brightest. It has the most high end. The closer you move to the cone position, the less high-end you will hear.

Mics also thin out as they get farther from the speaker. This is caused by the proximity effect exhibited by cardioid and figure-8 mics like the SM57 and R121. It boosts the low-end when the mic is close to the speaker.

Not every mic was sampled in every position and at every distance. Click on the Details links in the cabinet list below for a definitive list of IRs for each cab.

Speaker Cabinets Included

Bogner Custom Shop 2×12

(2) Celestion Vintage 30s

Larger-sized, closed-back Bogner Custom Shop 2×12 cab. Details...

Bogner Uberkab 4×12

(2) Celestion Vintage 30s

Bogner Uberkab loaded with Celestion G12T-75s and Vintage 30s. Because we close mic our cabs, we decided to treat it as three cabs in one. IRs of the T-75s are tagged with "Uberkab-T75". The Vintage 30 IRs are tagged with "Uberkab-V30". Then, to get the vibe of both speakers at once, we made a 50/50 mix of both speakers and labeled them "Uberkab-T75V30". Details...

Bogner Uberkab 4×12

(2) Celestion G12T-75s

Bogner Uberkab where we mic’ed a Celestion G12T-75. Details...

ENGL Pro 4×12

(4) Celestion Vintage 30s.

The highly regarded ENGL Pro 4x12. Details...

Krank Krankenstein 4×12

(4) Eminence Texas Heats

Krank Krankenstein ported cab. This oversized and ported cab produces tons of low-end, uber-scooped mids. The Texas Heats have more aggressive upper-mids than the Legend V12s of the Revolution cab with a slightly less extended high-end. Details...

Krank Revolution 4×12

(4) Eminence Legend V12s

Krank Revolution ported cab. This oversized and ported cab produces tons of low-end, uber-scooped mids, and the aggressive upper-mids of the Legend V12s. Details...

Marshall 1960A 4×12

(4) Celestion G12M25s

Slant Marshall 1960 (stack top) loaded with Greenbacks. We updated this one with more mics for a total of 24. Details...

Marshall 1960B 4×12

(4) Celestion Vintage 30s

Straight Marshall 1960 (stack bottom). Details...

Marshall 1960B 4×12

(4) Celestion G12T-75s

Straight Marshall 1960 (stack bottom). Details...

Marshall 1960B 4×12

(4) JBL K120s

Straight Marshall 1960 (stack bottom). Details...

Mesa Rectifier OS 4×12

(4) Celestion Vintage 30s

Oversized Mesa Rectifier cabinet loaded with four V30s. Details...

Mesa Halfback Bottom 2×12

(2) Mesa Black Shadow-labeled EV12Ls

Bottom, closed-back and ported section of a Mesa "Halfback" 2×12. The EV12Ls have more scooped low-mids in this cab and extended upper-mids compared to the C90s. There are 3 flavors of this cab with this particular speaker. The bottom, closed and ported section, the top section in an open-back configuration (this set) and the top in a closed-back configuration. Each has a distinct sound. The difference is in the amount of low-end and the character of the mids. This set has the most low-end of the EV12Ls flavors. Details...

Mesa Halback Top-closed 2×12

(2) Mesa Black Shadow-labeled EV12Ls

Top, closed-back section of a Mesa "Halfback" 2×12. Details...

Mesa Halfback Top-open 2×12

(2) Mesa Black Shadow-labeled EV12Ls

Top, open-back section of a Mesa "Halfback" 2×12. Details...

Mesa Halfback Bottom 2×12

(2) Mesa C90s

Bottom, closed-back and ported section of a Mesa "Halfback" 2×12 loaded. There are 3 flavors of this cab with this particular speaker. The bottom, closed and ported section (this set), the top section in an open-back configuration and the top in a closed-back configuration. Each has a distinct sound. This particular set has the most low-end of the C90 flavors and a notch at 520Hz which gives it a scooped sound. Details...

Mesa Halfback Top-closed 2×12

(2) Mesa C90s

Top, closed-back section of a Mesa "Halfback" 2×12. Details...

Mesa Halfback Top-open 2×12

(2) Mesa C90s

Top, open-back section of a Mesa "Halfback" 2×12. Details...

Orange PPC412 4×12

(4) Celestion Vintage 30s

Straight Orange 4×12 (PPC412). Details...

Peavey 5150 4×12

(4) Sheffield 1200s

Older model Peavey 5150 4×12 cabinet loaded with four Sheffield 1200 speakers. Details...

Soldano 412B 4×12

(4) Eminence Legend V12s

Soldano 412B loaded with four Eminence Legend V12s. More high-end than the Eminence S12Xs in the standard cabinet. This is a front-loaded cab. So back the mic off a bit. Start at 1" and work your way back. Details...

Soldano 412B 4×12

(4) Eminence S12Xs

Soldano 412B loaded with four Eminence S12Xs. S12Xs were stock in the older cabs. This is a front-loaded cab. Give the mic more distance than you might normally. The cab resonance is pronounced up close and the speakers have a notch in the upper mids between 4kHz and 8kHz. Useful for taming fizzy guitars. Details...

Speakerbox 1×12

(1) EVM12L

200 watt Electro-Voice EVM12L loaded in a solid mahogany, open-backed cabinet. The cab’s lightweight, resonant shell is designed to fill a room with 3 dimensional, lively tone rather than box it in and project it forward. Electro-Voice says, "the EVM12L is a full range speaker with a frequency response specially tailored to cut through the thickest mixes"... and we believe them. Nice low end, too. Details...

Microphones Included

We experimented with a wide range of microphones before we settled on a final lineup. So, not every mic was used on every cabinet. Check the Details link for each cab for a listing of the mics used on that cabinet.

  • AKG C414B-ULS
  • Audix i5
  • Beyerdynamic M160
  • Coles 4038
  • Neumann U47
  • Neumann U67
  • Neumann U87
  • Neumann KM84
  • Neumann M8/CMV563
  • Neumann M7/CMV563
  • Royer R121
  • Sennheiser MD421N
  • Sennheiser MD441
  • Sennheiser MD409
  • Shure SM7
  • Shure SM57
  • TAB-Funkenwerk SM57
  • Electrovoice RE20
  • Earthworks TC30/M50
  • Lawson L47
  • Blue Bottle/B4 (Room only)
  • Blue Bottle/M7
  • Heil PR30

Money-back Guarantee

Within the first 14 days after purchase, if for any reason you do not want your plug-in or IRs you can delete them and receive a full refund. No questions asked.


*All product names used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Redwirez. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were sampled during impulse response capture.

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