How to Get More Than Eleven? Eleven MK II AAX Guitar and Bass Emulation Plug-in

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Eleven MK II – More than Eleven

The popular Eleven guitar amp and cabinet emulation AAX plug-in from Avid has just been upgraded with more amps, cabinets and features. It is available now from the Avid Store and Avid Resellers to purchase, or from the Avid Store to upgrade from the original Eleven, Eleven LE or the Eleven/Eleven LE Bundle. Let’s take a look at what’s new and different about Eleven MK II.

More Amps and Cabinets

Eleven MK II has all the same 16 amps and 7 cabinets as the Eleven plug-in but with an additional 17 amps and 8 cabinets. The amps and cabinet emulations have been ported over from the Pro Tools | Eleven Rack hardware interface. Pro Tools | Eleven Rack originally had the same 16 amp and 7 cabinet models as Eleven. The Eleven Rack Expansion Pack, which is now included with Pro Tools | Eleven Rack,  added the same extra 17 amps and 8 cabinets to the Eleven Rack that are now available in Eleven MK II. So Eleven MK II and Pro Tools | Eleven Rack now have exactly the same set of amps and cabinets.

Check out this PDF ‘Eleven MK II Quick Reference Guide to Amps Cabs and Mics‘ which shows what amp, cabinet and mic hardware the Eleven MK II emulations are based on.

Bass Amps and Cabs

Eleven MK II now includes 2 bass amps; the ‘1969 Blue Line Bass’ based on the great 1969 Ampeg SVT head, and DC Bass also based on a 1969 Ampeg SVT head but with a scooped lower-midrange response, enabling you to achieve more thundering lows with a tighter response than the original amp. And—unconventionally for a bass amp—DC Bass offers a tremolo circuit. Both these amps are well matched to the the ‘8×10 Blue Line’ bass cabinet based on an Ampeg SVT 8×10 with “towel bar”.

The DC amps are all custom Avid designs based on various different amp combinations to achieve new and unique sounds.

Link mode: the '1967 Black Panel Duo' amp is matched to the '2x12 Black Panel Duo' cabinet for an emulation based on a 1967 Fender® Twin Reverb®

New Link Mode

Eleven MK II now includes a link feature; click on the link button to link the amp to its intended cabinet. When first turned on the cabinet will change to match the selected amp and the LED will turn orange showing that cabinets are linked to the amps. Select a different amp and its associated cabinet will be automatically selected. When linked, if you change cabinet, the amp stays the same but the LED goes blue to show this is not the associated cabinet, changing an amp will again select its intended cabinet and the LED will go back to orange. Switch off the link so the LED is off and amp and cabinets can be independently selected.

This is a great feature since it allows you to try different amps without having to worry about matching the amp to the cab. For example, the ‘1967 Black Panel Duo’ amp is based on a 1967 Fender® Twin Reverb®, which is a combo amp with the 2×12″ Jensen C12Ns speakers built in. Link automatically selects the ‘2×12 Black Panel Duo’ speakers for the correct match of amp to speakers – see the screen above.

Eleven MK II Cabinet plug-in - instantiated on an Aux Track and being fed from the pre-speaker output of the Eleven MK II in the previous guitar track

New Eleven MK II Cabinet Plug-in and Multi-cab Workflow

Eleven MK II comes with a new standalone Eleven MK II Cabinet plug-in that includes just the cabinets from Eleven MK II for sound design and multi-cab rigs, insert it onto any track to get the sound of a mic in front of a cabinet.

You can now send Eleven MK II to multiple cabinets to simulate larger guitar rigs.  Eleven MK II supports the Aux Output Stems feature in Pro Tools. You can select the pre-cabinet output from any instance of Eleven MK II as an input to a track – see the screen above. By adding multiple Aux tracks and instantiating the Eleven MK II cabinet plug-in on each track, you can send an amp to multiple cabinets with complete control of how the cabinets blend into the mix, the end result is a workflow that feels more like tracking and mixing a mega live guitar rig.

Two new mics, Dynamic 12 and Dynamic 20, available for the 8x10 Blue Line bass cabinet

New Mic and Cabinet Combinations

Eleven MK II includes two new mics, the ‘Dynamic 20’, based on the Electro-Voice RE20 Cardiod Microphone, and ‘Dynamic 12’ based on the AKG D112 Dynamic Microphone. These are both great mics for bass so they become available when the ‘8×10 Blue Line’ cabinet is selected – see screenshot above. Check out this PDF ‘Eleven MK II Quick Reference Guide to Amps Cabs and Mics‘ for more details on the mics and the combinations of mics and cabinets.

Eleven MK II and Pro Tools | HD

Eleven MK II will automatically be deposited into Pro Tools | HD 12 customer accounts as part of the All Access plug-in bundle that comes with the Annual Upgrade and Support Plan. Eleven MK II is AAX DSP compatible with Pro Tools | HDX systems. Pro Tools | HD customers who own a perpetual license for Eleven can upgrade that license to Eleven MK II through the Avid store.

Eleven Legacy Issues

Eleven MK II includes licenses for Eleven MK II, Eleven and Eleven LE. Initially the install includes Eleven MK II but Eleven and Eleven LE installers will be added to your Avid Master Accounts in the near future. Eleven legacy installs can also be found on the Eleven MK II product page. Presets from Eleven will open in Eleven MK II but Eleven MK II presets will not be backwards compatible.

  • Session contains Eleven: System contains Eleven: Eleven opens
  • Session contains Eleven: System contains Eleven MK II: Eleven MK II opens up with proper settings
  • Session contains Eleven MK II: System contains Eleven: Plug-in is inactive
  • Session contains Eleven MK II: System contains Eleven MK II: Eleven MK II opens as expected

Pro Tools Eleven Plug-in Promotion

The Eleven plug-in promo with Pro Tools ran until Dec 31st 2015. Customers that purchased Pro Tools 12 Perpetual License, Annual Upgrade and Support Plan, and Annual Subscriptions, activated from Aug 21st 2015 to Dec 31st 2015 received the original Eleven plug-in for free, not Eleven MK II. All customers that received the Eleven plug-in as part of the promo can upgrade to Eleven MK II on the Avid Store.

Eleven MK II is not connected with, or approved or endorsed by, the owners of the AKG, Ampeg, Bogner, Celestion, Fender®, Jensen, Marshall®, Mesa/Boogie®, Neumann, Royer, Sennheiser, Shure, Soldano, and VOX® names. These names are used solely to identify the guitar amplifiers, speaker cabinets, loudspeakers, and microphones emulated by the Eleven MK II plug-in.

Get Eleven MK II

Buy, or Upgrade to Eleven MK II from Eleven, Eleven LE or the Eleven/Eleven LE Bundle

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