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Guitar Amp/Effect Modelling VST Plugins Round Up

ampFor the last decade or more, software creators have tried to replicate the sounds of the real instruments that people have learned to love over the years, such as the sound of a PRS guitar plugged into and Orange valve amp – and we have come a long way.

Leading music software developers Native Instruments offer their Guitar Rig Pro solution that gives you a huge variety of options for tweaking your guitar tone – offering a very wide range of amps, cabs, effects, and mics. And this is done all through an admittedly geeky but clean interface for €179.

One of the few hardware amp manufacturers that produces its own amp modelling plugin is Peavey with ReValver, originally developed by Alien Connections. It offers some pretty phenomenal emulations of Peavey amps, but you also get a good variety of models of other manufacturers’ gear including effects and stompboxes. Add to that, the draggable rack-based design and the ability to host VST effects and you have a very powerful solution on your hands for £179.

IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube has long been a leader in this field, offering one of the best interfaces around alongside over 160 components making beautiful tones through its suite of stomps, effects, mics, cabs, and amps. At 270 euros it isn’t cheap, but they do offer a free version of AmplitTube 3 which limited to 24 gear modules with others available for later purchase – meaning there is a much cheaper way to get the tone you need for that guitar sound.

Another free option is the suite of LePou guitar plugins which provide a variety of guitar amp and cab simulations both Mac and PC for nada – always something we appreciate here at AudioMelody. If you don’t mind a rather basic interface that comprises of simply a list of faders and parameters to adjust then the freeware Simulanalog Guitar Suite is another great option – it offers five stompbox emulations, two amps (models of the Fender Twin 1969 and the Marshall JCM900 Dual Reverb), and we found the lack of a glitzy interface refreshing.

Of course in our book it is difficult to match the enjoyment offered by the real guitars and ams that you can pick up easily over at our sponsors Sounds Great Music, but the software is now matching the hardware in tone.

[photo courtesy of Kainet]

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