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The Press Desk 1st February 2017 07:44 PM

Ten of the best guitar amp simulation plug-ins
 
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Ten of the best guitar amp simulation plug-ins

We all love guitar amps, they’re marvelously enjoyable inventions, but as everything in life they also have their downsides - namely size and volume - and some also cost a small fortune. Despite the fact that the feeling of blasting a guitar amp LOUD can’t ever be replicated inside a computer, plug-ins can more than adequate when it comes to the end result. We asked our users what they are rocking 'in the box', and here are ten of their favourite amp simulation plug-ins (in alphabetical order):



 Destructor

Blue Cat Audio Destructor

Blue Cat Audio’s Destructor doesn’t look like an amp simulator, but let’s not make the mistake of underestimating the immense scope of this plug-in: Destructor is all about distortion in the broadest possible sense, and that includes guitar amplifiers - basically all of them ever! From clean tones to mild overdrive to ultra high-gain, Destructor is equipped with all the tools necessary to deliver tones from across the board. It ships with over a hundred presets which serve as starting points that can be fully tweaked to the user’s taste, and to ease the experience many presets have real-world gear as a reference which should make the tone-finding process much easier. It’s also equipped with an input gate/compressor, input/output filters, a brick wall limiter at the output and visualisation tools including a real time frequency analyser. Destructor is also extremely well optimised and free of any latency, great for playing through it and monitoring the processed signal in real-time while recording. Look no further if you’re after a new and refreshing approach to the amp simulation game.



 Amplitube 4

IK Multimedia Amplitube 4

Amplitube is not just a guitar amp simulator - it simulates literally everything that can possibly go after a guitar cable, offering a plethora of pedals, amp heads, cabinets, effects and many mic options that arguably makes Amplitube one of the most (if not the most) comprehensive guitar rig plug-ins today - and it’s not just a plug-in as IKM also offer it up in mobile and desktop apps. Amplitube brings some of the best gear from recognisable (and licensed) names including Fender, Orange, Fulltone, Soldano, Mesa/Boogie, Seymour Duncan and many others. It also offers different packing and delivery options, with IK Multimedia selling not only the 'regular' plug-in version - but also a 'Deluxe' version which comes with over 20 amps, 25 cabinets and much more - and also making all that virtual gear available through the Amplitube Custom Shop, where users can buy modules a-la-carte according to their tastes and needs. Amplitube is an excellent solution for almost any guitar amplification needs and offers options for "on the go" use at any time with their mobile apps and related products such as the iRig mobile interfaces.



 Thermionik

Kazrog Thermionik

Kazrog Thermionik emulates basically any amplifier you can think of, but unlike solutions such as Amplitube which are based on a single “platform” plug-in, Thermionik offers literally dozens of plug-ins, each with its own amp emulation -but all sharing virtually the same interface layout and visual identity. As of right now there are no less than 30 models available ranging from clean to highly distorted and vintage to modern, all fairly priced and also available in discounted bundles. Keep in mind that Thermionik only models the amp head, so it’s meant to be used alongside something like the Recabinet IR loader cabinet emulation plug-in, but it can also be used with your own virtual cabinet solution if you prefer something else. Definitely a great choice if you want total flexibility without burning a hole in your pocket.



 Guitar Rig 5 Pro

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Pro

Guitar Rig is what we can call a 'veteran' plug-in, with over 10 years of reputable service to producers everywhere, and thanks to Native Instruments’ continued efforts it keeps up with times and manages to stay relevant. Guitar Rig also slots in the “one plug-in to rule them all” category, offering no less than 17 amps & 27 cabinets with many microphone options (that can be blended with each other too), and over 50 effects. With all this, GR should supply more than enough to deliver everything required for sculpting great guitar tones. It’s also highly intuitive to use, with a slick interface that shouldn’t present any obstacles towards achieving the desired result. Also available as a part of the Komplete series bundles. Read our user reviews.



 Brainworx bx_megadual

Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_megadual

The bx_megadual brings a fierce virtual amp plug-in largely based the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier, a widely used high gain amp that's great for seriously distorted tones and perfect for heavier genres. This plug-in offers three different channels (each one 'heavier' than the previous), two tone modes (bold/spongy) and two signal path options (tube and solid-state), which are more than enough to deliver great rock/metal guitars (or anywhere else you might want high gain). Cabinets are provided through 64 “recording chains”, which bring not only the microphone choices but also some other tricks from producer and Brainworx founder Dirk Ulrich. Moreover, it features an input gate, pre/post filters (HP and LP), virtual 'power-soak' settings for the power amp, a configurable delay and amp/cabinet bypass switches. A classy choice if you’re taking the high gain road.





 S-Gear

Scuffham Amps S-Gear

Created by former Marshall Amps product designer Mike Scuffham, S-Gear is arguably the most recommended guitar amp plug-in in the Gearslutz community, and with good reason. S-Gear brings five amp simulations to the table, none of which are direct “1:1” emulations, but instead offering Mike’s particular take on famous amp designs (with a few extra tricks to hand) but without sacrificing tonal authenticity. The amps offered here go from vintage to modern and are able to tackle pretty much any style, with the only notable exception being high-gain amps (they simply aren’t yet available - Scuffham has added more amps and other features to S-Gear since its release, so all hope is not lost). Cabinet simulation is handled by a custom impulse response (IR) loader with its own set of tweaks and a great library of IRs are provided to cover the most common/favoured speaker configurations. Additionally, it provides a configurable input gate, an effects rack with reverb, delay and chorus/flanger modulation and last but not least a standalone app for "DAW-less" use. Read our users reviews.



 Vintage Amp Room

Softube Vintage Amp Room

Softube’s Vintage Amp Room delivers three guitar amps in all their raw and gritty glory. Although the inspiration for the amp models are not disclosed and only named in the software after their colour (brown, green and white), there are strong hints that we’re dealing with a Marshall stack (white), a Fender combo (brown) and a Vox AC30 (green). As the name suggests, this plug-in mimics a studio environment, with the amps presented on the interface for the user to select so it’s just a matter of choosing the desired amp, dial in your settings and then play with the intuitive click-and-drag microphone positioning - finding the desired sounds should be an effortless operation. Amps and cabinets can be bypassed, allowing you to use this plug-in with your other amp/cabinet simulators too. A great choice if you’re classic vibey tones and great ease of use. Also available on the UAD2 platform.



 X50

TSE Audio X50

TSE Audio has made an impact with their X50V2 guitar suite, becoming one of the most recommended plug-ins when it comes to high-gain, über-distorted tones. The X50 brings two amp models - the X50 and X30, inspired by the Peavey 5150 and the ENGL E530 respectively. Along with the two mighty amps comes a pedal board with a Tube Screamer, a gate and a fuzz, a two-channel impulse response loader (packed with fine IRs from some of the best IR creators) and two power amp options. To wrap it up the X50V2 provides an easy to use gain-staging system to make sure you’re hitting the sweet spot, an effect rack with delay & reverb, a three-band EQ with HP/LP filters and a handy tuner. It’s also very affordable, which makes it a no-brainer if you’re doing heavier strains of rock and metal. Read our user reviews.



 Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe

Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe

Universal Audio brings the classic Fender ‘55 Tweed Deluxe to the UAD2-powered systems with an amazing plug-in that not only gives you one of the greatest amps ever but also three speaker choices - with some common 'mods' available as well. It also offers two mic spots with five great mic choices, on/off-axis positioning and 'panorama' settings, making it easy to deliver mix-ready stereo guitars. Needless to say that Universal Audio plumbed the absolute depths of this amp to model each nuance in painstaking detail. If you have an Apollo audio interface the deal gets even sweeter, as you can record with this plug-in in real time through the latency-free Unison preamps.


Honourable mentions to Ignite Amps Emissary, Kuassa Amplifikation Creme, Mercuriall U530 and Peavey Revalver. We should also mention that many of our users are using custom impulse responses for their cabinet simulations, and in this regard the names of Rosen Digital, Ownhammer and Redwirez are often mentioned as trusted IR providers.

Now it's your turn to tell us about your setup - have you opted for a one-stop solution to handle everything or are you using different plug-ins for each particular situation or even component? Please share your methods!

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bobco631 14th February 2017 08:13 PM

Wow . Incredibly off the mark .
Overloud TH3 not even mentioned.
scuffham is great, and really the only competition here, all the rest are just buzzy phasey garbage.
I actually play guitar, a lot , like over 40 years, of JUST guitar playing .
TH3 TH3 TH3!

andersmv 15th February 2017 12:15 PM

I can't believe the SansAmp plugin is not on there... I bet it's been used on more recordings than you could shake a stick at. Before the SoundToys decapitator came out, it got used on almost every single mix I did (ironically not on electric guitar most of the time though). I still find myself using it for bass guitar a lot.

In the early stages of digital distortion and amps, it was above and beyond anything else for years!

DanDan 15th February 2017 11:45 PM

Wavey
 
Waves GTR is pretty impressive too.
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SilverCrucifix 16th February 2017 05:29 AM

I haven't heard any positive reviews about the Blue Cat plugin yet, seems weird that it would be on the top. I also think that Guitar Rig, Softube Amp Room and the Brainworx plugins are pretty bad by today's standards. Kuassa's or Mercurial's products should certainly take their place.

bmanic 16th February 2017 07:35 AM

The brainworx amps are very good actually. They've been updated over the years and at least all the ones I have at this moment are what I'd call "at the very top" of emulation.

Amplitube is the one I just don't understand. It's horrible and has always been horrible. Very weak sounding and has massive issues in the 2-4kHz range, as it has always had.

bobco631 17th February 2017 05:02 AM

+1 for Amplitube being horrible .
Gets so much praise but you can't get a decent sound out of it , there's always some weird aliasing high frequency detail that sounds totally synthesized, never breaks up like a real amp.
but the TH3 on the other hand !!
Man! The Rock 64 amp model!
Has so much depth and character !
You can get soooo much out of just that one model! I can't say enough about how great the new TH3 is !

Jerrick 17th February 2017 10:50 PM

That's the odd thing with amp sims, they are very personal. You can get a usable tone with pretty much all of them, but what makes them click for some is very subjective.

Right now my favorites are the 3 free amps from Mercuriall. Those are the most organic sounding ones. Something in how the low end moves is just like a real amp to me.

Right behind them are the Mesa, Orange, and Marshall models from Amplitube. Killer sounds from those. I don't use the cabs from Amplitube. Favorite IRs are from Gods Cab, and they have been working for everything right now.

I was really impressed with Schuffam, but for some reason never kept using it.

Then I group Lepou, TSE, and Joey Sturgis sims all together. Lepou used to be some of my favorites actually. But they all seem a little static compared to the others.

Gonna give that Blue Cat plugin a shot. Seems interesting.

RustyShackleford 18th February 2017 04:57 AM

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Originally Posted by bobco631 (Post 12445470)
Wow . Incredibly off the mark .
Overloud TH3 not even mentioned.
scuffham is great, and really the only competition here, all the rest are just buzzy phasey garbage.
I actually play guitar, a lot , like over 40 years, of JUST guitar playing .
TH3 TH3 TH3!

Wow I seriously don't know what you've been playing. I would think this is so unlikely since you seem to know what you're doing, but I can't help but wonder if something's wrong with the way it's performing on your computer. I can get some AMAZING sounds from Amplitube 4.

If you want an example, I have a real Mesa Boogie Mark IV and V. I also have the Mark IV within Amplitube. I'm telling you, when I record both rhythm and lead tracks, I would be very surprised if you could tell the difference in a blind test.

You may notice there are some slight differences, but you're not going to be able to guess which one is the real thing. I'm serious. I know it being licensed doesn't always mean it's good, but in this case, Mesa Boogie DOES NOT put their name on stuff they don't truly get behind. And in this case, I can see why they were comfortable doing this deal with IK Multimedia.

Also, even the cleaner tones, like with the different Fender Reverbs, sound pretty damn good. Of course they don't just 100% like the real things, no plugin does when it comes to those clean Fender tones. But it's definitely good enough, if you're going to be using a plugin that is.

But alas, I would love for you to give me some specific examples that I could try so I can see what you're talking about. If you can convince me I'm wrong, that will only mean I can find something better and improve my tone. But I've been playing Mesa Boogies for almost 10 years, and so far, Amplitube 4 has the best Mesa plugin I've ever tried or heard.

GeneHall 18th February 2017 05:03 AM

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Originally Posted by bobco631 (Post 12445470)
Wow . Incredibly off the mark .
Overloud TH3 not even mentioned.
scuffham is great, and really the only competition here, all the rest are just buzzy phasey garbage.
I actually play guitar, a lot , like over 40 years, of JUST guitar playing .
TH3 TH3 TH3!

Completely agree..I'm absolutely shocked by this list. I have probably half the listed sims and I would not even recommend most of them to an enemy..:lol:



TH3 is far and away the only recommendable guitar amp sim.

:cop:Please expose the compilist' who put this together for immediate public ridicule.:cop:

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RustyShackleford 18th February 2017 05:14 AM

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Originally Posted by GeneHall (Post 12452720)
Completely agree..I'm absolutely shocked by this list. I have probably half the listed sims and I would not even recommend most of them to an enemy..:lol:



TH3 is far and away the only recommendable guitar amp sim.

:cop:Please expose the compilist' who put this together for immediate public ridicule.:cop:

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Clearly I need to try TH3! But I will say, some of the amps in Amplitube 4 are simply amazing. I should have pointed out I can only speak for the ones I use within Amplitube 4, which are mainly the Mesa Boogie Mark IV, a few Marshalls, and a couple Fender Reverb amps. A few of the pedals as well. All of these are the best plugins for these particular amps I've tried so far.

But when it comes to the Mesa Boogie Mark IV in Amplitube, it literally blew me away. I have a real Mesa Mark IV and a Mark V, and I'm telling you, no plugin comes close to how good Amplitube does it. I was so amazed at how much of the real character they captured, because the Mark IV has a very distinct sound on every channel.

It could be that some of the other amps within Amplitube don't sound that good. Maybe those have left people with a bad impression. I don't really use them so I honestly don't know. But if you want to get it just for the Mesa and the Marshall's, I can stand behind that decision 100%. It's definitely worth it just for those two or three amps alone.

PassionFlower 19th February 2017 05:15 AM

Glad to see that the UAD Fender Tweed made the list! That is by far the best amp sim plugin I've heard. Certainly up there with the Kemper! And it's such a versatile tone beast despite its simplicity. I hope they keep up with that quality in their future amp sims.

I certainly wouldn't say that Amplitube is "horrible". I do think the models are a bit of hit or miss, and they all have a common character to them. They should have spent more time with each model instead of trying to make so many.
I feel that most of the models really benefit from a good third party impulse response instead of the built in cab modeler. But you can get a lot of perfectly good guitar sounds out of that thing. It's not as realistic, organic and responsive as the UAD Tweed however, which makes it less fun to play with for me. Still a really good value for money in my opinion.

RustyShackleford 19th February 2017 05:40 AM

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Originally Posted by PassionFlower (Post 12454389)
Glad to see that the UAD Fender Tweed made the list! That is by far the best amp sim plugin I've heard. Certainly up there with the Kemper! And it's such a versatile tone beast despite its simplicity. I hope they keep up with that quality in their future amp sims.

I certainly wouldn't say that Amplitube is "horrible". I do think the models are a bit of hit or miss, and they all have a common character to them. They should have spent more time with each model instead of trying to make so many.
I feel that most of the models really benefit from a good third party impulse response instead of the built in cab modeler. But you can get a lot of perfectly good guitar sounds out of that thing. It's not as realistic, organic and responsive as the UAD Tweed however, which makes it less fun to play with for me. Still a really good value for money in my opinion.

Hmm... maybe I'll have to try the Fender Tweed as well.

You mentioned using other IR's for the cabs in Amplitube. I actually think this is why many people get a bad impression from Amplitube 4. For some reason, many of the amps sound much better with the Ampliube 4 matching cabs, not other IR's. I know the opposite is the case with many other plugins.

bluecataudio 27th February 2017 02:21 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverCrucifix (Post 12448496)
I haven't heard any positive reviews about the Blue Cat plugin yet.

Thanks for mentioning our plug-in. There have actually been a few reviews of Blue Cat's Destructor already, for example:

Blue Cat Audio Destructor review | MusicRadar
Blue Cat's Destructor Review thegaragebandguide.com
Review - Blue Cat Audio Destructor Distortion and Amp Modeling Tool — Studio One Expert
Review – Destructor by Blue Cat Audio
Review - Destructor By Blue Cat Audio — Pro Tools Expert
Test du plug-in de distorsion Blue Cat Audio Destructor, processeur audio logiciel pour la MAO - Audiofanzine (French)

rockout

Twrogstudio 28th February 2017 01:42 AM

The new Fender 2 pack for Amplitube is great. That, the latest Marshalls and the Mesa pack are streets ahead of anything else in Amplitube. The Fender 2 clean sounds are probably the best I've ever heard itb. TH3 leaves me cold personally, but so does the remaining 85% of Amplitube.

For me, S-Gear, Destructor and Thermionik trounce the competition. Destructor can be hard at first because of the options, but I nailed a tone that left my jaw on the floor tonight, so it is worth the effort. The touch sensitivity, as with S-Gear, is amazing!

And if you want your face to be melted off, lightly seasoned with fire and brimstone and fed back to you.......via your ass, then you owe yourself to check out Thermionik. :evil:

Dave Polich 2nd March 2017 08:55 AM

Everyone has their way of hearing and I have read 100% positive AND 100% negative comments about every single one of the amp plugins listed. I'm done
defending my own choice (Amplitube 4), I'll just say that despite what anyone thinks, I love it and will continue to use it, and if that makes me an idiot than I suppose I'm an idiot, but at least I'm a happy one.

crypticglobe 9th March 2017 05:14 PM

To my ears (and hands) nothing beats the UA Amp Simulators. I actually prefer them to the Kemper. They just need to add a few more. Sign me up for a blackface twin and/or a blackface super, Bogner XTC, Diezel VH-4, 90's Era Dual Rec, all done with the same quality of the existing ones.... and I might even consider switching from real amps...

jimmydeluxe 10th March 2017 10:06 AM

I think kuassa's vermillion deserves a place above some that are ranked, though I'm now using IK's fender 2's and s-gear mostly (when sgear vst3 doesn't suck). I see some to try as well...

joecandy 28th March 2017 04:07 AM

i have every Sim on the list, and the Blue Cat is way on top. Game changer. The number one spot is totally appropriate.

Not to mention, it replaces pretty much all of my other dist/crunch/bit crush plugins like Decapitator, etc. I also prefer
it to many of the top tape sim plugins. The clipper is incredibly musical. I could go on and on. Get the demo. You'll thank me.

Baxterbrown 28th March 2017 05:06 PM

Mercuriall SPARK
 
This top ten list reminds me of the NBA all star voting this year when they started letting players vote for each other and instead of voting for the best players they just voted for their friends or teammates and ended up making a mockery of the whole thing:facepalm: Of course top 10 lists are subjective, but this one just seems like some people saw the list and said, "I own this plugin, so I'm voting for it!"

Anyway, I love amp sims, I love trying them all out, and I love testing the latest and greatest ones (I'm already excited for Helix Native coming this spring!). Many of the amp sims on this list certainly deserve to be there, for sure, but this list is far from exhaustive and nowhere near accurate. Or maybe the list should be qualified to be more specific/segmented; e.g., top 10 by value, or top 10 by feature set, or top 10 by sound quality. Because the current list is all over the place.

Personally, Amplitube gets my vote for best looking, but even its new amps take a lot of work to sound truly organic to me. Every time I open it I'm excited to use it cause it flows well and looks great, but time and time again, I end up disappointed and turn to my other options for more realistic sounds. It's unnecessary hyperbole to say that it sounds "terrible" or "like crap", because it sounds good for the most part, it's just not as good as I can get with the same or less work in other sims.

Peavey Revalver 4 gets my vote for best "bang for the buck." $99 gets a ton of amps, cabs, and pedals and adding a la carte items is super easy and cheap. Out of the box it's right on par with Amplitube sound-wise, but it also includes unique features like ACT and amp learning tools. And this sim didn't even make the list.

Thermionik wins my vote for least inspiring GUI:lol: I know this was a calculated choice by the designer, and many will argue that the visual doesn't impact the sound, but honestly my first impression is that they're just so plain, and with so many amps all looking nearly identical, it's a bit of a pain trying to figure out which one is which. Even the names in my plugin browser are truncated and I can't read the full amp name. That said, they sound good, better than Amplitube in many cases, and much more affordable too. I guess there are trade-offs with every plugin and the pros with this one don't quite outweigh the cons enough for me to use them regularly.

Now, for sound! Which one actually sounds the best? To me, I love Marshalls and Mercuriall's new SPARK, which includes 4 Marshall amps is far and away the best sounding amp sim. It sounds and feels like really well recorded Marshalls. This includes both clean and distorted channels. It comes with great pedal, reverb, and delay effects as well. Here's some of that hyperbole I mentioned before, but these Marshall sounds kill the Marshalls from TH3, Destructor, and every other Marshall sound I've tried. Mercuriall's ENGL sim is great too. These sims aren't as exhaustive and inclusive as some other options, but they sound real, and for me that's the top priority on my list, so they're my go-to sims... for now at least.

Diogo C 28th March 2017 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by joecandy (Post 12532413)
i have every Sim on the list, and the Blue Cat is way on top. Game changer. The number one spot is totally appropriate.

List is in alphabetical order. No particular order of favoritism. :cowbell:

bluecataudio 29th March 2017 08:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecandy (Post 12532413)
i have every Sim on the list, and the Blue Cat is way on top. Game changer. The number one spot is totally appropriate.

Not to mention, it replaces pretty much all of my other dist/crunch/bit crush plugins like Decapitator, etc. I also prefer
it to many of the top tape sim plugins. The clipper is incredibly musical. I could go on and on. Get the demo. You'll thank me.

It's indeed a very different approach from traditional amp simulation. Glad that you like it! kfhkh

RustyShackleford 1st April 2017 01:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Baxterbrown (Post 12533353)

Peavey Revalver 4 gets my vote for best "bang for the buck." $99 gets a ton of amps, cabs, and pedals and adding a la carte items is super easy and cheap. Out of the box it's right on par with Amplitube sound-wise, but it also includes unique features like ACT and amp learning tools. And this sim didn't even make the list.

It seems like people who don't use Reaper cannot get Peavey Revalver 4 to record in their DAW, Logic and Cubase included. I use Cubase.

I don't want to get this if I can't record with it.

Baxterbrown 1st April 2017 04:17 AM

Revalver 4
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RustyShackleford (Post 12540889)
It seems like people who don't use Reaper cannot get Peavey Revalver 4 to record in their DAW, Logic and Cubase included. I use Cubase.

I don't want to get this if I can't record with it.

That's too bad. I use Studio One and have never had an issue in the past 3 years. Can't speak for the other DAWs, but if you do get it to work, it's definitely worth a try.

Madcat5 7th April 2017 08:06 PM

Strange, I have Cubase and have not had any problems using Revalver. I haven't really messed with it since updating from Cubase 8 to Pro but I'll try it when I get home.
@RustyShackleford: Are you one of those people that can't "Seem" to get Revalver to work in other DAW's? They have a demo you know.

icecoolpool 9th April 2017 08:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crypticglobe (Post 12492579)
To my ears (and hands) nothing beats the UA Amp Simulators. I actually prefer them to the Kemper. They just need to add a few more. Sign me up for a blackface twin and/or a blackface super, Bogner XTC, Diezel VH-4, 90's Era Dual Rec, all done with the same quality of the existing ones.... and I might even consider switching from real amps...

I really like their Tweed Deluxe - it really has that speaker breakup tone nailed in a way I haven't heard before with digital modelling. It's especially useful given that pushing a vintage speaker at home recording levels isn't an option for most.

I think it's absolutely worth putting the tech in an actual physical amp - it'd utterly blow Line6 away.

RustyShackleford 14th April 2017 01:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Madcat5 (Post 12554231)
Strange, I have Cubase and have not had any problems using Revalver. I haven't really messed with it since updating from Cubase 8 to Pro but I'll try it when I get home.
@RustyShackleford: Are you one of those people that can't "Seem" to get Revalver to work in other DAW's? They have a demo you know.

I'm wondering why you put "seem" is in quotations, and I'm confused by your question in general, since I pointed out that I didn't yet have Revalver. So how would I be one of those people that can't get it to work when I didn't have it yet? Just curious, no big deal. At the time I posted that, I had not yet downloaded Revalver, nor did I know there was a demo. I had only read a bunch of posts from people who couldn't get it to work with Cubase, Logic, etc..

Anyway, now I have the demo and it works great with Cubase. Thanks for checking. :)

craspler 17th April 2017 11:56 AM

Do any of these hold a candle to the Kemper? I know this is a thread specifically about software but am curious if the TH3 or the best software comes close?

RustyShackleford 17th April 2017 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by craspler (Post 12571014)
Do any of these hold a candle to the Kemper? I know this is a thread specifically about software but am curious if the TH3 or the best software comes close?

Well, I haven't owned a Kemper, so I'm not sure. But you can at least download some of them for free and try them out, like Peavey Revalver 4. You can try out all the Amplitube 4 amps/effects for free for 3 days, but of course you have to purchase the software itself upfront. I love the Mesa Boggie MkIV in Amplitube 4. I would purchase the software just for this amp itself. To me, Amplitube 4 is better than TH3.

What I would do is try out Peavey Revalver first because it's free; installs in no time. All the amps/effects are included, it just has a random beep that goes off once in a while to prevent you from recording with it until you buy the full version. But for jamming, there's really no need to purchase it; the beep only goes off like every couple of minutes it seems.

Davidsguitar 21st April 2017 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by crypticglobe (Post 12492579)
To my ears (and hands) nothing beats the UA Amp Simulators. I actually prefer them to the Kemper. They just need to add a few more. Sign me up for a blackface twin and/or a blackface super, Bogner XTC, Diezel VH-4, 90's Era Dual Rec, all done with the same quality of the existing ones.... and I might even consider switching from real amps...


I was thinking the same thing last night while using the FUCHS sim (I like the 55 also)
....And I have a lot of tube amps I absolutely love...:lol: