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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 8 reviews )
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tarrtime03/07/2013

tarrtime's review"Unique Selection of Amps"

Waves GTR3
The GTR3 software is very easy to use. It is intuitive if you are familiar with guitar effects/amp chains. There are decent presets included to get you started if you aren't experienced at creating your own tones. Compared to other amp sims, I think the presets in GTR3 are actually a lot better than the presets in NI Guitar Rig, Amplitube, Pod Farm, etc.
One thing that was a little strange for me was the dual amps in the full version of the plug-in. They come set up with two amps (one panned left, and one panned right). Most of the time when I am working on a tone, my preference is to only use one amp. It was a little frustrating to have to disable one amp everything I opened the software, but I guess it is just a matter of preference.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

One thing that I like about the software is that it comes with "lite" versions as separate plug-ins. This can be useful when you don't have use for the entire toolrack, but just want to add a single amp or an effects box. This can be done to save CPU processing when working on a full mix.
The other main benefit of having the different versions of the plug-in is for tracking. A big problem when tracking guitars is latency when the computer needs to process the signal, so it plays back the audio with a slight delay. Most DAWs give you the option to decrease the latency with the trade-off of decreased processing power for decreased latency. Therefore, I like to use the "lite" versions of the plug-ins during tracking with low latency. Then I switch to the full versions of the plug-in during mixing when I want to add more effects, dual amps, etc.

OVERALL OPINION

The Waves GTR3 is an amplifier simulator (and effects too) plug-in to be used in a DAW. It includes models of guitar amps ranging from 'clean' to 'high-gain.' Many of the classic guitar amps are included (fender, vox, marshall), although it is a little difficult to tell some times which amps are which. Other amp sims are more obvious about which amp you are using, but just change the name due to licencing. In Waves GTR3, it is harder to tell, but it is more about finding one that sounds good rather than picking a particular amp. There are some unique amps included that aren't included with other amp sims. I think this is probably due to the partnership between PRS and Waves for this product. Nonetheless, there are some cool sounding amps that you won't find elsewhere.
The effects are decent. Waves is best known for their general effects (eq, compressors, etc) and less known for amp sims in particular, so I had high expectations for what they would include in this effects package. I would have liked to see some better effects like an 1176 compressor model or SSL eq model inside GTR3, similar to how Native Instruments has these effects as options to be used inside Guitar Rig.
stompboxjon02/11/2013

stompboxjon's review"Great amps and effects, didnt like the layout though"

Waves GTR3
The Waves GTR3 is a package of amps, cabs and stomps. You can change microphone settings add fX and sync to BPM (for effects). There are just so many things that can be done with this plug in, I have been using it for months now and I have always been a fan of Waves plug ins so I knew what I was going to get before I even installed it.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Installing these plug ins on my Macbook was very easy, I do suggest having a good amount of RAM and a tleast be running 10.5 or higher (OSX). There are a total of 25 guitar amps, 7 bass amps, 26 stomps and 29 cabs in the GTR3 bundle. The presets are professionally done and I barely have to do any tweaking with them because they sound great just as they are. Though I do like to work with Guitar Rig better than GTR3, but the presets in GTR3 are better than the standard presets that come with Guitar Rig. I just like Guitar Rig better because of the set up and layout/interface. I just think it is easier to work with because of the flow of the amps and adding effects.

OVERALL OPINION

I have used GTR3 as a stand alone version too, but I prefer to use it as a plug in with Pro Tools and Cubase. I love using these amps on different sound just to create cool effects; I have done some drums with them and even put them on synths before just to test out the waters. There are a lot of presets and effects to play with in this bundle and I highly recommend it.
For the price of this package, you are getting a lot of value out of it. It installs easy and is ready to go right way with minimal troubleshooting or learning. It does come with a manual but I didn’t even have to look at it. This package of amps was created by award winning guitarist and the sound is incredible.
Hatsubai06/14/2011

Hatsubai's review"Waves' amp sim software"

Waves GTR3
I should preface this entire review by saying that I'm mostly a heavy metal guitarist. Because of that, my opinion on what a good modeler should sound like might be a bit different than yours. Waves GTR3 is modeling software that Waves has released in order to help break into the modeling market. The software is meant to model various amps such as Vox, Mesa/Boogie, Fender, Marshall and more. The biggest issue I found is that it really doesn't sound that great compared to other, less expensive modelers out there. In fact, my favorite modeling plugins are free, so these are quite expensive in my eyes. The overall interface is easy to get used to, and it's pretty logical how everything works. Setting up effects is simple enough, selecting different mics and cabs is a piece of cake, and laying down riffs is no problem at all. The issue occurs in the actual tone of these modelers. They sound very fake and plastic-like. Because of that, it makes playing with them a bit of a challenge. When you're constantly fighting to get a good tone and feel, playing can be a real challenge. Granted, I've only used this plugin at a friend's recording studio, I just couldn't get used to it for heavy metal and lead work. I generally find it's more geared towards those who are playing on the softer side, so it could simply be that it's not suited towards my style of music.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The plugin looks pretty decent, so there's no issue there. There's an issue with it working only in 32 bit in Logic, but Logic has a built-in converter that'll automatically launch it in 32 bit so you don't have to convert the entire program to run it. It's basically acting like a wrapper to run it in 32 bit instead of 64 bit. It's easy to get everything configured in the DAW as you can just enable it in an empty bus and go from there. I never noticed it being a huge memory hog, so no issues there, either. Granted, I haven't used it for a very long time, but I tried to get used to it for a few days and couldn't get anything useful out of it.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for a good modeler out there, look for the free VSTs. There are lots of guys who emulate 5150s, Engls, Rectos and other amps that are much better and more lifelike than these. You'll need some sort of impulse application and impulses, but those things can be had for free. I'm talking about the legal free, not the illegal piracy free, too. It might be worth checking out if you're more of a classic rock guy, but I just couldn't get it to work out for me.
moosers02/24/2011

moosers's review

Waves GTR3
Waves GTR3 software is a collection of guitar and bass amplifier modeling plug-ins for your DAW. I've got GTR3 on my home system, without the Studio Guitar Interface that is also sold with the software as well as individually. Their aim is I guess to provide an all in one recording rig for guitarists who want to move to an in the box set up. As far as getting GTR3 up and running goes, it shouldn't take very long as it's a simple step by step process like that you'll find with installing any software. You can even buy it as a download if you want to further shorten up the process. Learning to use the software itself is actually really easy. Each of the amps and stompboxes in here will take a bit of time to learn as they're all a little different, but if you're familiar with real amps and guitar gear, you should be able to figure everything out in time. I love that each of the amps is actually modeled after the real thing, making it that much easier to understand. I don't think that the manual would be necessary but everyone is different.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I'm currently running the Waves GTR3 on my home rig, which is Pro Tools 9 based. I've got a Mac Book Pro laptop that has a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM that I run everything on and have a Digi 002R for Pro Tools. I haven't had problems running GTR3, but on a lesser system I can definitely see it happening since it does take up some processing power. Make sure that you have a pretty stable system before purchasing GTR3.

OVERALL OPINION

Waves GTR3 is some of the most complete amp modeling software available. While in general I'm not the biggest fan of amp modeling as I like to get my guitar sounds using real amps, GTR3 can really help you extend on your natural guitar sounds or make some from scratch. I haven't used it with the optional Studio Guitar Interface, but with it you'd have a pretty good all in one set up. Having said this, the Studio Guitar Interface isn't going to be any better than most audio interfaces, so don't sweat needing all of it together. GTR3 software on it's own is quite powerful and definitely recommended for anyone in the market for high quality amp modeling software.
EricH10/14/2009

EricH's review

Waves GTR3
Very easy to use (you need an iLok to get the license)

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

My setup: Macbook core 2 duo 1.83GHz 2Gb ram, running leopard
It works great

I use it with a Presonus Audiobox with a buffer of 64 samples and it never crashes.

OVERALL OPINION

This plug-in is incredibly realistic, I haven't heard anything better (and I have tried almost everything there is: guitar rig, revalver, amplitube, pod farm)
It gives me the impression that I'm playing with a real tube amp, the crunch sounds are truly wonderful!

At this price point, it's really worth it.

I'll do my next gigs with my mac and a midi pedalboard.
J.Yves05/21/2009

J.Yves's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Waves GTR3
- Installation is it without problem?
Yes no problem but my advice to future user to first register the license on the site in order to Waves Tlcharger version available every day of the new amps upgrade notament Neil Citron ...

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
No no

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Yes if it is recording the license key via ILOK binding GTR 3 ..
When recording on the Waves site you will be asked the "iLok account name" does not like me it is indeed a question of your login name, not your ..
After waves pass the license on the iLok account is simply to connect and Tlcharger code and synchronize with the key ILOK ..
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
I do not really need to consult the manual as the principle of GTR 3 is common to other amp simulators, for against a allows you to have a apperu of different amps and stombox MODELS available ...

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

- What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)
Asus P5Q, Intel quad core 2.5 Ghz, 4GB, SATA II 7200 t / m and a Toneport UX2

- The software works he correctly on this configuration?
No problem ..

- What performance? (If quantifiable)
Trs good, not perfect stability dcrochage or bug ..

- This software + hardware configuration is stable?
Yes trs stable even if the Toneport UX2 I use my computer pross in this config I get a level of near-zero latency ..

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?
For over two months now ..

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Without any doubt the quality of the series especially modlisations Neil Citron which includes the CHARACTERISTICS of a Carvin Legacy, and rings of hell .. I will not deny that I was spending time and even a lot of time but is your exact, even if we tend to forget that a virtual amp that is supposed to reproduce the final sound of the amp Modl I come here with three GTR find sensations in the game in notament palm mute on saturated fat sound ..
As far as I see at least if it's not quite as many marks as the sounds of plants are often poor ..

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
Ohh lala yes I almost all the boards,, Pod farm, Gearbox, Amplitude sries, guitar rig, and many others (yes I know but in fact am often in large 'travel and what happiness can dplac all that stuff with just a computer and a scraper)
- How do you report qualitprix?
Excellent performance in light of prcise but I need to take the version with the PRS interface which itself plays an important role in the final result ..
Note also that the PRS interface is a USB interface such as interface comes with guitar rig but an audio interface that you connect your guitar and your sound card ..

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
AHHH and I Yesssss prcise also important because it is the trs Ractive and servitude of the people in technical hotline Waves, I was able to settle my problem error transfer license not even in 48 hours .. Superrrrrr
proaudio-plugins.com05/22/2008

proaudio-plugins.com's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Waves GTR3
- Installation is it without problem?
In fact I had problems with installation ProTools
No worries on stand alone
- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
not
- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Yes
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
It could be a little toff on routing option and the MIDI setup with Protools

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)
PC Intel Q6600 with 4GB Ram Protools
- The software works he correctly on this configuration?
Yes

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?
2 months
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The best: the sound of the amp, the choice of microphones and the use of effects plug ins in sparmment (we used a fair bit of effect pedals without the rest)
The least: the background noise gnrer some amp simulators. Temperatures requiring the pedals to the Gate to better control the noise.
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
SVX Amplitube 2 and amplituve
- How do you report qualitprix?
correct
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes
PanpanLikesMetal04/21/2008

PanpanLikesMetal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Waves GTR3
- Installation is it without problem?
absolutely no

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
I had to beginners Tlcharger 4All ASIO because the other I did not work on it. Parcontre when I use plug-in in Cubase with ASIO has another function, though now I use the Digidesign ASIO.

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Aside from what I said prcedemment (and still is not hard to Tlcharger a free software) yes

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Not read

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)
Pentium IV 2.93GHz, 2.46 GB DDRII, HDD: 160GB internal + 320 GB external sound card HERCULES MUSE + interface Digi001

- The software works he correctly on this configuration?
Yes well, especially with the last Digi001 because it is better to have a low latency trs to really simulate the amp when playing live (not VST plug-in.)

- What performance? (If quantifiable)
It's not really quantifiable, except that I RPET is better to have a sound card with low latency and trs ASIO thing.

- This software + hardware configuration is stable?
I've never had a problem up here.

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?
5 months

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
as: use amps, speakers from amps Labors tural existing as well as the multitude of effects pedals, everything without dbourser the price of everything beautiful hardware
the least: it is a simulation, so it's good for recording but it is hard to spend his time playing guitar or bass with his computer. Do not believe it's an amp vritable.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
not

- How do you report qualitprix?
pretty good, finally there is not much comparison possible

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
yes