Cab Simulator Pedals

With many modern guitarists looking for effective ways to downsize their rigs, cab simulator pedals have seen a sharp rise in popularity. Here at Andertons Music Co. we have a solid selection!

Cab Simulator Pedals

Having a huge guitar rig may look impressive, but trying to transport cumbersome cabinets to gigs can be tricky. To help players make their setups more portable and ergonomic, many guitar pedal companies now produce their very own cab sim pedals.

These powerful stompboxes can be used to replace amp cabinets, meaning that you can have an essential part of your rig literally at your feet!

Cabinet simulator pedals purely emulate the tonal characteristics of guitar cabs. A lot of these pedals come with multiple presets, recreating the sounds emitted by 1x12", 2x12" and 4x12" cabs, as well as different speaker types.

These pedals are therefore most apt at the end of pedalboard chains, with their outputs sent straight to PA systems for live performance, or into audio interfaces for direct recording. A lot of these pedals are very genuine-sounding and are versatile tools for tone experimentation, with some allowing you to import your very own third-party impulse responses.

Cab Sim Pedal FAQs

What is a Cab Simulator Pedal?

Cab simulator pedals are designed to imitate the sounds of guitar cabs. Perfect for players who prefer compact rigs, cab sim pedals can be easily mounted onto pedalboards and are more practical than cumbersome real-life cabs. Offering a number of convincing mic’d up cabinet and speaker sounds (often referred to as ‘impulse responses’), these handy units can be connected directly to PA systems or recording interfaces.

What is an 'Impulse Response'?

An impulse response is a sonic measurement of the sound of a speaker, room or microphone in relation to a sound source. Used to harness the sounds of guitar cabinets, cab simulator pedals rely on impulse responses to reproduce real cabinet tones and speaker configurations. They are often loaded up with multiple presets, and some of these units even let you import your favourite third-party impulse responses.

Where does a Cab Sim Pedal go in my signal chain?

Just like how a real guitar cabinet would be the final stage of your rig, a cab simulator pedal should be placed right at the end of your pedalboard's signal chain. By doing this, you can therefore send your entire processed guitar signal to a front-of-house PA system or audio interface with a convincing mic'd cab sound.